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Scientific Environmentalism: Design Research in Sweden towards the end of the 1960s
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2011 (English)In: When Architects Design, Draw, Build, ? A PhD, Annual Symposium Of The Nordic Association of Architectural Research, May 2011, Århus, 2011Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

How did architecture research in Sweden become scientific in its approach rather than artistic when architecture education in the postwar period has primarily been influenced by the Bauhaus pedagogy?

A68 reorganized the architecture education and put more focus on environmental studies and building function analysis. As a result, the architecture building included a laboratory for testing technical problems in air-conditioned spaces as well as a laboratory for testing acoustics. The investigation preceding the new curriculum was singularly prepared by Lennart Holm.1

Sometime in the mid-1960s the subject Formlära, Design Principles, as well as Byggnadsfunktionslära, Building Function Analysis, became more and more technical in its approach using empirical research. Most of the published research results in Building Function Analysis came from Lund University and was directed by Carin Boalt, the first female Professor at a technical university.2

1 Lennart Holm worked for the Building Research Board for a long time, completing his PhD dissertation Familj och

2 Carin Boalt had worked on issues regarding nutrition at the National Institute of Public Health until she was appointed Professor of the new subject Building Function at Lund University

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Yngve Öhman, Gunnar Pleijel, scientific environmentalism, Bauhaus pedagogy, Walter Gropius, Building Function Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-85945OAI: diva2:500238
When Architects Design, Draw, Build, ? A PhD, NAF 2011

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Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2016-06-13Bibliographically approved

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