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The City is a Theatre: Possible Openings in Urban Planning
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The City is a Theatre. It consists of stages, actors, props and manuscripts. It’s a place for unexpected meetings with likeminded, or volatile meetings with conflicting ideas.

Last year the Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö produced a report of ways on how to improve the city. This thesis project investigates how an old industrial area in Malmö could be developed in order to meet the goals set up by the commission.This project propose for new ways of developing the area where existing openings can be used to incorporate ideas of a more participatory and democratic city. These interventions conflict in different ways with the plans made by the municipality; a proposal deemed too homogenous and excluding to meet the goals. But at the same time conflicting with, they also try to meet goals set up in the municipal development plan for the area. Culture is supposed, according to the municipality, to be a driving force for the development of the area. Culture as the city propose however, extends only so far as to include art and old buildings. Culture in this project, on the other hand, is viewed in the broader sence – as ways of living, of seeing things differently, of acting out different rituals and relationships.

The city is not a postcard, with objects for tourists to photograph,but a place where people live their lives.The activities and structures proposed here work as scenographic tools to inhabit the openings and change the outcome of the urban development. As a design tool conflict has been used as a guide for shaping the proposals: Conflicts in activities,materials, shape, structure and colour.The city is not a homogenous place, or rather: it should not be.It is a place where conflicting ideas should meet, prejudices be questioned and people have the abilities to participate and shape their living conditions and surroundings. Democracy is not a process free from friction: rather the friction between ideas is what should be processed through democracy. The idea of forcing everyone into one doctrine, on the other hand, is a dictatorial one, regardless if it is the result of militaristic- or neo-liberal ideologies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 14 p.
Keyword [en]
Urbanism, Theatre, Sustainability, organic, openings, Malmö, city, democracy, people, public, space
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-173355DiVA: diva2:852782
Subject / course
Architecture
Educational program
Master of Architecture - Architecture
Presentation
2015-06-05, Arkitekturskolan, röda tältet, 10:16 (English)
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Available from: 2017-07-03 Created: 2015-09-10 Last updated: 2017-07-03Bibliographically approved

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