Teaching a Seminar at the School of Architecture in KTH: New Peripheries, New Centers. A Visual Map of Minority Communities’ Spaces in Sweden
September 3, 2018
New Peripheries, New Centers focuses on the spaces inhabited by minority communities that contest contemporary and dominant narratives in Sweden. The course proposes to construct a visual map analyzing daily-life objects, interior spaces and urban contexts not included in normative discourses, policies and practices. Among others, case studies include women’s associations building new rooms for solidarity and sisterhood; migrant families inhabiting domestic settings of the Million Programme; second-generation teenagers occupying public spaces; and indigenous communities proposing a different form of territorial organization.
Meeting place for women with diverse backgrounds, "K.O.K. (Women Desire Collectivity). Project: Petra Bauer and Jenny Richards. Photo: Tensta Konsthall.
The seminar offers a series of theoretical discussions and workshop sessions with experts to advance a common vocabulary on inclusion, diversity, integration, and accessibility. Working in groups, students will research, analyze and document the spatial implications of a minority group in Sweden. Through collecting data, surveying spaces and interviewing the different agents involved in the site, students will propose a visual map with the ambition to create alternative narratives, protocols and design strategies. The seminar’s goal is to discuss possible opportunities for spatial re-appropriation, re-occupation and re-inhabitation by those communities under struggle.