Upcoming course: Tendencies in Architectural and Urban Research. Info


Finished course: Theories in Spatial Morphology. Info


Finished course: Contemporary Didactics in Architectural Education. Info



The course Messy Matters provides space for playful material explorations of texts and thoughts of contemporary feminist technoscience. Texts by Karen Barad and Donna Haraway are core readings. 5-7 December, 2016 at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Campus Karlshamn, Sweden. More info (pdf).



Who defines the city's identity? Which stories are considered essential, and what makes them so? The conference Creating the city: Identity, memory and participation is organized by the Institute for Studies in Malmö's history, 9-10 February 2017. Deadline for submission is 15 September 2016. More info (pdf).



The fourth edition of the Summer School in Urban Ethnography builds on the collaborative working environment established in the previous editions. The School’s core mission is to provide participants with an inside view on the practice and the skills of urban ethnography. Arranged by the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy. Dates: 13-17 September 2016. More info.



Upcoming PhD course: Constructing criticism. Methods for Studying what Spatial Design does is a 5 day course arranged by Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at University of Copenhagen. Dates: 22-26 August 2016. Deadline for submission: May 15. More info (pdf).




Upcoming PhD workshop: Becomings in planning / Planning in becoming. The purpose is to provide a forum for PhD-students and Postdocs to present and discuss their ongoing work with fellow PhD candidates and more experienced researchers within the fields of spatial planning and territorial governance. 20th-21st of June at KTH main campus, Stockholm. Deadline for submission: 15th of April. More info (pdf).




Upcoming PhD course: The interdisciplinary course Criticizing practice, practising critique - Towards an understanding of criticism in landscape architecture and urban design aims to explore the phenomenon of critique and its importance for the design of buildings and landscape, and offers the opportunity to exercise the writing of a critique. The course takes a landscape architectural perspective, but is very well suited for researchers from other design disciplines, or those interested in the field of design. Last day of registration: February 1. More info (pdf).




Summer Institute in Urban Studies 2016 at the University of Manchester provides an opportunity to investigate leading-edge theoretical and methodological questions, along with a range of associated career development issues, in the field of urban studies. The Institute will feature contributions from internationally renowned figures in urban studies, from inside and outside of Manchester. Last day of registration: January 31. Webpage.




Call for abstracts: 24th IAPS conference, The human being at home, work and leisure. Sustainable use and development of indoor and outdoor spaces in late modern everyday life. The conference is hosted by the Environmental Psychology Research Groups at Lund University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in southern Sweden. Deadline for submission: January 5. Webpage.




Open position for Senior Lecturer at Urban Studies, Malmö University. Deadline for application: January 31. Link to ad (in Swedish).




Call for papers: The Production of Knowledge in Architecture by PhD Research in the Nordic Countries. This symposium provides an essential context for an understanding of the function and practice of architectural knowledge production. More info (pdf).




Designers/engineers and sustainable development. Phd Course, 7,5 hp. Designers and engineers have key roles to play in society and hold competencies needed for steering towards sustainability. The course will give a good understanding of different aspects of sustainability and complexity and highlights the need for multi-disciplinarity. More info.




Upcoming PhD course: Housing, the city and justice, organised by the FORMAS strong research platform CRUSH. The course seeks to explore in what ways the Nordic and European housing markets are assuming a dysfunctional state, and what politics and policies can be implemented to solve this. Start in April 2016. Course description (pdf).




Upcoming PhD course: Landscape and Identity. With its focus on key concepts of landscape and identity, the course seeks to combine two broad fields of research. The prime concern will be with landscape geography, but with a keen eye to the various ways in which landscapes are connected to material and discursive processes of identity formation. Uppsala, spring 2016. Course description (pdf).




The public lecture Extrastatecraft by Keller Easterling is available for streaming at Umeå School of Architecture. Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale University. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity.






The abstract collection Facts and Fictions (pdf), published at the 10th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium, is dedicated to a critical and constructive discussion on trans-disciplinary approaches to the fictive-factual duality of architecture.

The abstract collection Co-laborations - Sharing authorship and space in architectural and urban research (pdf) addresses the motivations and mechanisms of co-creation, co-making and co-writing, and how they form part of participatory practices.


Eschewing the slick, the finished and the true in favour of the tangential, the speculative and the fuzzy, LO-RES publishes essays on architecture that resonate at lower resolutions.


Upcoming course: Tendencies in architectural and urban research - Focusing on everyday life

Upcoming course: Communications - Design Ways of Communicating

Upcoming dissertation: Clustering Architectures

Public defense of the doctoral thesis How to think about a place not yet - Studies of Affordance and Site-Based Methods for the Exploration of Design Professionals' Expectations in Urban Development Processes by Sandra Kopljar will take place at 13.15, Monday, December 19.


Opponent appointed by the Faculty is Dr Lina Olsson, Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University.


The dissertation is held in Fullskalelabbet, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, A-building, Sölvegatan 24, Lund.

Upcoming dissertation: Clustering Architectures

Public defense of the doctoral thesis Clustering Architectures - The Role of Materialities for Emerging Collectives in the Public Domain by Jesper Magnusson will take place at 13.15, Friday, September 16.


Opponent: Jennifer Mack, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University.


Location: Fullskalelabbet, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, A-building, Sölvegatan 24, Lund.

The course Theories in Spatial Morphology (5 + 2,5 ECTS) gives a comprehensive introduction to the field of theory in spatial morphology with some in-depth investigations on particular contemporary theories.


The objectives of the course are to give PhD-students a good introduction to the field as a whole and its history and origins so that they will be able to position their own work as well as others in relation to different directions and traditions within the field. The students will also be given a developed presentation of the principal traditions of the field with emphasis on some contemporary theories with particular interest for architectural research. The second module will give an introduction to spatial morphology as a research methodology where the students will be given opportunities to develop ideas and reflect on how this could be applied and be made to support their own PhD-projects.


Module 1: October 12-13, November 16-17

Module 2: December 14-15


Course leader: Lars Marcus (lars.marcus [at]

Course coordinator: Meta Berghauser Pont (meta.berghauserpont [at]


The course is held at Chalmers Architecture, Gothenburg. Application is made by following this link (deadline September 19, 2016).


For more info, see the course description (pdf).

Upcoming final seminar: Om konsten att konstruera klassiker

Final seminar for PhD student Anna Wahlöö

Architecture and the Built Environment, LTH


Thesis title: Om konsten att konstruera klassiker. En studie om fenomenet moderna möbelklassiker i det samtida Sverige


Opponent: Denise Hagströmer, Senior curator

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo


Main supervisor: Lars-Henrik Ståhl

Co-supervisors: Anna Pettersson, Cilla Robach


June 20 at 13:15

Room 4011, School of Architecture, Lund

The seminar will be held in Swedish


Please contact Anna for the text at anna.wahloo [at]

Upcoming final seminar: How to think about a place not yet

Final seminar for PhD student Sandra Kopljar, Architecture and the Built Environment, LTH.


Thesis title: How to think about a place not yet

Opponent: Meike Schalk, assistant professor, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH


Main supervisor: Gunnar Sandin

Co-supervisors: Mattias Kärrholm, Catharina Sternudd


May 27 at 13:15-16:00.

Room 4057, School of Architecture, Lund


The seminar will be held in English. Please contact Sandra for the text at sandra.kopljar [at]

Upcoming PhD symposium: Images of Desire

The increasing importance of the architectural image has enormous ethical, practical and political implications for the architectural discipline, which need to be addressed by architectural theory, history, criticism and design research. How can practices of image production in architecture (rendered, montaged, or other) be retooled to produce progressive, emancipatory or critical change? How can we use the architectural image to strengthen architecture’s relation to “the social”? What can we learn from studies of civil imagination, image culture, alternate practices of image production, and postcapitalist aesthetics undertaken in other fields?


For more info on the PhD symposium Images of Desire, see the invitation (pdf). The symposium is hosted by the KTH School of Architecture and supported by the Swedish School of Architectural Research, ResArc.


Date: 3 May 2016, Stockholm.

The doctoral dissertation Walking Along, Wandering Off and Going Astray: A Critical Normativity Approach to Walking as a Situated Architectural Experience by Kajsa Lawaczeck Körner is to be defended at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund at 13.15, Friday, April 29.


Faculty opponent is Katja Tollmar Grillner, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.


For more info, see the poster (pdf).

Upcoming course: Contemporary Didactics in Architectural Education

The deadline for applying to the course has been extended to Thursday, April 7.


Contemporary didactics in architectural education is a basic pedagogical course, developed within the framework of the national research school in architecture, ResArc and hosted by the School of Architecture at Lund University. The course provides opportunities for doctoral students and lecturers within the field of architecture to achieve an overview of teaching and learning in higher education as well as a thorough understanding of contemporary approaches to architectural education. The course meets formal requirements of qualification for pedagogical work in higher education.


For more info, see the course description (pdf).

Open lectures - Co-laborations: Sharing authorship and space in architectural and urban research

Welcome to next week's lectures that are held in connection to the conference Co-laborations: Sharing authorship and space in architectural research.


February 11, 13.00-14.00

Erling Björgvinsson: Narrating Co-laboration and critique in post-Fordism


Erling Björgvinsson is a Parse Professor of Design at the School of Design and Craft, Faculty of Fine Arts, Gothenburg University. A central topic of his research is participatory politics in design and art, in particular in relation to urban spaces and the interaction between public institutions and citizens. Among his publications can be mentioned the chapter ”Public Controversies and Controversial Publics” in the MIT Press book Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design and Democracy.

February 11, 17.30-18.30

Apolonija Sustersic: Hustadt, Inshallah; Performativity and Urban Action

Apolonija Sustersic is a practicing artist and architect with a longstanding interest in collaborative projects related to urban planning, architecture and democracy. She is Professor and Head of Department at Art & Public space, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, since 2014, and presented a PhD in 2013 at Fine and Performing Arts, Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, Sweden, with the title: Hustadt, Inshallah: Learning from a participatory art project in a trans-local neighbourhood.


February 12, 12.00-13.00

Karen Franck: In Dialogue: Listening, Learning, Staying Open

Karen Franck is Professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. She is a social scientists who writes about the social aspects of architectural design and urban public public space. Her most recent works include Design through Dialogue (co-written with Teresa Von Sommaruga Howard), and Memorials as Spaces of Engagement (co-written with Quentin Stevens). She has also written on designing for human needs, in Architecture from the Inside Out, with Bianca Lepori, and on possibility and diversity in urban life, in Loose Space.


All lectures are held in room A:B, ground floor of School of Architecture, LTH.

Sölvegatan 24, Lund, Sweden. No registraton is needed.

Call for abstracts – Co-laborations: Sharing authorship and space in architectural and urban research

Deadline for abstract submission is extended to Monday, November 30.


The aim of the conference Co-laborations: Sharing authorship and space in architectural and urban research is to discuss the various thematic facets and effects of co-laboration, and to encourage co-writing in architectural research. The conference is organized by ResArc and encourages PhD-students, senior researchers (and joint contributions of the two) to submit proposals.


The conference takes place in Lund, Sweden 11-12 February 2016. Deadline for abstract submission is November 30. For more info, see the call for abstracts (pdf).


Upcoming event: Participatory Practices in Arts and Architecture

Update: PhD students will recieve course credits for participating. More info in the course description (pdf).


The two-day symposium Participatory Practices in Arts and Architecture wants to reexamine the issue of participation in contemporary art and architecture practices. In recent decades, art and architecture’s engagement with concerned publics and communities have manifested in range of different ways. These participatory efforts have also been frequently criticized by political scientists, geographers, planning theorists, architects, artists, and art theorists: instead of creating more democratic spatial processes and outcomes, it has been argued that citizen dialogue processes fail to have long-lasting effects or even become complicit in the agenda of neoliberal urban redevelopment. Against these criticisms, it can instead be argued that a range of participatory possibilities exist today which might fruitfully be explored, even if the outcomes of such exploration is not immediately calculable. This symposium attempts—in contrast to views that either look at short-term utilitarian solutions or take their point of departure in negative or dystopian lines of thinking about collaboration—to reread ‘participation’ through the concepts of translation, listening, and urban curating, concepts which demand the unearthing of alternative approaches to participatory practice.


The symposium will take on various formats such as keynote lectures, reviews of projects, participatory research actions and roundtables.


Invited guests are Jeanne van Heeswijk (Rotterdam), Susanne Hofmann/Die Baupiloten (Berlin), Stina Nyberg & Sofia Wiberg (Stockholm).


Time: November 12th – 13th 2015, lunch to lunch

Place: Malmö Inter Arts Center


Participation in this mini-symposium is of no cost, but places are limited. Please register your interest to take part with: bettina.schwalm [at]


The event is organized by Apolonija Šušteršic, Gunnar Sandin and Meike Schalk and supported by ResArc (the Swedish school of architectural research), Architecture in Effect (research environment at KTH, Stockholm), Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Faculty of Urban Design, KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment Stockholm and Inter Arts Center, Malmö.


For a full description of the sympsium, see the program (pdf).

Upcoming event: LO-RES: "Why architecture needs low-resolution critique"

Welcome to the first KTH-A Thursday event of the academic year, highlighting the recently launched architectural theory journal LO-RES. Hailing from the northern edge of Europe, Sweden, LO-RES is published biannually in English, and is supported by ResArc, the Swedish National School of Architectural Research. The editors of LO-RES – Helen Runting, Erik Sigge, and Fredrik Torisson – are hosting the talk, with a contribution from Roemer van Toorn, Professor of Architectural Theory at Umeå School of Architecture.


Thursday 2015-09-17 18.00

New KTH School of Architecture, Osquars backe 5, Stockholm (T-bana 'Tekniska Högskolan')


Read more at KTH School of Architecture.

Call for Papers: LO-RES Issue 2: Real Estate

"Taking inspiration from this neorealist tale, the second issue of LO-RES addresses the material and immaterial forces of real estate. We are seeking submissions from theorists, researchers, writers, and practitioners that address the architectural, theoretical, historical and political significance of the material and immaterial forces of real estate."


Deadline for full submissions: 31st October 2015


For more info , visit the LO-RES webpage.


First issue of LO-RES out now

"This first issue of LO-RES is dedicated to the architecture of infinite extrusion, of capitalist expansion, and of the Welfare State: the high-rise."


The premier issue of the ResArc-supported journal is out, addressing the sociomaterial phenomenon of the high-rise in and through architectural theory.


For more info , visit the LO-RES webpage.




How can so-called Actor-Network Theory be put into practice as a research approach in studies of architecture and the built environment? What could an ‘ANT approach’ imply for how we design, conduct and report on research?


The course Practicing Actor-Network Theory - ANT as a research approach for the study of architecture and the built environment (7,5 ECTS) is given by KTH and Lund University in cooperation.


Areas of research that have been explored by researchers working within the emerging ANT tradition are the mutually constitutive relations between humans and non-humans (machines, animals, technologies, etc), the construction and agency of knowledge, the process of innovation – and how technologies stabilize the social world. ANT is perhaps also particularly suited as a research approach for the study of architecture and the built environment because of its insistence upon taking into regard how human actors both radically shape and are shaped by material and spatial configurations.


The purpose of the course is to give the participants an opportunity to engage with classic as well as contemporary texts in the broader ANT-tradition and to explore how they could apply an ANT-approach to research in their own work and field of interest.


Session 1: 16th to 17th November 2015, Stockholm

Session 2: 14th to 15th December 2015, Stockholm

Session 3: 25th to 26th January 2016, Lund


Apply by sending a statement of interest to resarc [at] with a copy to course leaders Mattias Kärrholm (mattias.karrholm [at] and Jonathan Metzger (jonathan.metzger [at]


For more info, see the course description and poster.

Upcoming ResArc course: Philosophies - Extended Deadline for Application

The deadline for applying to the course has been extended to Monday, 24 August.


The course Philosophies aims to address how the researcher in architecture can make use of the plethora of philosophies available to them, both from within and from without the discipline. We will place a special emphasis on the two-way conceptual traffic between architecture and philosophy, in the recognition of the reciprocal relationship of influence these two disciplines have historically maintained with respect to each other. What are the strategies and tactics that can be fruitfully employed to engage in diverse philosophies from the point of view of the discipline of architecture? How does the architectural researcher maintain a creative and critical relay between theory and practice? How can concepts and arguments (drawn from philosophy and elsewhere) be mobilized by the architectural researcher? For more info, see the course description (pdf).


The content and pre-course assignment that was presented at the conclusion of the Approaches course in Gothenburg, Chalmers will be presented by mail to everybody enrolled for the course.


October 7-9 2015 at KTH Stockholm: Philosophies Course Module One - Ecologies


November 4-6 2015 at KTH Stockholm: Philosophies Course Module Two - Economies


December 9-11 2015 at KTH Stockholm: Philosophies Course Module Three – Technologies


Course Co-Ordinator Hélène Frichot Helene.Frichot [at]

Contact to apply to the course: Carin Österlund carin.osterlund [at]






Past ResArc event: Green Utopian Practices

From the introduction of Green Utopianism:


“Utopian thought and experimental approaches to societal organization have been rare in the last decades of planning and politics. Instead, there is a widespread belief in ecological modernization, that sustainable societies can be created within the frame of the current global capitalist world order by taking small steps such as eco-labeling, urban densification, and recycling. However, in the context of the current crisis in which resource depletion, climate change, uneven development, and economic instability are seen as interlinked, this belief is increasingly being questioned and alternative developmental paths sought.”


The PhD student research seminar on the anthology Green Utopianism (Routledge, 2014) and utopian practices, arranged by ResArc and NUS (Nätverket för utopiska studier), took place at Lund School of Architecture in january 2015. A presentation of Green Utopianism was followed by a panel discussion between Karin Bradley and Alf Hornborg.

In a workshop for PhD students, current PhD projects were presented and utopian thinking was discussed. The event gathered participants from several different subject areas, such as Architecture, Human Ecology, Human Geography, History, Sustainability Studies and History of Religions. Among the range of participants schools was Lund University, The Royal Institute of Technology, Uppsala University and Södertörn University.


For more info on the anthology Green Utopianism. Perspectives, Politics and Micro-Practices, edited by Karin Bradley and Johan Hedrén, visit Routledge.


For more info on Nätverket för utopiska studier, visit the networks Facebook page.




Past ResArc event: China Lanzhou New Area International Symposium on Urban Development

Professor Lars-Henrik Ståhl, director of ResArc, has since 2012 been a member of an international group of experts for Lanzhou New Area in the Gansu province in China. As a part of this involvement, he proposed an international symposium on and in Lanzhou New Area where ResArc PhD students were invited to partake and present their research on contemporary urban planning. The symposium took place between October 16-18 2014 after approximately a year’s preparation and planning.


Resume of the symposium





Upcoming course: Practicing Actor-Network Theory

Upcoming dissertation: Mixed Substrate Computation

Upcoming course: Theories in Spatial Morphology

Upcoming dissertation: Walking Along Wandering Off and Going Astray

The upcoming course Tendencies in architectural and urban research: Focusing on everyday life provides opportunities for doctoral students to achieve an overview of trends, approaches and practices in contemporary architecture research. The course also provides a basic introduction to architecture theory, methodology and academic publication. We will discuss themes, theories and methods of research on everyday life.


Session 1: April 25-26

Session 2: June 13-14

Session 3: September 19-20 (Obs! The dates in September are preliminary.)


The course is held at School of Architecture, LTH, Lund University.


Confirmed guests: Prof. Albena Yaneva (Manchester University), Prof. Andrea Mubi Brighenti (University of Trento), PhD Jennifer Mack (KTH Stockholm), PhD Jesper Magnusson (Malmö University) and PhD Kajsa Lawaczeck Körner.


Deadline for course registration is March 31st. For more info, see the course description (pdf).


Update: The course is cancelled due to the low number of participating students.


How to establish consistency between the text of the dissertation and its theoretical and practical content? To understand and be able to employ different ways of communicating in an academic context this course will examine different facets of academic communication in the field of design and architecture. This includes types of publications (what kinds exist, what venues, what are they directed at) and how are they treated (peer review processes, editors, invited contributions). This understanding forms the basis from which to develop strategies to publish: how does the process of writing a paper differ between types of publications.


The course Communications - Design Ways of Communicating is held at Umeå School of Architecture during the following dates:


Module 1: January 23 - 24


Module 2: February 16 - 17


Module 3: April 5 - 6


The course is open to doctoral students and lecturers within the field of architecture and design. Application is made by email to resarc [at] The email should include name, affiliation and possible affiliation to ResArc.


For more info, see the full course description (pdf).

Public defense of the doctoral thesis Mixed Substrate Computation - Sensor Based Artificial Cognition for Architectural Design and Modification by Stig Anton Nielsen.


27 January, 2017, 13:00 at Eko lecture hall, 1st floor, Chalmers Architecture, Eklandagatan 86, Gothenburg.


Supervisor: Monica Billger, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology

Examiner: Fredrik Nilsson, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology


Opponent: Phil Ayres, Associate Professor, CITA, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark


More info and abstract at Chalmers Architecture.