209.ENG INTRO Urbanism & Landscape KTH studio collaboration - Mustafa Sherif
This podcast series is in collaboration with the master studio Urbanism & Landscape at KTH school of architecture, Stockholm, Sweden.
Read more about the projects here (PDF).
URBANISM & LANDSCAPE STUDIO:
The Urbanism and Landscape Studio focus on cities, landscapes and territories in the broader context of the environmental crisis. How can we imagine a sustainable and resilient city of the twenty-first century? What can the role of designers be in addressing Agenda 2030, including urgent and interconnected problems such as rapid urbanization, biodiversity loss, social inequity and severe global climate changes affecting our cities? Drawing on the nexus of ideas within landscape/ecological urbanism, resilience theory, and the environmental humanities, the studio challenges the modernist idea of the city as a fixed, delimited territory contrasting the ‘natural’ world around us. Instead, we explore landscape and ecology as organizers of urban space; as providers of catalytic urban strategies that can embrace complexity, multi-functionality and change over time.
More about the focus of this studio during spring 2021.
MASSES AND WATER In the spring of 2021, the studio is part of an ongoing research project called MASSA. It is financed by a four-year state grant trough Formas and is a collaboration between the City of Stockholm, KTH, Gaia Arkitektur and Studio ErixonAalto. They investigate how millions of tons of stone generated during the expansion of Stockholm’s subway can be the catalyst for new resilient urban environments. Historically, land rise and the conjunction of fresh water and saltwater is the raison d’être of Stockholm. Considering the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and increased water flows—as well as the rapid growth of Stockholm— the studio sees the opportunity to take a holistic approach to the potential that 7 million tons of rock brings. The challenges are severe: The Baltic ecosystem is collapsing and by 2050, the sea level rise is estimated to exceed the land rise. In 2100 Lake Mälaren could once again become part of the Baltic Sea and the city would lose its drinking water supply. The studio will work with a number of sites where the stone residue can be used as a resource in relation to the blue wedges in Stockholm and urban development.
TEACHING METHODOLOGY AND ASSIGNMENTS
The teachers and the studio aim at empowering students to develop a critical and systematic outlook to the urban and global problems we face though the study of hands-on, “live” problems grounded in realworld challenges. Urban design is an inclusive, reflective and, by necessity, transdisciplinary practice and students worked closely with decision makers, activists, local organizations, and experts. Learning from history, Students studied how forces of nature, culture and infrastructure have shaped city life. Through combining the critical and the suggestive; analysis and innovation, the students developed bold scenarios that reframe the human-nature relationship.
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