02 Exhibiting


Exhibiting Architecture. The Architecture Exhibition Complex

With Thordis Arrhenius, Elke Krasny, Christina Pech, Meike Schalk, and Roemer van Toorn.

The module will include besides editorial meetings where the work of the PhD students will be further developed and discussed a public lecture by one of the guest professors, a public forum debate with different researchers, curators on architecture exhibitions and a tour through the architecture museum ArkDes.

More information, assignment, time-schedule, reading list will be announced here at a later stage.

Module 02 – Biographies


Thordis Arrhenius is an architect and architectural researcher with a strong engagement in contemporary architectural and urban practice and their theories. Her teaching and research is characterized by a dedication to contemporary critical issues in heritage and urbanism where the historical perspective informs actions and strategies. Arrhenius’ research interests concern the exhibition of architecture in mass culture, the relation between architecture and the museum, and the curatorial aspects of preservation. Recent research projects investigate the role of the architectural exhibition in the reception of modern architecture in Scandinavia, the historiography of conservation, and the strategy of alteration and its architectural and theoretical implications. Under the working title Restoring the Welfare State she is at present developing a cross-disciplinary project on the welfare-state, its cultures, politics, materials and agents, that aims, through study the ‘making’ of the welfare state, to contribute to the understanding of how the material heritage from the post-war period today is valued. Arrhenius has an international profile in teaching, publication, and research dissemination. She has been appointed full-time professor in Culture Heritage at the Department of Social Change and Culture (ISAK), Linköping University Sweden (2015-2018) were she directed a new research platform in modern heritage. She has been appointed professor in Architectural History and Conservation at the Institute of Form, Theory and History, Oslo School of Architecture (2007-2014) where she initiated in collaboration Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS, http://occas.aho.no) and directed the international research project Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture (2011-2014) funded by the Norwegian Research Council as well as the research project Mediated Architecture; the Exhibition as a Discursive Field with the Swedish Architecture Museum (Arkdes) funded by the Swedish Art Council (2012-2014).

Elke Krasny is a curator, cultural theorist, urban researcher and writer. She is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Her theoretical and curatorial work is firmly rooted in socially engaged art and spatial practices, urban epistemology, post-colonial theory, and feminist historiography. In her curatorial practice she aims to contribute to debate in these fields through forging experimental post-disciplinary alliances between research, teaching, curating, and writing. She has been City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2014, Urban culture, public space and ways of life – Everday life and scientific insights, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Vienna University of Technology and 2013 Visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuernberg, Master Architecture and Urban Research. In 2006 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Bremen; in 2011 curator-in-residence at the Hongkong Community Museum Project; 2012 artist-in-residence at the Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University Vancouver and Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal. She has edited and authored a number of books on architecture, urbanism, and feminist historiography. Her writing has been published widely in edited volumes, exhibition catalogues and magazines. Exhibitions she curated include The Force is in the Mind. The Making of Architecture at the Architecture Centre Vienna (Architekturzentrum Wien), Penser tout Haut. Faire l’Architecture at the Centre de Design de l’UQAM in Montréal and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Hongkong City Telling, and Mapping the Everyday: Neighborhood Claims for the Future at the Audain Gallery in Vancouver. In 2012 her exhibition Hands-on Urbanism 1850-2012. The Right to Green was presented at the Architecture Centre Vienna and subsequently at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2012.

Christina Pech is an architectural historian, acting research coordinator at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) and lecturer at the KTH School of Architecture. She is scientific curator of the forthcoming permanent exhibition on architecture in Sweden at ArkDes and pursues a research project funded by the Swedish Arts Council.

Current research interest revolves around the historiography and theory of Swedish modern architecture as well as the international development of exhibiting, collecting and archiving institutions of architecture (both funded by the Swedish Arts Council). Another strand of research examines the interrelatedness of scientific practice, architectural design and urban development in the modern era, investigated within the framework of a research fellowship at the Brussels Center for Urban studies (2017-2018) and presented in the recent article Vetenskapens moderna landskap (with Monica Sand, Plan Journal 2018). Distant as the two orientations may seem, they share the interest in architecture’s role for the processes of modernization and its institutionalization. Teaching activities include a survey course on architectural history and theory in the basic level and an experimental studio engagement in the advanced level.

Meike Schalk is an architect and associate professor of Urban Studies and Urban Theory at KTH School of Architecture. She is head of the doctoral programs in Architecture; and in Art, Technology and Design, a collaboration of KTH with Konstfack, the University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Since 2015, she has been the director of the strong research environment Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social. While her first discipline is Architecture, she holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics of Landscape Architecture from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2007. Schalk was co-founder of the feminist architecture teaching and research group FATALE and is part of the nonprofit association Action Archive dedicated to urban research through approaches of oral history and participatory historiography. Her recent publications include Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections, co-edited with Thérèse Kristiansson and Ramia Mazé, 2017.

Roemer van Toorn is an architect, writer, educator, curator and photographer in the field of architecture and cultural studies. He is also the Architecture Theory professor at the Umeå School of Architecture. He has been in charge of the History and Theory program, was director of publications, exhibitions and the PhD research school at the Berlage Institute. He has lectured and written extensively about architecture and has been the editor of several magazines and publications internationally. Recently he finalized, with the editorial team of the Strong Research Environment Architecture in Effect, Stockholm, the Formas funded double volume research publication “Rethinking the Social”, and “After Effect”, Actar Publishers, 2018. His photography work has been exhibited in Winnipeg, Los Angeles and was part of the exhibition Cities on the Move curated by Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Currently he is finishing his forthcoming publication Making Architecture Politically. From Fresh Conservatism to Aesthetics as Form of Politics, while finalizing his text-image book the Society of The And. (www.roemervantoorn.com).