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Mattias Kärrholm


Professor in Architectural Theory


Department of architecture and built environment

P O Box 118

SE-221 00 Lund

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 23  




Mattias Kärrholm (b. 1972) is a full professor in architectural theory. His research deals with territoriality, the use of public space, urban design, materiality, actor-network theory, society and space and everyday life. He has published articles in international journals such as Urban Studies, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Journal of Architecture, Social and Cultural Geography, Cities, European Planning Studies and Space & Culture. In 2012 he published the book Retailising Space, Architecture, Retail and the Territorialisation of Public Space on Ashgate.


Current research projects include issues on time-space planning, sustainability and the use of public space, urban walking, and on ‘the material turn’ in architectural research. Teaching includes courses in architectural theory and urbanism

Link to Research Portal, Lund University. 



Publications (choice of)


Kärrholm, M, (2014) ”Interobjectivity in architectural research and theory: towards a meta-theory of materiality and the effects of architecture and everyday life”, The Journal of Architecture.19, 1, pp. 64-80.

Kärrholm, M. (2014). The Square of Events-Rhythmanalysing  the Time-Spaces of an Urban Public Place. Lo Squaderno, (32), 9-11.

Kärrholm, M. (2014). Rytmiska problem, Stadens och det förändrade tidslandskapet. Det förflutna i framtidens stad, Tankar om kulturarv, konsumtion och hållbar stadsutveckling, red. D. Nilsson and K. Olsson, Nordic Academy Press, 49-59.

Kärrholm M, Nylund K, och Prieto de la Fuente, P (2013) “Spatial resilience and urban planning: Addressing the interdependence of urban retail areas” Cities, 36, pp. 121-130.

Kärrholm M. (2013) “Building type production and everyday life: Rethinking building types through actor-network theory and object oriented philosophy”, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31 (6) pp. 1109-1124.

Kärrholm, M (2013) “Interstitial space and the transformation of retail building types” in The Aesthetics and Politics of Urban Interstices, ed. A.Brighenti, Ashgate, Aldershot.

Kärrholm,M (2012) Retailising Space; Architecture, Retail and the Territorialisation of Public Space, Ashgate Studies in Architecture Series, Ashgate, Aldershot, 161 pp.

Kärrholm M and Nylund K, (2011) “Escalating Consumption and Spatial Planning: Notes on the Swedish Retail Evolution”, European Planning Studies, 19, 6, 1043–1060.

Kärrholm, M & Sandin, G (2011) “Waiting places as temporal interstices and agents of change” TRANS, Internet Journal for Cultural Studies, 18, june.  

Kärrholm, M (2011)  “The Scaling of Sustainable Urban Form – some scale-related problems in the context of a Swedish urban landscape”. European Planning Studies, 19, 1,  pp. 97-112.

Kärrholm, M (2011) ”Thomas Phillipps och mellanrummet”, OEI 53-54, s. 1237-1246.

Kärrholm, M (2010) “Space Syntax and Meta Theory” The Journal of Space Syntax, 1 (1), pp. 251-253.

Kärrholm, M (2009) “To The Rhythm of Shopping – On Synchronisations in Urban Landscapes of Consumption”, Social and Cultural Geography 10 (4) pp. 421-440.

Kärrholm, M (2008) “The Territorialization of a Pedestrian Precinct in Malmö: Materialites in the Commercialication of Public Space”, Urban Studies, 9 (45) 2008, pp.1903-1924.

Kärrholm, M (2007) “The Materiality of Territorial Production, a Conceptual Discussion of Territoriality, Materiality and the Everyday Life of Public Space”, Space & Culture, 4 (10), 437-453.

Kärrholm, M (2005) ”Den territoriella vardagen” i Varje dags arkitektur, Arkitekturmuseets årsbok, Stockholm 2005.

Kärrholm, M. (2005) “Territorial Complexity, a Study of Territoriality, Materiality and Use at Three Squares in Lund”, Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, nr 1/2005.

Kärrholm, M (2004)  Arkitekturens territorialitet, till en diskussion om territoriell makt och arkitektonisk gestaltning i stadens offentliga rum, Dissertation (supervisor: Finn Werne), Institutionen för arkitektur, LTH, 317 pp.

Kärrholm, M (2002)”Bostadsområdet som fetisch och faktisch, en metodologisk studie till frågan om den konkreta formens betydelser”, Nordic Journal of Architectural Research nr 3/2002.

Kärrholm, M., (2000) Landsarkivet i Lund - en byggnadshistorik, Landsarkivet i Lund skriftserie nr 8, Lund 200, 28 pp.