LAS22 (re)Activating architectures
The 2022 edition of Lund Architecture Symposium (LAS22) will engage in (re)activating architectures.During recent years, architecture has frequently been used to communicate the ramifications of contemporary life and culture. Rarer is the communication of architecture’s role within these ramifications. Responding to this dilemma, this symposium will explore architecture that takes a much more active position within the urgency of societal restructuring, reimagining space and form beyond the norms that dictate them. The symposium will unfold different instances and aspects of intervention where (re)activating architectures claim a generative stance within the multiplicity of forces that usher the contemporary condition.
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Lina Ghotmeh - Archeology of the Future: Material Memory
Lina Ghotmeh - Architecture, Paris
Lina Ghotmeh is an architect leading her practice Lina Ghotmeh - Architecture in Paris. She graduated from the American University of Beirut (2003) and pursued her education at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, where she later took on a teaching role as Associate Professor. Her current practice Lina Ghotmeh - Architecture is research-driven and multidisciplinary. Echoing Ghotmeh's lived experience of Beirut, a palimpsest of unrest, the office’s work is orchestrated as an “Archeology of the Future,” where every project develops from thorough historical and material research learning from a vernacular past to build a new “déjà-là.” All of Ghotmeh’s proposals are twists on architecture, notably in projects like Réalimenter Masséna and the development of Stone Garden in Beirut. She now holds teaching positions at Yale School of Architecture and the University of Toronto. She is co-president of the RST ARCHES Scientific Network and the recipient of multiple awards. Her work is currently exhibited at the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice and has gotten widely published, since representing the promising forms of tomorrow’s Architecture.
Sandi Hilal - Stateless vs Stateful Architecture
DAAR - Decolonizing architecture art research, Beit Sahour
Sandi Hilal is an architect, researcher and co-founder of DAAR in Beit Sahour/Stockholm. She was born in Palestine and pursued her architecture education in Italy. She completed her Master’s degree at La Sapienza University in Rome and her PhD at the University of Trieste. She was an Assistant Professor of Fine Art and Urban Studies at the University of Architecture in Venice. 2007 she founded together with Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency). The architectural collective combines multiple disciplines such as architecture, art, urbanism politics and pedagogy to create conceptual speculations, spatial interventions, discourses and collective learning, such as the project “Campus in Camps” in Bethlehem. Hilal’s work has been exhibited in many prestigious institutions worldwide, such as the Biennale in Venice, Istanbul and São Paulo, and been featured in international newspapers and magazines. The collective has received multiple awards and grants for their critical research engaged in the struggle for justice and equality and published different books. Hilal is currently the Lise Meitner Visiting Professor at Lund University.
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Søren Nielsen - Selected Works by Vandkunsten - Social Space
Vandkunsten Architects, Copenhagen
Søren Nielsen is a partner at Vandkunsten Architects, Copenhagen, a firm that was established in 1971 and is regarded as one of the country’s leading socially and environmentally engaged businesses. He received his MArch from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen (KADK). Vandkunsten is devoted to design strategies for sustainability, in particular resource protection, reuse, social, and cultural aspects. The firm undertakes its own research, and considers architectural design at all scales, in particular tectonic strategies, adaptable solutions, weathering of materials and renovation, and the preservation of resources through low-maintenance and “design for disassembly”. Responsible for Vandkunsten's R&D activities, Nielsen initiated the innovation project Nordic Built Component Reuse, which explores new ways of repurposing waste building components as a strategy for preserving embodied energy. Nielsen holds a position as external assistant professor at KADK and has lectured at universities and professional organizations in Scandinavia, Germany, the UK, Portugal, USA, Russia and was recently visiting professor at TU Wien.
Iris Dupper - New Public Space in Re-activated Architectures
Iris Dupper, ByAK, is a landscape architect and partner at Latz+Partner in Kranzberg. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the Beckett University Leeds (1993) and completed her Master at the University Kassel (1997). 2004 Dupper founded her Landscape Architecture office Îlot in Munich, where temporal and permanent installations are created for the private and public sector. Additionally, she collaborates with the region Latium for territorial studies, which were presented at international conferences and exhibitions. Since 2016 she is partner at Latz+Partner, where the focus lies on the complex problems of the future of landscape architecture and urbanism. By combining innovative technologies with tradition and knowledge of the site, the office creates an interdisciplinary dialogue and achieves through that a careful and sustainable shaping of our urban living spaces. Projects such as Parco Dora in Turin and the Landscape Park in Duisburg North show the adaptive reuse of post-industrial structures, which are recognized in numerous publications and prizes.
Kevin Daly - Invention and Intervention
kevin daly Architects, Los Angeles
Kevin Daly, FAIA, founder of Kevin Daly Architects, received his Bachelor of Architecture from the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and his Master from the Rice University School of Architecture. Over his thirty-year career, he has defined a design process that upholds the practical magic of architecture – an alchemical conjunction of craft, materials, and form. Bolstered by abundant research, he has demonstrated the benefits of advanced, unconventional building technology in works that are consistently recognized in publications and awards, and range from public schools, custom residences, and university buildings to affordable housing. Daly is particularly recognized for reclaiming and transforming sites characteristic of the post-war city, turning generic background buildings into models of community identity. Daly has established a critical practice that is nationally recognized and simultaneously engages the profession as well as the local community. He held distinguished university chairs at Berkeley and Michigan, and is a regular faculty member at UCLA.
Discussant - Jesper Magnusson
Head of School, Phd Architecture, senior lecturer at Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University
Graduated at Lund University (School of Architecture) 1996, including one year master-studies at Edinburgh College of Art. Practicing architecture in his own private business for about 15 years, a mixture of building- and interior design, writing (Swedish magazine “Arkitekten”) and teaching. 2005-2009 he initiated and developed a new bachelor programme at Malmö University, AVK (Architecture, Visualisation and Communication).
Phd studies at Lund University 2011-2016 resulted in the thesis Clustering Architectures: the Role of Materialities for Emerging Collectives in the Public Domain. The thesis focuses on how spatial and material conditions affect social and socio-material interaction.
From 2018 teaching at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, architecture, urban design and architectural theory. Head of School since 2021.
Gunnar Sandin - Moderator
Gunnar Sandin is associate professor in theoretical and applied aesthetics. His teaching and research concerns topics that include architecture, urban space, aesthetics and politics. He also has an interest in artistic research methods and visual communication.
Fredrik Linander - Moderator
Architect & lecturer at Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University.
With a background in photography & art, Fredrik Linander graduated as an architect in Lund 2015. After graduating he worked for 4 years at Malmö University with students of planning and architecture. Today, at Lund University, he is in focusing part time on research and part time on teaching in architectural design and theory.
Monika Jonson - Moderator
Monika Jonson (b 1960) is an architect and currently course director and building manager at the School of Architecture at Lund University.
After graduating as an architect at Lund University - with studies also at the Sorbonne, Paris, the Architecture School in Bath, UK, and literature- and film studies (spacial qualities in films of Bergman & Tarkovski) at Lund University - she started her professional career at Nyréns Arkitekter in Stockholm.
For some years she held the post as editor at the Swedish Review of Architecture, and continued as exhibition architect and curator at the Swedish Museum of Architecture (now ArkDes) managing among many things the extensive project Swedish Wood, the starting point for her deeper engagement in leading sustainable architecture and design.
In the mid-90 she founded the interdisciplinary practice Architecture + Media in Stockholm and co-founded Area+Associates, a London-based practice with clients such as the Serpentine gallery, the Nordic Timber Council, the London Graphic Centre and Anton Corbijn. Back in Sweden a decade later she developed new design strategies for the City of Kalmar, parallel with master planning and urban renewal projects.
With her long interdisciplinary and international background in the wide field of architecture, design and communication she is now fully engaged in developing sustainable design- and dialogue processes and strategies for tuition as well as for the renewal of the LTH Campus towards a sustainable future.
Elin Daun - Moderator
Architect and Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University and Kanozi Arkitekter, Malmö.
Elin Daun is an architect and computational designer, with a specific interest for applied, large scale, digital fabrication. She mainly teaches within computational design, architecture, and digital fabrication at LTH where she spends 50% of her time. The other 50%, she spends at Kanozi Arkitekter where she is part of the Innovation group and a practicing architect. Before her current employment, Elin gained experienced from architectural offices in London and Copenhagen such as CRAB, Zaha Hadid and Henning Larsen.
Elin’s main passion within architecture is where design and making meet - where digital fabrication can be applied in full scale and the architectural benefits it provides is showcased.