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Gunnar Sandin



Gunnar Sandin is associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. 

His research include: Visual and material culture studies of architecture and urban development; Theories of place, land use and urban planning; Participatory practices in urban space; Arts-based research methods and Inter-art studies.

He is director of research studies, and chair of the research staff committee at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, at LTH/LU. He is also chair of the program committee of the Swedish national research school in architecture (ResArc).

Sandin supervises doctoral students in subjects related to architecture, planning and visual arts. He teaches design and architecture theory at graduate and post-graduate level.

Link to Research Portal, Lund University.  


Publications (Choice of)


Petersson, A., & Sandin, G. (2020 in press). “Expression of wills in a multi-faith space: interior design dilemmas in a public room of silence”. Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief. 16:2, May 2020, Taylor and Francis.

Sandin, G. (2019). ”The making of “Scandinavia” in the visionary design of a theme park”. In Anne E Toft, M Rönn, E Smth Wergeland, (eds.), Reflecting Histories and Directing Futures,  NAF proceedings 2019-1, Nordic Academic Press of Architectural Research.

Sandin, G. (2017), Pretending Democracy: Delegation of Agency in Urban Planning, in Between Tradition and Innovation: Proceedings of the world congress of the IASS/AIS.Bankov, K. (red.). Sofia: NBU Publishing House & IASS Publications, s. 1094-1102

Björgvinsson, E. and Sandin, G., (2017), “Hospitalisation and Spatial Vagueness: patients’ sense of plasticity in a care environment”, chapter in Nord. C. And Högström E. (eds.) Caring architecture. Institutions and relational practices, Cambridge Publishers, 33-48.

Sonesson G., Sandin G. (2016), ”Urbanity: The City as the Specifically Human Niche”, chapter in David Dunér/Göran Sonesson (eds.) Human Lifeworlds: The Cognitive Semiotics of Cultural Evolution, Frankfurt am Main/New York: Peter Lang, 191-228

Sandin, G. (2015), ”Modes of transgression in institutional critique”, chapter in Transgression: Towards an expanded field of architecture, ed. L. Rice and D. Littlefield, London: Routledge, 217-229.

Sandin, G. (2015), ”Low Enough High-rise”, Lo-Res, 1, Lund: Lo-Res Journal, 152-164.

Sandin, G. (2015), ”The Evolutionary Periphery. Architectonic visualisation of ’affordance’ in urban peripheires”, in Från Konstnärlig Högskola till Universitet: Konstnärlig forskning–Årsbok 2015. (red. Torbjörn Lind), Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet, 128-148.

Sandin, G, (2015), “Den evolutionära periferin. Arkitektonisk visualisering av affordance i urbana periferier”. Chapter in Vetenskapsrådets årsbok för konstnärlig forskning, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet

Björgvinsson, E. and Sandin, G., (2015), Patients making place. A photography-based intervention about appropriation of hospital spaces. ARCH14 International Conference on Research on Health Care Architecture, conference proceedings, Aalto University publication series ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE 6/2015, Helsinki: Aalto University Publication, 25-42.

Petersson, A., Sandin G. and Liljas Stålhandske, M. (2015), “Room of Silence: an Explorative Investigation of Design Students’ Redesign of an Arena for Reflection and Existential Meaning-Making, in Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying, London: Routledge, Published online 18 Sep 2015,

Sandin, G. (2014), ”Temporal Merging of Actantial Models of Space”, in A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology, STS Italia Conference proceedings,, Milano: Politechnico, 185-200.

Sandin, G. (2013), “Democracy on the Margin: Architectural Means of Appropriation in Governmental Alteration of Space”, Architectural Theory Review, vol 18, no. 2, London: Routledge, 234-250.

Sandin, G. (2012), ”The Construct of Emptiness in Augé’s Anthropology of ’Non-places’”. In Toyota J., Hallonsten P. and Shchepetunina M. (eds.) 2012. Sense of Emptiness: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 112-127.

Sandin, G, (2012), Shift of commmunicational context as a measure of originality, In Culture of communication/Communication of culture – Comunicación de la cultura/Cultura de la comunicación. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS). Pilar Couto Cantero, Gonzalo Enríquez Veloso, Alberta Passeri, José María Paz Gago (eds.), Universidade de Coruña

Ståhl, L-H, & Sandin, G. (2012), Modes of communication in artistic research: on Americanness and Architectural Influence on semiotic grounds. In Culture of communication/Communication of culture – Comunicación de la cultura/Cultura de la comunicación. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS). Pilar Couto Cantero, Gonzalo Enríquez Veloso, Alberta Passeri, José María Paz Gago (eds.), Universidade de Coruña ,1089-1100.

Lawaczeck-Körner, K., Johansson M. and Sandin, G. (2012) A pedestrian-oriented view of the built environment: A Vista Observation Analysis (VOA) of urban form. Environmental Psychology Monographs, no 23, Architecture and Built Environment Faculty of Engineering, Lund University.

Kärrholm, M. & Sandin, G. (2011), ”Waiting Places as Temporal Interstices and Agents of Change”.TRANS, Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, no 18/2011,

Sandin, G. & Ståhl, L-H. (2011), ”Aesthetic replacement strategies in hospitals,” Proceedings: Ambience11: where art, technology and design meet 2011, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, 69-77.

Ståhl, L-H. & Sandin, G. (2011), Grounds for Cultural Influence: Visual and non-visual presence of Americanness in contemporary Architecture. In Tiziana Migliore (a cura di) Retorica del visibile. Strategie dell’immagine tra significazione e comunicazione. 3. Contributi scelti 5. Riflessi. Collana di Semiotica dell’arte. Roma. Aracne Editrice.

Sandin, G, (2011), ”Confessions on Land: The poetics of hasty mapping”, Chapter in ed. Hellström Reimer, M., Wilson, R., & Green, N., Land Use Poetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture, (Book Chapter).

Sandin, G. (2011). “De övergivna platsernas retorik”, Ord&Bild: Dokument Dokumentär Dokumentation, 5:2010,, Nätverkstan, Göteborg.

Sandin, G. (2011). ”Bedömning av kreativitet. Om kontextens betydelse vid kritikgenomgångar i konstnärlig utbildning.”, Lärande i LTH, Genombrottet blad 16, December 2011

Sandin, G, (2010) Plats, Politik och Poetik, in Konst, Politik och Poetik, Museum of Sketches, Lund.

Sandin, G. (2009), ”Spatial negotiations. An actant analysis model for the interpretation of land use.” in, LEXIA, Semiotic Journal of CIRCE, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication, no. 3 (Theme: Actants, actors, agents: a comparison between languages and theories of action), University of Torino, 2009, 395-412.

Sandin, G & Ståhl, L-H, (2009), “Building on Iconic ground: Extra-cultural influences in Architecture and Urban Design”, presentation, Nanjing International Symposium on Semiotic Studies, proceedings submitted

Sandin, G, (2008), ”Keys to heterotopia, An actantial approach to landfills as societal mirrors.” Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, (ed. Pia Bille), 2.2008, Trondheim

Sandin, G., 2005, ”American influences in Architecture – on iconic and indexical ground”, book chapter in 01.AKAD – Experimental research in architecture and design, ed. Katja Grillner, KTH, Stockholm, (reviewed, by invitation)

Sandin, G, (2003), Modalities of Place: on polarisation and exclusion in concepts of place and in site-specific art, dissertation in Architecture, Lund University Library, dissertation