“The places where we live are continuously imposed on us. In reality the space in which we operate can only exist as a mental model that is continuously modified through experience. It is necessary to find the form that is born out of our experience instead of by imposed schemes.”
Instructions for the use of the city, Ugo La Pietra, 1978
Here we present the work by a group of students from the KTH School of Architecture, over the last year we have worked on different projects in and around Fittja.
Fittja, like so many neighbourhoods from the million-program, is surrounded by preconceived ideas regarding social, spatial and architectural qualities and has been heavily criticized since its implementation. Our aim with this work has been to gain a deeper knowledge about the potentials of areas such as northern Botkyrka, and hopefully produce material that allows for a better understanding about the specific conditions that we operate in.
Context is not static and it is not only a place as architects often tend to think, it exist in every stage of the development of a project. Context is also a spread in an architectural magazine, typologies being taught by professors, visual clichés about space being televised daily, customs translated into law, economical-political agreements, exhibitions and so on. Every new project also modifies all efforts trying to contextualize it, producing new mutated contexts. This exhibition is about tracing these complex ecologies that defines our built environment and the practices involved in creating them. The aim is to critically engage with the discipline and praxis of architecture – understood as the production of rarefied buildings and urban structures – into shifting networks of spatial practices that includes various forms of intervention.
During this year we have seen that the official image of Fittja obscures many other possible readings, through the work parallel observations about Fittja has emerged. Our collective knowledge consists of fragments ranging from construction and tectonics to everyday observations and has produced a series of different proposals. This heterogeneous collection of statistic data, voices of local actors and speculations about the archaeology of the future forms the basis for ways to make visible outlines of a new Fittja. A place driven by many actors and trajectories, a place where other realities become possible to imagine. Through the format of an exhibition new understandings about architecture can hopefully emerge. This work should be read more as a collective research than a group show of individual parts, a strategy of how to produce work under the umbrella of a shared name.
This exhibition SUPERFITTJA is not primarily about documentation and presentation but as much about the production of knowledge, both about finding ways to understand our contemporary city but also to imagine what it could become.
28 May – 30 August
Teachers and students at KTH School of Architecture
Siri Edling Helmers
Viktor Zapata Ekemark
Gusten Eriksson Hemström
Elsa Smeds Johansson