A laboratory for the future of Stockholm. 2001 has been declared a year of architecture in Sweden. A number of exhibitions, debates and projects are already up and running. The entire exhibition space at FÃ¤rgfabriken - 850 m2 in the main hall and 250 m2 in the three project rooms - will be used for a workshop and an exhibition which will, in a very hands-on sort of way, provide ideas about the planning of a future Stockholm.
A laboratory for the future of Stockholm.
From the ground up, starting on the floor at FÃ¤rgfabriken in Liljeholmen.
At the present time, about 20 000 people move to the Stockholm region every year, but in 2000, only 690 new flats and other dwelling units were built. The arithmetic is only too obvious. 70 000 people are registered with the housing authority, waiting to receive a proposal. The planners simply can?t keep up with demand. Instead, spontaneous and unsponsored initiatives crop up. Holiday homes are converted to permanent homes. New forms of cohabitation are attempted.
Discussions are already underway at City Hall, and various projects are in the making - but it will take more than that. Above all, a consensus is required to make plans workable and to achieve efficiency in implementing them. And the need to bring together different players - politicians, architects, planners, builders - is ever greater. People?s eyes are on Stockholm. During 2000 alone, 15 American IT firms set up offices in the city - and this despite negative signals from the stockmarket. Will Stockholm?s future city planners be equal to this kind of situation?
In Sweden, the debate about architecture has been more about the design of buildings than about urban planning, despite a widespread tendency abroad to focus on the bigger structures. And in countries such as Holland, this holistic outlook has also meant a revitalised interest in the design of buildings.
2001 has been declared a year of architecture in Sweden. A number of exhibitions, debates and projects are already up and running. It is now time to present the project that will be the grand and important finale to the architecture year: Stockholm at Large. In the end of October 2001, FÃ¤rgfabriken, in collaboration with SAR (the Swedish Architects? Association) and KTH will realise STOCKHOLM AT LARGE, a project aimed at kick-starting the much needed debate on city planning for Stockholm?s future. The entire exhibition space at FÃ¤rgfabriken - 850 m2 in the main hall and 250 m2 in the three project rooms - will be used for a workshop and an exhibition which will, in a very hands-on sort of way, provide ideas about the planning of a future Stockholm.
The floor in the main hall will be covered with an enormous aerial photograph of Stockholm. On its surface, Swedish and international architects, urban planners and other specially invited contributors will work with individual areas of the city, using models of buildings and other tools. They can suggest future buildings or transport systems, which will be modelled directly on the floor. Suggestions can be either experimental or realistic; they can be intended to provoke debate or actually to be built. The important thing is that the result will be a gigantic picture of Stockholm of the future. In this way, we hope to encourage a dialogue about the building and the living of the future - between specialists and laymen, between different players such as architects, builders, politicians and urban planners - and all of them, in turn, with those who are actually going to live and work in the buildings of the future.
STOCKHOLM AT LARGE has a unique opportunity to speak to and move between various audiences and interests. In the initial workshop, some of the most interesting international names will be put into work groups with Swedish colleagues. We see that as an important statement in itself. In conjunction with the project there will be a number of seminars, lectures and round-table talks. Put simply, FÃ¤rgfabriken will be temporarily transformed into a vast laboratory for the future of Stockholm.
Throughout the project, the three project rooms will function as an observation and documentation centre. During the workshop phase, the audience will be able to follow the work being done via monitors and projections, and the results will be continuously documented in web and print productions. Some of these will be mounted on a wall in the main hall. The goal is to create tools that are as clear and comprehensible as possible, so that the debate becomes accessible to the wider public. Following the workshop phase, the audience will be able to wander around directly in, or on, the future Stockholm that has been laid out in the main hall. During the course of the project, a series of seminars and round-table talks will be held on city planning for Stockholm?s future. As it becomes available, more information will be published on FÃ¤rgfabriken?s website. Producer:
FÃ¤rgfabriken in collaboration with SAR and KTH Partners:
Swedish government, Stockholm county councils and the city of Stockholm. Construction companies, architects? offices and many others Project team FF:
Ola Andersson, SAR
October 24 - 27 WORKSHOP
October 28 - November 25 Public exhibition
Fargfabriken Lovholmsbrinken 1, 5 117 43 Stockolm Sweden ph. 4686450707 fax 4686455030