Jennifer Mack is a researcher at KTH School of Architecture and a postdoctoral fellow at Uppsala University's Institute for Housing and Urban Research. She completed her PhD at Harvard University in Architecture, Urbanism, and Anthropology in 2012. She also holds Master of Architecture and Master in City Planning degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. Drawing on her experience as an architectural and urban designer, her research combines ethnography, history, and formal analysis to study the relationship between social change and the built environment.
- BIG Faith: Immigration and the History, Politics, and Architecture of Large Sacred Spaces in Sweden
- The Architecture of Allotments: Suburbia across the Urban Landscape
Publications (since 2011)
• Segregation by Design: Immigration, Urban Planning, and the Construction of Equality in Sweden (preliminary title). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2017.
• Life Among Planners: Practices, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City, eds. Jennifer Mack and Michael Herzfeld. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.
• “Form Follows Faith: Swedish Architects, Expertise, and New Religious Spaces in the Stockholm Suburbs.” International Journal of Islamic Architecture 4, no. 2 (2015): 401-416.
• “Urban Design from Below: Immigration and the Spatial Practice of Urbanism.” Public Culture 26, no. 1 (2014): 153-185.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters and Conference Proceedings
• “‘We just don’t do that in Sweden!’ Planners, Regulation, and Syriac Single-Family Homes.” In Life Among Planners: Practices, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City, eds. Jennifer Mack and Michael Herzfeld. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.
• “The Right to the Garden: New and Old Allotments in Stockholm,” with Justin Scherma Parscher. In Green Landscapes in the European City, eds. Peter Clark, Marjaana Niemi, and Catharina Nolin. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, forthcoming.
• “Hello, Consumer! Skärholmen and the Swedish Town Center from the Million Program to the Mall.” In Shopping Town Europe: An Architectural History of the Shopping Centre in Europe, 1945-1975, eds. Tom Avermaete and Janina Gosseye. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
• “Böneutrop och det offentliga svenska rummet,” with Ina Blind and Matz Dahlberg. In Mångfaldens dilemma: Etnisk integration och segregation i staden, eds. Roger Andersson, Bo Bengtsson, and Gunnar Myrberg. Malmö: Gleerups, 2015.
• “New Swedes in the New Town.” In Use Matters: An Alternative History of Architecture, ed. Kenny Cupers. New York: Routledge, 2013: 129-145.
• “Centrum on the Periphery: Sweden’s Welfare State, Public Space, and Immigration in the 1970s.” Proceedings, Architecture for Leisure Symposium (2012): 92-106.
Books, Articles, and Book Chapters
• “Eat, Pray, Shop! The Mosque as the Centre of the Town.” In Future People’s Palace, eds. Ola Broms Wessel, Jennifer Mack, and Tim Anstey. Stockholm: Arvinius Förlag, forthcoming.
• Future People’s Palace, eds. Ola Broms Wessel, Jennifer Mack, and Tim Anstey. Stockholm: Arvinius Förlag, forthcoming.
• “Formen följer tron,” Arkitektur 1, (2016): 42-45.
• “Att bygga om Sverige” with Ola Broms Wessel and Tim Anstey, Arkitektur 8, (2015): 82-87.
• “Love in the Time of Pinball.” In Walls that Teach: On the Architecture of Youth Centres, eds. Susanne Pietsch and Andreas Mueller. Delft: Technical University of Delft and Jap Sam, (2015): 75-84.
• Review. The Good City by Allan B. Jacobs. In Planning Perspectives 27, no. 3 (2012): 489-490.
• Producing the Public: Architecture, Urban Planning, and Immigration in a Swedish Town, 1965 to the Present. PhD diss. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2012.
• Review. Den delade staden. Segregation och etnicitet i stadsbygden, ed. Lena Magnusson Turner, rev. ed. In Nordic Journal of Migration Research 2 (2011): 98-100.
• “Not Just Barberry: The Green Spaces of the Swedish ‘Concrete Suburbs,’ 1965-1990.” European Association of Urban History Conference (EAUH), Helsinki, Finland, August 2016.
• “The Right to the Garden: New and Old Allotments.” Architecture in Effect Symposium on Material Conditions, Lund, April 2015.
• “Eat, Pray, Shop! Architects, Mosques, and the New Center.” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, December 2014.
• Discussant for the panel, “Situated Urban Belonging.” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, December 2014.
• “Generous Harvest: Allotment Gardens and the Politics of Urban Green Space in Sweden.” European Association for Urban History (EAUH) Conference, Lisbon, September 2014.
• “From the Million Program to the Mall: ‘Consumerism’ in the Swedish Town Center, 1968-1984.” European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Conference, Turin, June 2014.
• “Eat, Pray, Shop! The Mosque as the New Million Program Centrum.” The Mosque and the Swedish City Conference, Uppsala University, March 2014.
• “Minaret Diplomacy: Urban Planners, Faith Spaces, and the Politics of Urban Design in Sweden.” Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2013.
• “Big Faith: Planning Immigrant Spaces in Sweden.” Architecture in Effect Symposium, Umeå University, February 2013.
• “From Cellar to Megamosque: The Right to Build, Transparency, and New Sacred Spaces.” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2012.
• “Visible Cities, Invisible Citizens: Immigration and the Practice of Public Space.” Emergent Cities Symposium, Uppsala University, March 2012.
• “Centrum on the Periphery: Sweden’s Welfare State, Public Space, and Immigration in the 1970s.” Architecture for Leisure Symposium, KU Leuven, February 2012.
• “Dreaming in Syriac: The Transformation of Swedish Local Planning in ‘Hollywood.’” Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) Conference, Baltimore, November 2011.
• “Safety in Numbers: Architecture and the Remaking of the ‘Swedish Standard.’” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, Montréal, November 2011.
• “Minaret Diplomacy: Urban Planners and the Politics of New Swedish Faith Spaces” (journal article under review).
• Rethinking the Social in Architecture, eds. Sten Gromark, Jennifer Mack, and Roemer van Toorn (book under review).
• “Working the Field: Ethnographic Methods in the Built Environment.” In After Effects: Theories and Methodologies in Architecture, eds. Hélène Frichot and Gunnar Sandin (book chapter under review).
• “An Incomplete Guide to (Faith) Architecture in Stockholm.” In Rethinking the Social in Architecture, eds. Sten Gromark, Jennifer Mack, and Roemer van Toorn (book chapter under review).
• “Religious Austerity: Building the Sacred in the Secular City” (journal article in preparation).
• “Not Just Barberry: The Green Spaces of the ‘Concrete Suburbs’” (journal article in preparation).