Meike Schalk


Meike Schalk is an architect, associate professor of Urban Studies and Urban Theory and docent of Architecture at KTH School of Architecture. She is head of research education and since 2015, director of the strong research environment Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social. While her first discipline is Architecture, she holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics of Landscape Architecture from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2007. Her research on architecture and urban questions combines critical inquiry into issues of sustainability, democracy and participation in urban development processes with practice-based research methods. Schalk was co-founder of the feminist architecture teaching and research group FATALE, and is part of the nonprofit association Action Archive (with Sara Brolund de Carvalho and Helena Mattsson) dedicated to urban research through approaches of oral history and participatory historiography.


Project(s)


Publications (since 2011)

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
Meike Schalk, Karin Reisinger, ‘Introductory Essay: Styles of Queer Feminist Practices and Objects in Architecture’, Architecture and Culture, Vol 5, Issue 3, 11/2017, 343-352.

Karin Reisinger, Meike Schalk, ‘Becoming a Feminist Architect, … visible, momentous, with, field journal, Vol 7 (1), 2017, 1-12.

Meike Schalk, ‘The Architecture of Metabolism. Inventing a Culture of Resilience’, special issue “Sustainable Architecture”, Arts, 3(2), (Basel: MDPI, open access), 2014, 279-297.

Meike Schalk, ‘Berlin: Altering Relations’, Nordic Journal of Architecture, No. 3, Vol. 2, 2013, 58-66.

Meike Schalk, Brady Burroughs, Katja Grillner, Katarina Bonnevier, ‘Fatale: Critical Studies in Architecture’, Nordic Journal of Architecture, No. 2, 2012, 90-96.

PEER-REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS
Meike Schalk (forthcoming 2018) ‘Critical Projections’ in Hélène Frichot, Gunnar Sandin, Bettina Schwalm (eds), After Effects, Barcelona: Actar.


Meike Schalk, Apolonija Šušteršič, Gunnar Sandin (forthcoming 2018) ‘Common Acts: Critical Participation at Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin and Bukit Brown Cemetery, Singapore’, in Sten Gromark, Jennifer Mack, Roemer van Toorn (eds), Rethinking the Social, Barcelona: Actar.

Meike Schalk, ‘Old News from a Contact Zone: Action Archive in Tensta’, in Doina Petrescu and Kim Trogal (eds), The Social (Re)Production of Architecture: Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice (London: Routledge, 2017), 329-345.

Meike Schalk, Ulrika Gunnarsson-Östling, Karin Bradley, ‘Feminist Futures and “Other Worlds”: Ecologies of Critical Spatial Practice’. In Sherilyn MacGregor (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment, (London: Routledge, 2017), 447-463.

Karin Bradley, Ulrika Gunnarsson-Östling, Meike Schalk, ‘Futurist Feminist Political Ecology – Rewriting Stockholm’s Vision 2030’. In Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson, Ramia Mazé (eds), Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections (Baunach: Spurbuchverlag / AADR, 2017), 301-327.

Elke Krasny, Meike Schalk, ‘Resilient Subjects: On Building Imaginary Communities’. In Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson, Ramia Mazé (eds), Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections (Baunach: Spurbuchverlag / AADR, 2017), 139-147.

Meike Schalk, ‘Projecting Critical Architecture’. In David Hamers, Naomi Bueno de Mesquita, Annelis Vaneycken, Jessica Schoffelen (eds) Trading Places: Practices of Public Participation in Art and Design Research, (Barcelona: dpr, 2017), 129-132.

Meike Schalk, ‘Utopian Desires and Institutional Change’. in K. Bradley, J. Hedrén (eds) 131-149, Green Utopianism. Perspectives, Politics and Micro-Practices. London: Routledge, 2014, 131-149.

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS
Meike Schalk, Resilient Subject_s: On Feminist Practices, Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale, Sheffield University, School of Architecture, 10-12 September 2015. Paper presentation and submitted peer-reviewed paper (Elke Krasny, Meike Schalk, 2015), open access.

Meike Schalk, Feminist Eco Futures: On Critical Environmental Practice, Nordic geographers meeting, Reykjavik, 10-14 June 2013, paper presentation.

Meike Schalk, Feminist Eco Futures – Critical Spatial Practices, ERSCP-EMSU conference on sustainable consumption, Bogaszici University, Istanbul, 2013, paper presentation, proceedings.

Meike Schalk, Apolonija Šušteršič, Café KAFIC: Making in Common. Participation in urban planning and design: Participation in the context of Diversity, Conflict and Power, University of Uppsala 5-6 May, 2011, paper presentation.

EDITED VOLUMES
Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson, Ramia Mazé (eds), Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections (Baunach: Spurbuchverlag / AADR, 2017).
http://aadr.info/feminist-futures-of-spatial-practice/

Karin Reisinger, Meike Schalk (eds), Architecture and Culture, Styles of Queer Feminist Practices and Objects in Architecture, Vol 5, Issue 3, 11/2017.
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfac20/5/3?nav=tocList

Karin Reisinger, Meike Schalk (eds), field journal, Becoming a Feminist Architect, Vol 7 (1), 2017.
http://field-journal.org

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Meike Schalk et al., ‘Participatory Mapping in Bagis/ Deltagande Kartläggning i Bagis, in Ola Broms Wessel, Klas Ruin, Future People’s Palace (Stockholm: Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing, forthcoming 2018).

Meike Schalk, Ramia Mazé, Thérèse Kristiansson, Maryam Fanni, ‘Introduction: Anticipating Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice’. In Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson, Ramia Mazé (eds), Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections (Baunach: Spurbuchverlag / AADR, 2017), 13-23.

Meike Schalk, ‘Feministisk stadsplanering: Kollektiva rekonstruktioner’, KTHA #3, Daniel Koch, Erik Wingguist (eds) (Stockholm: KTH University, 2017), 10-24.

Karin Bradley, Ulrika Gunnarsson-Östling, Meike Schalk, ‘Eco-feminist futures I: An analytical framework’, in Staffan Lundgren (ed.), The Reader: Rethinking the Social in Architecture. Umeå School of Architecture, February 6-8, 2013, 68-71.

Meike Schalk, ‘Interview’, in Ramia Mazé, Magnus Ericson (eds), Design Act, (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2011), 199-207.

Meike Schalk, Apolonija Sustersic, ‘Are you talking to me? Dialogues on site’, in Maria Hellström Reimer, Nigel Green, Robin Wilson (eds), Land Use Poetics, SLU, 2011, 92-97.

Meike Schalk, ‘Die segregierte Stadt. Zukunft der Peripherie?/ The segregated city. Future of the periphery?, in Olaf Bartels (ed.), METROPOLE: KOSMOPOLIS/ Metropolis: Cosmopolis, Vol. 5, IBA-Hamburg series (Berlin: Jovis Verlag), 2011, 164-171.

POPULAR SCIENCE CONTRIBUTIONS
Meike Schalk, ‘Detta är feministisk stadsplanering’ KTH-blog interview by Peter Ardell, 19 December 2016, https://www.kth.se/blogs/reaktion/2016/12/detta-ar-feministisk-stadsplanering/

Meike Schalk, ‘Enkät: Vad är genusmedveten stadsutveckling?’ Genus No. 2, p. 36. Open access: http://issuu.com/genus_sv/docs/genus2_2012

CONVENED INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS, SYMPOSIA AND CONFERENCES
Workshop Theatre of Care + Repair, with Action Archive, Beatrice Stude and inhabitants of the Nordbahnhof area, Vienna, 11-12 November 2017.

Conference and exhibition Making Effect. Research in Architecture, with Magnus Ericson and Bettina Schwalm, at ArkDes and KTH, Stockholm, 14-17 September 2017.

AHRA Conference and exhibition: Architecture and Feminisms. Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, with Hélène Frichot and Karin Reisinger, at KTH-A, Stockholm, 17-19 November 2017.

Symposium Participatory Practices in Art and Architecture. Listening, Translating, Curating, Inter Arts Centre, Malmö, 12-13 November 2015, co-convened with Gunnar Sandin and Apolonija Sustersic. Supported by ResArc (the Swedish school of architectural research), Architecture in Effect (the strong research environment at KTH), the faculty of Urban Design at KTH-A, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and the Inter Arts Center in Malmö.

Workshop Critical Projections. On Theory and Method for the ‘Strong Research Environment’ Architecture in Effect, KTH-A, 12-13 March 2015.

Symposium with Liza Fior, Elke Krasny, Jane da Mosto, Katie Lloyd Thomas, among others, 27 January 2014, to prepare the AHRA conference Architecture and Feminisms, KTH Stockholm, with Hélène Frichot and the Critical Studies in Architecture group.

Three Actions Aktion Arkiv: Witness seminar at Tensta Konsthall (March 5), Guided tour and the re-enactment of a 1992 dinner party at “Familjebo” Glömmingegränd (April 27), Kampen om rummet seminar, ABF-huset (May 8), 2014. Supported by Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm stad KTH, Institute of Contemporary History Södertörn University, SA. Convened with Sara Brolund de Carvalho and Helena Mattsson.

Seminar Take and Adjust, million program seminar, Marabouparken, supported by KTH-A, 6 November 2012.

Lecture and workshop series Feminist Futures, WISP (Women in Performing Swedish Arts), KTH-A and WISP, with Thérèse Kristiansson and the New Beatuty Council, autumn term, 2011.

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE, SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOP CONTRIBUTIONS
Workshop with doctoral students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 31 June 2017.

Active Observer workshop, Oslo National Art Academy, 10-12 May 2017.

Action Archive: The Witness Seminar, Involved Urban Practice: Art, Architecture, Performance, Urban Planning, Urban Learning, Urban Research, presentation and workshop with doctoral students at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2-3 December 2016.

Critical Projections: Can Architecture be an Ethical Practice, Traders Training Week 5, 23 May 2016, Chalmers, Gothenburg.

Common Acts – Performance and Critical-Creative Participation, Big Urban Renewal Projects Complexity, Controversy and Democratic Challenge, International Symposium, 6-7 May 2015, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Venue: Scandic Hasselbacken Hotel, presentation and submitted paper.

Writing workshop, Oslo National Art Academy, 17-20 November 2015, with Bettina Schwalm.

Sustainable Futures. Vision Stockholm 2030 from a Feminist Perspective, Stadens utmaningar, SLU Alnarp, 10 November 2015, presentation.

Introduction on Critical Projections, Critical Projections. On Theory and Method workshop for the ‘Strong Research Environment’ Architecture in Effect, KTH-A Stockholm, 12-13 March 2015.

IBA 84-87 Berlin, presentation for the preparatory symposium for the 2016 AHRA conference Architecture and Feminisms, KTH-A Stockholm, 27 January 2014.

Messy Approaches and the Politics of History Writing, Critical Historiographies. On Theories and Methods workshop for the SRE Architecture in Effect, KTH-A, Stockholm, 8-9 December 2014, paper presentation.

Critical Projections, ‘Strong Research Environment’ Architecture in Effect and Architecture in the Making conference, 9-11 April 2014, Chalmers, Gothenburg, paper presentation.

Eco-feminist futures I: An analytical framework, SRE Architecture in Effect conference in Umeå, 6-8 February 2013, paper presentation.

Feminist Futures, paper presentation, SRE Architecture in Effect conference, Chalmers, 11-12 October 2012, paper presentation.

The Tempelhof Case in Berlin, Green Futures symposium, Arbetets museum, Norrköping, September 6-7, 2011, presentation.

PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Chapter presentation ‘Old News from a Contact Zone. Action Archive in Tensta’, at the book launch: The Social (Re)production of Architecture, with Doina Petrescu (ed.), Ana Betancour, Elke Krasny and Apolonija Sustersic, at FFAR, Stockholm, 8 December 2017.

Book launch, Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice, Sweden’s Architects Association in Skåne, Form/Design Center, Malmö, 21 November 2017, with Ragnhild Claesson.

Book launch, Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice (through Sara Brolund de Carvalho), Späti, Göteborg Design Festival, 21 November 2017.

Book launch, Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice, Pro Qm, Berlin, 18 November 2017, with Hélène Frichot and Jane Rendell.

Critical Projections: What can Architecture Do?, Making Effect. Research in Architecture conference, at ArkDes and KTH, Stockholm, 14-17 September 2017, introduction to the panel Critical Projections.

Book launch, Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice, CFF Centrum för Fotografi, Stockholm, 13 September 2017, with Thérèse Kristiansson, Ramia Mazé. Katja Grillner, Helena Mattsson, Doina Petrescu, Helen Runting, Josefin Wangel.

Book launch, Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice, Design Museum, Helsinki Design Week, 11 September 2017, with Ramia Mazé.

Book presentation, Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice, Communication Department, KTH, Stockholm, 30 August 2017.

Book presentation, Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice, Nachbarschaftsakademie (neighbourhood academy), Prinzessinnengärten, Berlin, 22 July 2017, with Thérèse Kristiansson.

Caring for Communities. Action Archive in Vienna, workshop for Care + Repair, A public workspace of the Architekturzentrum Wien in the framework of the Vienna Biennale 2017, Nordbahn-Halle, 31 June – 14 July 2017, Vienna. Co-authors: Sara Brolund de Carvalho and Beatrice Stude. Curators: Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny.

Project Action Archive, Care + Repair Symposium, Vienna Biennial 2017, 30 June 2017, Nordbahn-Halle Vienna, presentation.

Feministisk stadsplanering: Kollektiva rekonstruktioner, Feministisk och hållbar stadsplanering, 29 November 2016, Dome of Visions, Stockholm, presentation and panel discussion.

Response, Public Enquiries III symposium, Valand, Göteborg, 21 April 2016, with reference to the Kerstin Bergendal’s project PARK LEK, through Marabouparken konsthall, SOMEWHERE and Valand Academy.

Feministisk stadsplanering, vad kan det vara? Kartläggning som verktyg, Praxagora workshop för Svenska Bostäder, 7 December 2015, Områdeskontor Husby.

Response to Kultivator, Public Enquiries I symposium, Allaktivitetshuset Sundyberg, 26 November 2015, with reference to the Kerstin Bergendal’s project PARK LEK, through Marabouparken konsthall, SOMEWHERE and Valand Academy.

Introduction to the session on Listening, Symposium Participatory Practices in Art and Architecture. Listening, Translating, Curating, Inter Arts Centre, Malmö, 12-13 November 2015, co-convened with Gunnar Sandin and Apolonija Sustersic. Supported by ResArc (the Swedish school of architectural research), Architecture in Effect (the strong research environment at KTH), the faculty of Urban Design at KTH, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and the Inter Arts Center in Malmö.

SEiSMiC workshop Reprogramming the City, ArkDes, Stockholm, 26 August 2015, invited expert respondent.

Utopiska begär, Konst och Arkitektur I Stadsmiljöutveckling, Eva Bonniers Donationsnämnd, Konstakademin, Stockholm. 19 March, 2014, presentation and panel discussion.

Action Archive, UTOPIA NOW HERE, Istanbul Design Biennial, 4 November, 2014, Presentation and panel discussion.

Action Archive in Tensta, Urbane Künste Ruhr, 5-6 July 2014, Bochum, presentation.

Artist talk, Action Archive in Tensta, 22 March 2014, Tensta konsthall (Tensta art centre), with Sara Brolund de Carvalho and Helena Mattsson.

Action Archive in Tensta, Social Innovation Research Day at Konstfack 28 January 2014, Presentation.

Feminist Story-Telling, The Social (Re)Production of Architecture, SSoA lecture series, Sheffield University, 2013, presentation.

Homefullness Roundtable, Färgfabriken, 6-7 December 2012, invited participant.

Presentation, Mapping Byälsvägen, Millionprogram. City of the Future symposium, Färgfabriken, 7 March 2012, with the Critical Studies Design Studio KTH-A.

Participation in Planning: The Tempelhofer Feld Case, Sweco, Stockholm, 2011, lunch lecture

FATALE, Design Act, Design Biennial Lisbon, 30 September 2011, presentation and panel discussion,

Relational Aesthetics and Institutional Change, Alteration symposium Moderna museet, Stockholm, August 31, 2011, presentation.

KAFIC. Building in common, Alternative Architecture symposium, Architecture Museum, Stockholm, May 3, 2011, with Apolonija Sustersic, presentation

Artist talk, Barbara Steiner in an interview with Apolonija Sustersic and Meike Schalk, 19 April 2011, gfzk - Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.

KAFIC, Politics and Space, PROSTOR SKE PRAKSE IN POLITIKE II, City Museum of Ljubljana, January 11, 2011, presentation.

EXHIBITIONS
Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice (2017) Making Effect. Research in Architecture, ArkDes, Stockholm. Co-authors Thérèse Kristiansson and Ramia Mazé.

Caring for Communities. Action Archive in Vienna (2017) Care + Repair, A public workspace of the Architekturzentrum Wien in the framework of the Vienna Biennale 2017, Nordbahn-Halle, Vienna. Co-authors: Sara Brolund de Carvalho and Beatrice Stude. Curators: Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny.

Action Archive (2016) Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in feminist curatorial throught, as part of the AHRA conference Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm. Co-authors: Sara Brolund de Carvalho, Helena Mattsson. Curator: Elke Krasny

Action Archive: The witness seminar (2015), Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in feminist curatorial throught, Gallery Toni-Areal, ZHdK Zürich. Co-authors: Sara Brolund de Carvalho, Helena Mattsson. Curator: Elke Krasny.

Action Archive in Tensta (2014), Tensta Museum. Reports from New Sweden, Tensta konsthall. Co-authors: Sara Brolund de Carvalho, Helena Mattsson. Curator: Maria Lind.

Architectural Role-Play: What Architect are You? (2011), 48 Hours Architecture, exhibition and performance, Architecture Museum, Stockholm, May 3, 2011, with Apolonija Sustersic. Curators: Magnus Ericson, Malin Zimm.

Temporary installation: KAFIC (2010-2014), gfzk - Galerie für Zeitgenösschische Kunst Leipzig (Museum of Contemporary Art). Co-author: Apolonija Šušteršic. Curator: Barbara Steiner.

WITH STUDENTS
Årstafältet Situations (2014). Årsta Folketshus, students of the Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Studio – Situations, Stockholm.

Northern Experiments (2013). Coffice, students of the SUPD Studio – Situations, Stockholm.

Altering Practice/ Participatory Mapping (2011) Blind Spots, Kulturhuset Stockholm, students of the Critical Studies Design Studio.