Material Conditions

Material Conditions examines the contemporary significance of architecture as a material agent for social transformative change. In the wake of current global challenges it has become urgent to develop theories and methods that in a direct and detailed manner can address and critically analyse the spatial and temporal productions of urban architecture.

Phenomenological approaches intended to describe and to understand architectural effects and situations have consciously resisted far-reaching systematisation, while space syntax theory, as a well-known systematic effort represents the opposite. Important research approaches both from inside and outside architecture further include theories such as non-representational theory, performativity theory and material semiotics, building typology studies, theories of urban design, alteration, and use, time-geography and territorology.


Animals in the Cemetery: exploring animals’ place in the human cemetery, (Anna Petersson)

Architecture in Secular and Post-secular Conditions. On the Aesthetics of Objectionable Matter, (Anna Petersson)

BIG Faith: Immigration and the History, Politics, and Architecture of Large Sacred Spaces in Sweden, (Jennifer Mack)

Dance Dance Dance: Urban Planning and the Desire to Choreograph Urbanity, (Helen Runting)

Deleuze and the City, (Hélène Frichot, Catharina Gabrielsson, Jonathan Metzger)

Feminist Eco-futures, (Karin Bradley, Ulrika Gunnarsson Östling, Meike Schalk)

Healing environment, health & institution, (Jüri Soolep)

Immediate Architectural Interventions, Durations and Effects: Apparatuses, Things and People in the Making of the City and the World, (Alberto Altés, Oren Lieberman)

Inhabitation as a Process. Theoretical Frameworks for Analysing Interiors, (Hilde Heynen)

Park Politics, (Maria Hellström Reimer)

Rethinking the Social in Architecture: The Case of Kvillebäcken., (Catharina Thörn with Katarina Despotovic)

Social Space and Daily Commuting, (Lena Hopsch)

The Possibility of Emancipating Architecture. Categories of Estrangement, (Katja Hogenboom)

The Uncompleted Materiality of the Void - Exploring the "Non-Perfect" Characteristics of Materials, (Kristina Fridh)

Theorising the Material Conditions of Architecture: Towards a Meta Theory of Materiality and the Architectural Effects on Everyday Life, (Mattias Kärrholm)

Urban design and public life: towards a territorological perspective, (Mattias Kärrholm)

What space and whose space? A kaleidoscopic perspective on institutional spatial entanglements, (Ebba Högström)

Visual and Non-visual Agency in the Transformation of Urban Space. On the Role of Democracy in Techniques of Spatial Governance, (Gunnar Sandin)