Mattias Kärrholm

Mattias Kärrholm (b. 1972) is a Professor in Architectural Theory at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, LTH, Lund University. His research deals with territoriality, the use of public space, urban design, everyday life, materiality, actor-network theory, society & space and building types.


Publications (since 2011)


(2016, in press) (with Maria Johansson & Catharina Sternudd) “Perceived Urban Design Qualities and Affective Experience of Walking”, Journal of Urban Design.

(2015) (with Fernandes, José; Chamusca, Pedro; Frago, Lluís; Gasnier, Arnaud; and Pujol, Charlotte, “Time Policies, Urban Policies and Planning”, Revista de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território (Journal of Geography and Spatial Planning) 4(7). pp. 129-157.

(2014) (with M. Johansson, D. Lindelöw & I.A. Ferreira). “Interseriality and Different Sorts of Walking: Suggestions for a Relational Approach to Urban Walking”. Mobilities, (published online ahead-of-print), 1-16.

(2014) ”Interobjectivity in architectural research and theory: towards a meta-theory of materiality and the effects of architecture and everyday life”, The Journal of Architecture.19, 1, pp. 64-80.

(2014) (with Katarina Nylund and Paulina Prieto de la Fuente) “Spatial resilience and urban planning: Addressing the interdependence of urban retail areas”, Cities, 36, pp. 121-130.

(2014) “The Square of Events – Rhythmanalysing the Time-Spaces of an Urban Public Place/ La piazza-evento. Ritmanalizzare gli spazi-tempi di un luogo urbano”,Lo Squaderno 32, pp 9-13.

(2013) “Building type production and everyday life: Rethinking building types through actor-network theory and object oriented philosophy”, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31 (6) pp. 1109-1124.

(2011) (with Katarina Nylund) “Escalating Consumption and Spatial Planning: Notes on the Swedish Retail Evolution”, European Planning Studies, 19, 6, 1043–1060.

(2011) ”The Scaling of Sustainable Urban Form – some scale-related problems in the context of a Swedish urban landscape. European Planning Studies, 19, 1, pp. 97-112.

(2011) (with Gunnar Sandin) “Waiting places as temporal interstices and agents of change”, TRANS, Internet Journal for Cultural Studies, 18, June.


(2016, in press) ”The King and the Square – Relationships of the material, cultural and political in the redesign of Stortorget, Malmö, Sweden” in Rydin Y. and Tate L. (eds) Actor Networks of Planning: Exploring the Influence of Actor Network Theory, Routledge: London.

(2014) ”Rytmiska problem – staden och det förändrade tidslandskapet” in K. Olson och D. Nilsson (eds), Kulturarv, konsumtion och hållbar stadsutveckling, Nordic Academy Press, pp. 49-59.

(2014) “A Territorological Study of Time-Space Production at Stortorget, Malmö 1977-2013”, presented at CIST2014, Fronts et frontières des sciences du territoires, colloque international, Paris 27-28 mars 2014., pp. 245-250.

(2014) “Territorial Production and the Temporal use of Public Space”, Innovation in Architecture & Planning, ICONARCH II, Selcück University, Konya, Turkey, pp. 125-134.

(2013) “Interstitial space and the transformation of retail building types” in The Aesthetics and Politics of Urban Interstices, ed. A. M. Brighenti, Ashgate, Aldershot.


(2015, editor) Urban Squares, Nordic Academy Press, Lund.

(2015) “An Agorology of Everyday Life” in Urban Squares, ed. M. Kärrholm, Nordic Academy Press, Lund.

(2015) “The Main Square Revisited, a comparison of daily uses on Stortorget, Malmö, between 1978 and 2013” in Urban Squares, ed. M. Kärrholm, Nordic Academy Press, Lund.

(2015) ”On crowd space as urban commons” in Benesch, Hammami, Holmberg, Uzer (eds) Heritage as Common(s), Common(s) as Heritage, Makadam: Göteborg.

(2014) (editor with Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Mariasole Ariot) ”Early mornings”, theme issue, Lo Squaderno 32.

(2014) ”Stortorget, ett torg i förändring” i Planering i Malmö, Information från Malmö Stadsbyggnadskontor, Malmö stad, nr 2/2014.

(2012) Retailising Space; Architecture, Retail and the Territorialisation of Public Space, Ashgate Studies in Architecture Series, Ashgate, Aldershot, monograph.

(2011) (with Katarina Nylund and Paulina Prieto de la Fuente) “Retail resilience in a Swedish urban landscape: an investigation of three different kinds of retail places”, in Barata-Salgueiro and Cachinho, Retail Planning for the Resilient City. Consumption and Urban Regeneration. Lisbon.

(2011) ”Thomas Phillips och mellanrummet”, OEI 53-54, s. 1237-1246.


(2015) “The animistic moment, Clarice Lispector, Louis Kahn and a reassembling of materialities” presented at the Transvaluation Symposium in Göteborg 21-22 May 2015.

(2015) “Some notes on time-space territorology”, Assembling Cities: STS concepts and methodologies in planning studies, 20 - 22 January 2015, ETH Zurich.

(2014) “An Urban Square in Transformation: Towards a Territorological Perspective”, Gestâo do Tempo e Apropriacâo Cidade, Universade de Lisboa, November 6th 2014.

(2013) “The Main Square Revisited, Changing Consumption Patterns at Stortorget Malmö, 1977-2013” presented at City, Urban Retail and Consumption, University of Naples, October 14th-17th 2013.

(2012) “Urban Isorhthymia in the Wake of the Consumer Society – towards a discussion of temporal territorialisations and everyday life” presented at Making Sense of Consumption 2nd Nordic Conference on Consumer Research May 30 - June 1, 2012 Gothenburg, Sweden.

(2011) (with Gunnar Sandin) ”Waiting Places – an actantial approach to chronically defined urban interstices” presented at Towards Cognitive Semiotics, A semiotic perspective on cognition, a cognitive perspective on semiosis, 7th Conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, Lund 6-8 May 2011.