Gunnar Sandin

Gunnar Sandin is an Associate Professor in Architecture at Lund University, with a research interest in social and cultural site-specificity in relation to architecture and the built environment. He has a specific experience in practice-based research with a cultural analysis approach, including trans-disciplinary theories and inter-art studies. Currently, he participates in a six-year research program about the reciprocity of human and environmental development, as well as in a three-year project about the aesthetics of hospitals’ architecture.


Publications (since 2011)

Sandin, G. (2013, in press) “Democracy on the Margin: Architectural means of appropriation in governmental alteration of space”, Architectural Theory Review 18:2, London, Routledge.

Sandin, G. (2012) “The Construct of Emptiness in Augé’s Anthropology of ’Non-places’”. Chapter in Sense of Emptiness: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. ed: J. Toyota, P. Hallonsten and M. Shchepetunina, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp 112-127.

Ståhl, L. & Sandin, G. (2012) Modes of communication in artistic research: on Americanness and Architectural Influence on semiotic grounds. In Culture of communication/Communication of culture – Comunicación de la cultura/Cultura de la comunicación. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS). P C Cantero, G E Veloso, A Passeri, J M Paz Gago (eds.), 1089-1100. Universidade de Coruña, 2012 - [PDF].

Sandin, G. (2011). ”Confessions on Land: The poetics of hasty mapping”, In ed. Hellström Reimer, M., Wilson, R., & Green, N., Land Use Poetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture, (Book Chapter).

Sandin, G. and Ståhl, L-H. (2011), ”Aesthetic replacement strategies in hospitals"", in conference proceedings from Ambience11: Where Art, Technology and Design Meet, University of Borås School of Textiles,, Ambience11-Proceedings.pdf, 69-77.

Ståhl, L-H. & Sandin, G. (2011). Grounds for Cultural Influence: Visual and non-visual presence of Americanness in contemporary Architecture. In Tiziana Migliore (a cura di) Retorica del visibile. Strategie dell’immagine tra significazione e comunicazione. 3. Contributi scelti 5. Riflessi. Collana di Semiotica dell’arte. Roma. Aracne Editrice.

Kärrholm, M. & Sandin, G. (2011).”Waiting Places as Temporal Interstices and Agents of Change”. TRANS, Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, no 18/2011,

Sandin, G. (2011). “De övergivna platsernas retorik”, Ord&Bild: Dokument Dokumentär Dokumentation, 5:2010,, Nätverkstan, Göteborg.


Modes of Institutional Critique

Evolutionary aspects on architecture and urban space

The Silent Room at Hospitals (on multi-ethnic issues in public space)

Personal niches in hospital stay