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When all is said and done: an architectural competition, was it a good idea?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Architectural Design. (Arc Plan Research group)
2016 (English)In: ICC 2016: The competition mesh: Experimenting with and within architecture competitions / [ed] Katsakou, A. and Theodorou, M., Leeds: Leeds School of Architecture at Leeds Beckett University , 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 2004, development plans for the Swedish municipality of Järfälla detected a severe disappointment concerning appropriate forms of housing for frail older citizens. In 2006, the municipality organized an architectural competition in order to renew housing for dependent and frail older persons. In 2007, a winner was selected from 33 submitted proposals. The proposal was made by Danish architects, who envisioned different types of housing that were organized around a central residential care home that became the centre for the town plan.The paper is a study on how architectonic visions were converted into a built environment under the influence of Swedish civil administration. Interviews with 10 key informants, involved in different stages of the process, along with official documentation allowed for reconstructing stages that influenced the course of the project. The research was focused on the perceived similarity between the winning proposal and the actual realization.The analysis of the research material identified three decisive stages in the realization of the winning proposal. Firstly, the commission, which the architects had won, created problems since it could be seen as merely a town plan or a plan in combination with a building commission. Secondly, public regulations on tendering procedures generated spatial problems for the key building of the town plan as well as for segments of the full plan. Thirdly, the financial market in a large city region affected the level of architectural quality. The study identified a continuum of exterior influence that could be termed as adaptiveness that organisational and political priorities imposed on the competition proposal.

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Leeds: Leeds School of Architecture at Leeds Beckett University , 2016.
Keyword [en]
architectural competition, winning proposal, realization process, imposed adaptiveness
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Architecture
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-199210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-199210DiVA, id: diva2:1060753
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ICC 2016, 27-28 October 2016 Leeds School of Architecture at Leeds Beckett University
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