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Småstadens Forum Futurum
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Småstadens Forum Futurum (English)
Abstract [en]

The most important resource is no longer the river, forest or mine - it is information, creativity and knowledge. Larger urban areas has transformed in to bigger cities with global perspectives, cities where we ́ve never before seen as much segregation and class differences. The smaller cities that once transformed Sweden from a poor peripheral nation to a country in the financial and social forefront, has been deprived of the possibility of being part of the knowledge economy. However, in this hierarchical transformation of the society the digitalization is forming a new type of center - an autonomous bomb goes off - and we all become our own center. This project explores the possibilities for a more decentralized society development, when the big cities is unable to deliver the perfect life setting for all.

Smaller cities of the periphery is often beautifully situated and offers life qualities and spaces that many are longing for. Though, the last decades have been tough and left a lot of the smaller cities with a scattered and rough context – and a common lack of spaces to meet in. Therefore this project ended up becoming, what I imagine to be a new kind of symbolic building for meetings - that with its form, function and programme should express the new future of the periphery. The ambition is to introduce spaces which could act as a generator of a new time where the small towns get to be part of the knowledge economy, a time where people get to choose their own location of center through the tecnology of today. A future concept allowing the whole of Sweden to become more vibrant, connected to essential functions and filled with life - no matter the amount of people or the physical location of the place.

Abstract [sv]

Den viktigaste råvaran är inte längre vår skog, gruva eller flod - utan dagens råvaror är information, kreativitet och kunskap. Större urbana platser har fått följa med sin tid och förvandlats till storstäder med globala perspektiv - städer där vi samtidigt aldrig skådat så stora skillnader i klasstillhörighet. Landets småstäder som i begynnelsen förvandlade Sverige från en fattig utkantsnation till ett land i framkant - har dock berövats möjligheten att vara en del av kunskapsekonomin. I detta hierarkiska samhällsbyggande kan vi dock genom digitaliseringen se ett nytt typ av centrum ta form - en autonomibomb smäller - och vi blir alla vårt eget centrum. Detta projekt utreder möjligheterna till en mer decentraliserande samhällsutveckling - när storstaden inte lyckas leverera den perfekta tillvaron till alla.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
Small cities, Periphery, Decentralized, Society development, Meetingplace, Symbolic building, Future, Connected, Winter garden, Meetingrooms, Urban planning, Society, Digitalization, Center, Generator
Keywords [sv]
Småstaden, Decentralisering, Periferi, Klyftor, Framtid, Symbolbyggnad, Mötesplats, Vinterträdgård, Stadsplanering
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-228511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-228511DiVA, id: diva2:1210105
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Architecture
Educational program
Master of Science - Architecture
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Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-05-25 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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