Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Marvels and Catastrophes: Architecture and Cities and the Force of Nature

( 30 ECTS Credits )

Research-Lab: Architectural Theory and History
2018/19: Marvels and Catastrophes: Architecture and Cities and the Force of Nature

R-Lab focuses on the role of public memory and its symbolic relationship to architecture, monuments, and landscapes. Students will pursue long-term individual research projects and participate in international workshops producing innovative and experimental practices. The course is open to architects, designers, visual artists, curators and urban practitioners.

Course content
R-Lab in the coming academic year 2018­­–2019 considers the preponderant forces of nature and natural disasters on the transformation of architecture and cities.

R-Lab will move through historic and contemporary landscapes and reflect on societies past and present. Particular attention will be paid to how these phenomena have been historically portrayed in contemporary culture, through the analysis of urban reconsolidation, architectural restoration, artefacts, souvenirs, films, and other forms of study and interpretation.

About Marvels and Catastrophes


Level: Post-Master
Requirements: MA in art or architecture or equivalent knowledge
Application Deadline: May 21, 2018
ECTS Credits: 30
Programme Length: 1 academic year, part-time, divided into coursework, individual research projects and workshops
Teaching Language: English

Course structure

Travel Workshops: The r-Lab course will be conducting two travel workshops, one in the Fall, and one in the Spring. The Fall workshop this year will begin in  Naples and Pompeii and then continue  to Istanbul to participate in the School of Schools, curated by Jan Boelen for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. In Naples, the workshop will conduct a field study on Mount Vesuvius, including the  Observatorio Vesuviano, one of the earliest scientific observatories of its kind established on the volcano’s active crater (1841).

The course will then visit  the adjacent archaeological sites in Pompeii. In Istanbul, students will work from inside the Biennial, together with the Swedish Architect’s office ARKLAB, to develop a series of workshops and seminars on the future of  architectural curricula in the age of climate change and extreme planetary events. (Tentative travel workshop dates: 13 to 21 October)

The second  field trip and workshop to take place in the Spring of 2019 will focus on future of disasters and post-apocalyptic scenarios in the  Baltic region, with a special focus on the investigation and  the planning  of a specific long term radioactive fuel storage site —( Onkalo spent nuclear fuel repository, Finland). The institutional partner for the Spring workshop will be ARKDES Museum in Stockholm. (Tentative travel workshop dates: 15 to 21 March).

R-Lab is a low residency course. Students enrolled in the course will be required to attend one full week of classes at Kungl. Konsthögskolan/Royal Institute of Art per semester and attend one full week per semester travel workshop. In addition, there will be reading and writing assignments, the work on an individual research project and supervision. Supervision can be offered at site in Stockholm, at the Swedish Institute in Rome or via Skype.

The course is led by Professor, Peter Lang.

Course syllabus Research Lab 2018 2019




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