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ON CITIES
Maps, cars, people and narratives in the urban environment The Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden
4 March – 4 May 2008

In order to understand the city as a dynamic and fully dimensional figure, to follow and engage with its processes as self-generational and to be able to extend its definitions, new methods are required.

Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas, Spain)
Teddy Cruz, (US)
Oriana Eliçabe, Argentina (Spain)
flyingCity (Korea)
Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller in collaboration with Cybermohalla Ensemble with institutional support of Ankur Society for Alternatives in Education and Sarai (CSDS, Delhi, India)
Francesco Jodice (Italy)
Fernando Llanos (Mexico)
MAD (China)
Ou Ning (China)
Joachim Sauter och Dirk Lüsebrink (Art + Com) (Germany)
STEALTH (The Netherlands/Serbia)

“The category collapsed, the idea of an architect seems kind of ridiculous to me” said designer Bruce Mau to architect David Adjaye in a recent conversation. They both laughed.
       This exhibition is committed to the “collapsed” category of architecture. It is dedicated to a form of resurrected incarnation that finds architecture in an expanded role. Now as mediator, while negotiating its status with artists, designers, computer programmers, social scientists, capital, neighbourhoods and urban planners, among many others.
       As the effects of increased movements across borders - people, commodity, technology, culture and politics (globalisation) - become more evident, we face the largest urban transformation in human history. Some cities grow at a fierce rate as they become unstable refuges in the flight from rural poverty. According to UN figures half the world's population, 3.3 billion people, now live in cities. In China only, 8.5 million farmers move into the cities every year, and the city of Chongqing is currently the fastest-growing urban centre on the planet. The obvious challenge is to find solutions that make resources readily available for large numbers of people. Currently, at least one billion people worldwide live in slum areas. In order to understand the city as a dynamic and fully dimensional figure, to follow and engage with its processes as self-generational and to be able to extend its definitions, new methods are required. What strategies are being developed and what are the methods taking shape under current circumstances
       On Cities present artists and architects whose backgrounds cover several continents. With site-specific methods and narrative approaches, the works address the aftermath of the “collapsing” category of architecture. On display are works that engages with some of the most urgent urban challenges. The aim is to uncover new methods and resources from which we are able to learn, and that allows new ideas to spring forward.
       For further information and press material, please contact Karin Åberg Waern, karin.abergwaern@arkitekturmuseet.se

Further info at www.arkitekturmuseet.se