This project was initiated for my final presentation of the one year postmaster course “Of Public Interest“, lead by Jonas Dahlberg at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2020. In the beginning, I had a much clearer idea of where I wanted it to go but it gradually found its own development and form, and today it should be seen as a work in progress. 

 

The research began in the area where my Studio is located in Stockholm because it was so accessible and familiar to me, especially during the beginning of the COVID crisis. The crisis also accentuated the importance of a public space accessible to all, a space without programming or commercial interests, simply a place to be. In the context of the quarantine, during the beginning of the Spring of 2020 being stuck in their apartments many people had nowhere to go in the commercial public space.  Cafes and restaurants felt dangerous and infected, and many places were closed. Many people found comfort in the simple pleasure of sitting in the sun on a public bench at a proper distance from each other. 

 

Having said this I would like to share this project with you that situates itself around a public bench in the industrial area of Hagalund, in Solna, a part of the greater Stockholm area. 



Hagalund in Space and Time

26/06/2020

Hagalund Industrial Area


Hagalund Industrial Area which is next door to Hagalund, is soon to be torn down and remodeled to create 4500 housing units. In fact, the process has already started. 


The city of Stockholm is building a new subway line that will connect Hagalund to the city, which is to take 8 years to complete - see program here


An architect named Björn Johansson has written a thesis on the area and its transformation, and the proposal was completed some years ago. The central idea is to integrate the businesses together with the new housing and to preserve a large part of the industrial area with the intention of not pushing out all the small businesses and other operations running in the area and seeing if it possible to create a space where these can coexist and create a lively area. ( more info: download document here ) 

Hagalund in Space and Time 1

26/06/2020

Hagalund Industrial Area


Hagalund Industrial Area which is next door to Hagalund, is soon to be torn down and remodeled to create 4500 housing units. In fact, the process has already started. 


The city of Stockholm is building a new subway line that will connect Hagalund to the city, which is to take 8 years to complete - see program here


An architect named Björn Johansson has written a thesis on the area and its transformation, and the proposal was completed some years ago. The central idea is to integrate the businesses together with the new housing and to preserve a large part of the industrial area with the intention of not pushing out all the small businesses and other operations running in the area and seeing if it possible to create a space where these can coexist and create a lively area. ( more info: download document here ) 

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