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Program


The 4th Edition of Moving Boundaries: Human Sciences and the Future of Architecture, directed by Tatiana Berger, Architect and Professor (ANFA Advisory Council Member and Director of ACE) , and Co-Chaired by Architect and Professor Kurt Hunker, FAIA (Chair-Professor of Architecture)  offers an intensive 12-day course in the interface between disciplines concerned with design of the built environment and scientific disciplines concerned with human perception and behavior. These disciplines include neuroscience, neurophenomenology, cognitive science, environmental psychology, health sciences and others. The course/conference will run from August 12-24, 2024 at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and at Aalto University in Espoo/Helsinki. Hosts in Stockholm are Ute Besenecker, Assistant Professor at KTH, and Johanna Enger, Lecturer at Konstfack. 

 

Grounded in the culture of Stockholm for 9 days, followed by Helsinki, Finland for 3 days, participants will experience the rich cultural landscape of both locations and will visit and study the work of Gunnar Asplund, Sigurd Lewerentz, Alvar Aalto and contemporary architects such as Juhani Pallasmaa and Juha Leiviska. A field trip will be offered outside of Stockholm and we will experience works by architects noted above, in Stockholm and Helsinki. Invited faculty include some of the most distinguished architects, environmental psychologists, lighting and interior designers, philosophers, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists and health experts in the world. 

In the Nordic world of long summer days and equally long winter nights, place shapes space for its greatest architecture. Here, the work of Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz in Sweden and Alvar Aalto in Finland, along with that of their contemporaries, defined a special, humanistic form of Modernism recognized early in the 20th century as a distinct counterpoint to the universality of the International Style. It is an architecture rooted in Nordic traditions and local materials, responsive in a most compelling manner to the unique conditions of daylight near the Arctic Circle and the impacts of seasonal extremes. It is one of carefully modulated light and of hapticity—truly an architecture of atmosphere, lending itself to investigations psychological, physiological, neural and biological as well as architectural. This 2024 edition of Moving Boundaries will explore the phenomenon of Nordic Architecture to uncover its paragons, lessons and inspirations towards a more meaningful—that is to say, humane—architecture and design for the twenty-first century and beyond.​

“The elements of architecture are not visual units or gestalt; they are encounters, confrontations that interact with memory.”

- Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin

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PROGRAM AND ROSTER OF SPEAKERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

August 12th - 20th

STOCKHOLM 

August 20th

STOCKHOLM   -   travel by night ferry   -   HELSINKI

August  21st - 23rd

HELSINKI

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Ecology of Light in Space
(Draft under Construction - Updated on Feb.24, 2024)
Monday, August 12
Stockholm

9:00

10:00

10:30

 

11:00

11:45

12:15

1:00

2:00

4:00

4:45

5:15

 

7:30

Coffee, Check-in at Konstfack 

Opening Remarks:Berger, Hunker

Welcome to Stockholm:Nordwall,

Ahnme, Enger, Besenecker

Lecture 1: TBA  

Break

Lecture 2: Cranz 

Q&A Discussion 

Lunch with Team (Introductions)

Lecture 3: Panda (remote)

Q&A Discussion

Workshop Intros / Team Discussions

Welcome Dinner (complimentary)

Celebration in Stockholm with participants and faculty

Tuesday, August 13
Stockholm
 

9:00

 10:00 

10:45

11:20

11:30

12:15

12:45

1:00

2:00

3:30

4:00

6:00

6:15

 

7:30

Coffee/Poster Presentations

Lecture 4: Hunker 

Q&A Discussion

Break 

Lecture 5: Edelstein

Q&A Discussion

Break  

Reflection (in teams)

Lunch

Poster Presentations/Networking (optional 30-minute session)

Workshop 1: Teams 1-6

Break

Discussion in Teams / Workshop continues

Dinner 

Wednesday, August 14
Stockholm


 

9:00

 

10:00

 

10:45

11:30

12:15

1:00

 

2:00

4:00

 

7:30

 

8:00

Tour: Stockholm University Library 

Welcome to KTH: Besenecker

Lecture 6: Johan Orn

Q&A and Break 

Lecture 7: Besenecker 

Lecture 8: Wulff 

 Panel Discussion and Q&A 

Moderator: Hunker 

Lunch near KTH

Tours: Travel to Woodland Cemetery by Lewerenz and Asplund; Sketching with Mark Alan Hewitt

(Optional) Ostermalm Market Hall self-guided visit

 Dinner 

Theme 1: Ecology of Light in Space 

Moving Boundaries Nordic X is organized around two major themes, Ecology of Light in Space and Interweaving of the Senses in Design, each of which explores one particular aspect every day.  The program begins Monday, August 12th in Stockholm, cosmopolitan capital of Sweden, with its rich history of outstanding Modern architecture, urbanism and design.  Light is the topic and following the first day’s Introduction to Light and Human Biology, the activities of this first week examine distinctive aspects of light in space:  perception, psychologies and science.  Lectures by a distinguished roster of architects, designers, ecologists, lighting experts and scientists are augmented with  workshops and afternoon tours to Gunnar Asplund’s influential Stockholm Public Library, the beautiful Woodland Cemetery of Asplund and Lewerentz and other sights.  Ecology of Light and Space concludes with a full-day field trip in the Stockholm Archipelago.

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Ecology of Light in Space
Thursday, August 15
Stockholm

9:00

10:00 

10:45 

11:20 

11:30

12:15

12:45

1:00

2:00

3:30

 

4:00

6:00

6:15

7:30

Coffee/Poster Presentations

Lecture 9: Lowden

Q&A Discussion

Break

Lecture 10: Dorenbaum

Q&A Discussion 

Break

Reflection (in teams)

Lunch 

Poster Presentations/ Networking (optional session)

Workshop 2: Teams 1-6

Break

Discussion in Teams / Workshop continues

Dinner 

Friday, August 16: FREE DAY

Recommended in Stockholm:

Swimming in center (off cliffs or piers), Kayaaking around Venice of the North, Exploring city center, Museums, etc.

 

Evening of Aug.16: Sauna

CAMPING TRIP (Optional)

Saturday, August 17
Stockholm

8:45

9:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:00

  4:00 

 

 

8:00

Meet at Konstfack  

Field Trip to Archipelago

Tour schedule to be announced in May 2024

Boat Trip and Tours

Artipelag /Ytterjarna kulturhus

and village

Talk by Ahlin 

Lunch and Free Time

Sketching Outdoors

Informal Talks (4:00-5:30) 

Free Time in late afternoon

Visit: James Turrell - Skyspace

Return to Stockholm

Dinner

  

Sunday, August 18
Stockholm

9:00

10:00 

10:45 

11:20 

11:30

12:15

12:45

1:00

2:00

3:30

4:30

6:00

6:15

 

7:30

Coffee/Poster Presentations

Lecture 11: Enger

Q&A Discussion

Break

Lecture 12: Hurlbert

Q&A Discussion 

Break

Reflection (in teams)

Lunch  

Tour: Queen Sylvia Concert Hall 

(3:30-4:15)

Workshop 3: Teams 1-6

Break

Lecture 13: Goldhagen

Q&A Discussion 

Dinner 

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 Interweaving of the Senses in Design
Monday, August 19
 Stockholm

 

 

9:00

10:00 

10:45 

11:20 

11:30

12:15

12:45

1:00

2:00

3:30

4:00

 

5:45

6:00

7:30

Coffee/Poster Presentations

Lecture 13: Griffero

Q&A Discussion

Break

Lecture 14: Johansson

Q&A Discussion

Break

Reflection (in teams)

Lunch  

Poster Presentations/  Networking

(optional 30-minute session)

Workshop Presentations Teams 1-4

Break

Continue Presentations

Dinner and Pack  (last night in Stockholm)

Tuesday, August 20 
Stockholm
 

9:00

9:30

10:15

10:30

 

12:30

 

2:30

Coffee

Lecture 16: Kjellander

Q&A Discussion

Workshop Presentations Teams 5-6

Free time in Stockholm

and Lunch 

Prepare to travel to Helsinki

 

Boarding time TBA 

Night Ferry to Helsinki

(or fly this afternoon)

 

Wednesday, August 21
Helsinki

10:30

11:15

 

 

12:00

1:00

1:30

2:15

 

3:30

 

 

4:00

 

 

7:30

Arrive by ferry

Coffee in teams or on one's own; Check in at Aalto University

(Lumituuli Aud. in Dipoli Building)

Lecture 17: Pallasmaa

Response: TBC (Albright)

Q&A Discussion

Lunch at Aalto University, Espoo

(Picnic Outside)

Poster Presentations/  Networking

(optional 30-minute session)

Tours: Espoo, Tapiola, Aalto University (selected bldgs.)

Visit and Talk: Exhibition Tapio Wirkkala: Pallasmaa

Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Dinner

Theme 2: Interweaving of the Senses in Design

The second theme initiates the events beginning Monday, August 19th as the program nears the end of its Stockholm residency.  Sensing Light and Color and Atmosphere and Experience are the first topics, explored in lectures and workshops.  On Tuesday Moving Boundaries sails—literally, on the night ferry—out of Stockholm Harbor for Finland’s capital and largest city, Helsinki.  Over the next three days emotional, material and haptic qualities of light and color are considered in talks by globally-recognized speakers and in workshops and tours.  Helsinki provides a rich source of Alvar Aalto’s work, from his house and studio to major commercial and civic designs, where his mastery of what has come to be called “multisensory design” is on full, magnificent display.  Moving Boundaries Nordic X ends appropriately on Friday, August 23rd, with Summarizing and Interweaving. Participants will come away from this engaging and inspiring two weeks with a new appreciation for the very fundamentals of inspiring, humane design:  light and daylight, time, color, materiality, and atmosphere.  

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 Interweaving of the Senses in Design
Thursday, August 22
Helsinki

9:00

10:00

11:15

12:00

12:15

 

1:00

2:00

3:30

4:30

6:00 

6:15

7:00

7:45

Coffee/Poster Presentations

Lecture 18: Roe

Response TBC: Ingold (remote) 

Q&A Discussion

Break

Lecture 19: Grafton Architects

LIVE-STREAMED from Aalto Symposium

Reflection (in teams) 

Lunch at Aalto University

Lecture 20: Hewitt 

Q&A Discussion

Workshop 4: All Teams

Break

Lecture 21: Pérez-Gómez

Q&A Discussion