Keynote Conversations – Environmental Pedagogies, Play, Policies, and Spatial Design

5 September, 6 September, 7 September

Thursday, September 5, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Anna Keune and Ashraf M. Salama. Reserve your spot.

Friday, September 6, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: MYCKET [Mariana Alves Silva, Thérèse Kristiansson, Katarina Bonnevier] and Henrika Ylirisku.  Reserve your spot.

Saturday, September 7, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Nicola Antaki and Elke Krasny. Reserve your spot.

All tickets here.

Language: English

Drop-in subject to availability.
Included in Färgfabriken's entrance fee.

During three days, you have the opportunity to meet researchers and practitioners who are engaged in issues of education and learning in and through the built environment. Here, environmental learning is explored as a subject and practice for the future.

Urban pedagogy has sought to advance an understanding of the environment through spatial practices — such as art, architecture, craft, design, and planning — by ways of learning, often employing immersive, embodied, and experimental formats. With the attention currently given to lifelong learning – by UNESCO, EU, UN Sustainable Development Goals – and Designed Living Environments, we see an opportunity towards activating and developing the field in formal and informal settings for learning with the environment. The conference draws on historical and existing environmental learning cultures for advancing new perspectives from resourceful material practices to considerations of social justice in art, design and the built environment educations.

These Keynote Conversations are open to anyone interested, subject to space. They are also part of the three-day academic conference Learnings / Unlearnings.

Together with invited guests and conference delegates the conference addresses history, discourses, playing and building practices, methods, pedagogies, and policies of environmental learning:

  • to understand how historical and political conditions of various geographies have shaped spatial practice educations;
  • to discuss theory and discourses that can broaden our conceptions of environmental learning;
  • to explore props and materials, physical and digital environments, atmospheres, and circumstances that enable pedagogical spaces and places to emerge;
  • to inquire how the disciplinary frameworks of formal learning impact on the formation of educators for architecture, arts, crafts, design, and planning;
  • to ask what curricula, pedagogical formats, and codes of conduct do we need to learn to care for the environment and the learners?

Further, what policies impacted or failed to create caring, democratic, and just environments?

What infrastructures of mediation and facilitation do we need to negotiate between policy, practices, and different actors?

The conference and the open conversations are organized by Meike Schalk at KTH, and Anette Göthlund and Miro Sazdic at Konstfack, with Emílio da Cruz Brandão and Sara Brolund de Carvalho at KTH. They are supported by the research project “A Full Loop of Performance”, funded through Formas. For more information, please visit the conference homepage.

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Antaki is an architect, researcher and educator specializing in civic learning, co-design and design for social change. Her practice-led PhD research (UCL, 2019) was situated in Mumbai, India between 2011 and 2018, looking at the links between architecture and learning, and developing a design pedagogy that includes school children in the design of their environment. It won several prizes. As an architecture tutor at the London School of Architecture she focuses on encouraging critical praxis through site situated and community integrated means in response to the current social and climate crisis. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Paris La Villette architecture school working on a European research project on everyday community resilience and ecological transition.

Anna Keune, PhD, is Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies and TUM-IAS Rudolf Mößbauer Fellow at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her research and teaching stands at the intersection of learning sciences and design. She investigates high and low-tech educational design technologies to advance knowledge about STEM learning, transforming what counts as participation and expanding who participates. In various collaborative constallations she studies creative design technologies in school and out-of-school settings to understand the materiality of STEM learning and gender equity in STEM. Her research is guided by constructionist, posthumanist, and participatory theoretical commitments.

Elke Krasny, PhD, is a cultural theorist, urban researcher, curator, and author. Her work specializes in architecture, contemporary art, urbanism, feminist museology, histories and theories of curating, critical historiographies of feminism, politics of remembrance, and their intersections. She is Professor of Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Using the framework of political care ethic developed by Joan Tronto, Krasny works on developing a perspective of critical care for architectural and urban practice and theory. Her most recent books on care include Living with an Infected Planet: Covid-19, Feminism, and the Global Frontline of Care (2023), Curating with Care and Curating as Feminist Organizing (both ed. with Lara Perry, 2023), Radicalizing Care (ed. with Sophie Ling et al., 2022), and Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet (ed. with Angelika Fitz, 2019).

MYCKET collaborations was founded in 2012 by artists, designers and architects Mariana Alves Silva, Katarina Bonnevier, PhD, Thérèse Kristiansson. MYCKET works from a set of interacting perspectives; queer, feminism, class, anti-racism, the more-than-human. Their artistic research practice, which often takes place together with others in large networks, has generated a breadth of results; large-scale theatre productions, permanent public spaces, costumes, works of art, exhibitions, animations, performances, text and theory production, education and lectures. Recent projects include The Secret Garden, ArkDes, Stockholm, installation in collaboration, 2024; Norra Folkparken, Haninge municipality, 2023, structural plan for a new housing district based on spatial equality policy, and Troll perceptions in the Heartlands – artistic research to widen our imagination capacity, 2021-2024.

Ashraf M. Salama, PhD, is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Head of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK. He is co-Director of the UIA Architectural Education Commission and UNESCO/UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education. With 2.5 million euros funding record, he has published over 200 articles, chapters and authored and co-edited 17 books. His recent books include The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South (2023), Architectural Excellence in Islamic Societies (2020/24), Transformative Pedagogy in Architecture and Urbanism (2009/21). He is the Chief Editor of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research and the 2017 recipient of the UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism.

Henrika Ylirisku, DA (Doctor of Arts) is an art educator and an artist-researcher, currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Henrika’s practice intersects arts and art education, environmental education and multispecies research. Lately, she has published on the theoretical groundings of environmental art education, and on multispecies forest relations. In her current research, Henrika is examining shifting nature-culture relations and the atmospheres of young people growing up in the environmental crisis. She enjoys movement-based practices and has developed artistic walking methodologies, inspired by the working methods of environmental and performance arts.

This is a collaboration within the Architecture Triennale, a new platform for exploration and long-term collaboration between architects, artists and social actors. The triennial is initiated by Färgfabriken as a recurring forum for architecture and urban development, a meeting point for everyone regarding questions about the built environment and the future.