Workshop Scenario – perspectives on a possible future.

The workshop in september continue the work of the Prologue in August and develop themes in five smaller groups of professionals and students. Material from both the prologue and the workshop will be presented in the exhibition Stockholm on the Move and included in Färgfabriken’s publication that will be made prior to the exhibition.

Themes and workshop leaders
Every group will explore a specific theme and be guided by an international workshop leader. Please click the headline to read more about every specific theme.

Dormant assets
Workshop leader: Olga Tarasó & Joaquim Tarrasó
Hidden, forgotten, undiscovered, overlooked and dormant assets in relation to Stockholm’s infrastructure, its traffic landscapes and to mobility in itself. Infrastructure builds the city. Where are the region’s blind spots? How could connection points and traffic nodes be used to their full potential? How could the surplus and leftovers from other areas be utilized? Where is the undiscovered potential for change towards a more sustainable, effective, economic or enjoyable region?

Stockholm water commons
Workshop leader: Ivan Kucina
What are the opportunities and problems with Stockholm being a city of islands and lakes by the seaside? How could we use the water for infrastructure purposes in the future? What is the role of the harbours? Is the water a dividing or connecting element? This theme also evokes questions about the cultural aspects of the water, what it means for the region’s identity and value. Is the water just surrounding the city or is it part of it?

IDEA Catalogue
Workshop leader: Jonathan D Solomon
IDEA Catalogue is a proposal for an urban plan for Stockholm based on the spatial logic of IKEA. Calling for a city that is dense, walkable, vibrant and heterogeneous, the plan allows individuals to do urbanism themselves within a framework that that is flexible and accessible. The ground is the seen as the fundament for the city. This is where the city “takes place” and the base where the infrastructure evolves from. What happens if this seemingly stable plane is removed? Will this force us to think in new ways?  The reference point becomes more complex and less predictable; organizational structures it supports become less stable and new urban hierarchies could emerge. The theme will explore the perspective of the pedestrian as norm; utilising vertical space for transportation and take the “walkable city” to its extreme.

Hyper Islands
Workshop leaders: Johan Berglund & Josep Mias
Islands are autonomous geographies, usually defined by their isolated location in bodies of water. This terms is expanded and can apply to any isolated or separate area of land or water, or any area of suitable habitat surrounded by an expanse of unsuitable habitat. The Stockholm region will be examined through the concept “Islands”, physical, virtual, social and mental. Stockholm is built on actual islands, but is also a very segregated region in many ways. The suburbs are located as beads on strings radiating from a centre, with few cross-connections. What does this mean for a region? What problems and opportunities lie within the system of islands?

Children of Stockholm
Workshop leader: Gerard Reinmuth
What is a vulnerable or resilient city? How do we prepare for the unexpected? Where are the weak points in different systems and how can these be seen as opportunities? How could a city like Stockholm be transformed rapidly in the case of a major event or crisis? This theme uses the idea of crisis and rapid change, built upon a scenario of a massive refugee intake to the Stockholm city area, as a way of testing the potential vulnerability/resilience of the city in both physical and cultural terms.  Lessons from this scenario can then be used to inform the debate around population growth in the city in the contemporary context.