Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Critical Habitats

( 60 ECTS Credits )

 

Båt i Venedig Critical Habitat

 

‘Critical Habitats’ is a year-long post-master course that forges emancipatory thought in architecture by exploring the conditions for socially and critically aware modes of living. By working through historical polemics in urbanism, the course aims to illuminate current forms of collective agency and activism around critical habitats, and explore the possibilities they open for contemporary urban life.

The course Critical Habitats will close at the beginning of this summer and will be a part of Royal Institute of Arts’ Thesis Exhibition 2017 which begin May 24 2017.

Facts

Level: Post-Master
Requirements: MA in art or architecture, an MA in another relevant field, or the equivalent knowledge and experience.
ECTS Credits: 60
Programme Length: 1 academic year (full-time)
Teaching Language: English

‘Critical Habitats’ is taught by a consortium of visiting international lecturers. Setting off from various theoretical points of departure, artists, urban researchers and activists explore the emergence of the city. In a context where the everyday urban condition is one of perpetual violence and confrontation, the city can no longer be understood as a focal point of construction and gentrification, but as an architecture of ‘destruction by design’ (Eyal Weizman). By addressing ‘the occupation of, the collective transformation of, and the equal distribution of space’ (Graziela Kunsch), habitat re-emerges as a new spectrum of urban, state and international conflict.

‘Critical Habitats’ puts into question the politics of architecture, through both historical and contemporary perspectives. The course delves into international debates that arose to challenge the very ideological underpinnings of architecture, and examines how the profession evolved in relation to late capitalist production. By working through historical polemics in urbanism, the course aims to illuminate current models of collective agency and activism around critical habitats, and explore the possibilities they open for contemporary urban life.

The course is structured as a set of ongoing seminars and discussion groups. During 2015/16 these where led by visiting lecturers including Samira Ariadad (Brand, Sweden), Graziela Kunsch (Usina Architectural Collective São Paulo), Helena Mattsson (The Architecture of Deregulations: Postmodernism in Swedish Architecture), Peter Osborne (Anywhere or Not At All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art), Sven-Olov Wallenstein (Architecture, Critique, Ideology: Essays on Architecture and Theory), Eyal Weizman (Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth).

The course is intended for those with a background in architecture, art, urban research, activism, and who wish to advance and expand their critical and research skills.

The course is run by Katarina Nitsch, Senior Lecturer for ‘Critical Habitats’

Finance, Fees, and Accommodation

Admission and tuition fees apply for students from countries outside the EU/EEA. The tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is 307 000 SEK per academic year 2016/2017 and the admission fee is 900 SEK. International students who have been accepted to a study programme in Sweden must show financial means of support during study time to the immigration authorities in order to obtain a study visa. Read more about fees

If you have problems in finding accommodation, you can get assistance through these sites, created by international students in Stockholm: Moving2Stockholm and Easy Rental (here you can download the Easy Rental android app).

Critical_Habitats_2016-17_prospectus

Course Prospectus 2016/17