Bombsite(s)

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Title: Bombsite(s)
Place: Lund Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Sweden
Type: Event
Author: Guy Lafranchi, Per-Johan Dahl
Date: October 28 to 31, 2001

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Description: Bombsite(s) was a four day workshop that gathered 39 graduate students from Lund Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Sweden. Commissioned by Professor Abelardo Gonzalez, RIEA faculty Guy Lafranchi and Per-Johan Dahl proposed to research and explore the spatial conditions and the architectural potentials of five so called “bombsites,” all scattered in the central parts of Malmö.

The bombsite is a property typology characterized by the absence of matter and the ambiguity of use. Being the victim of what Alison Smithson refers to as “politically-inspired destruction,” 1 these sites were cleared off during the post World-War-II period, and tabula-rasa conditions were established. Due to the prevailing ideals of CIAM urbanism, sanitation of historical districts preceded during the 1950s and into the ’70s with the purpose of modernization. After the economical turbulences and shifting ideologies of the 1960s and ’70s, modernization was cancelled and replaced by economic speculation. However, as successive development or cities often counters the short-termed premises of capitalism, the bombsites were generally temporary abandoned anticipating moments of capital accumulation.

Being surrounded by decades of architectural development and the changing presumptions of urban life, the bombsites signifies a spatial complexity and a territorial condition explained by Ignasi de Solà-Morales Rubió as the “physical idea of a portion of land in its potentially exploitable state but already possessing some definition to which we are external.” 2 Lacking references to normative typologies, these sites might encourage the development of new models of spatial inhabitation. With this thematic as the premises for action, the Bombsite(s) workshop was committed to explore the social and the spatial conditions of the bombsites and their impact on the surrounding structures.

By setting up an experimental design process, the workshop aimed at yielding unexpected, “indeed unpredictable results.”3 Questions to be asked were, for example: Can we transform spatial configurations from different time periods and interweave them with contemporary needs and demands? Can we (re)create spatial continuity in city centers by investigating the relationship between void and mass? Can we evaluate contemporary urbanism by interconnect the interests and perceptions of individuals and communities? The difficult nature of these and other related questions demanded a workshop layout that confronted the impregnated extremes in new ways and thus supported a research-oriented design process.

Faculty: Guy Lafranchi, Per-Johan Dahl

Students: Ida Winge Andersson, Kent Andresson, Johan Annerhed, Jackson Barkness, Mania Bedikian, Åsa Bjerndell, Gabriel Ciardi, Phi Thanh Dang, Darran Egan, Daniel Ferdman, Sara Folkesson, Ida Fält, Marie Gonzalez, Peter Grunder, Charels Hultquist, Mari Johansson, Izabela Krupic, Laszlo Kugler, Stella Lindstam, Harald Magnusson, Hennrik Magnusson, Isabelle
Lisi, Tord Nilsson, Camilla Nordgren, Maria Papafingos, Joao Pereira, Kami Petersen, Horst Petri, Anna Pihl, Heike Pohl, Emeline Richard, Andreas Roschitz, Adriana Seserin, Kerstin Sigbo, Pedro Simoes, Martin Skalet, Ninon Thieulin, Emma Törnquist, Patrik Törnqvist

Photo: Fredrik Dahl, Martin Skalet

Bibliography: Smithson, Alison. “The City Center Full of Holes.” Architectural Association Quarterly 9, no. 2/3 (1977): 3-23.
Solà-Morales Rubió, Ignasi de. “Terrain Vague.” In Anyplace, edited by Cynthia Davidson, 118-23. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 1995.
Woods, Lebbeus. “Esperimental Architecture: A Commentary.” Avant Garde: A Journal of Theory and Criticism in Architecture and the Arts 2 (Summer 1989): 6-19.

1Read about politically-inspired destruction in Alison Smithson, “The City Center Full of Holes,” Architectural Association Quarterly 9, no. 2/3 (1977).
2Ignasi de Solà-Morales Rubió, “Terrain Vague,” in Anyplace, ed. Cynthia Davidson (Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 1995), 119.
3Lebbeus Woods, “Experimental Architecture: A Commentary,” Avant Garde: A Journal of Theory and Criticism in Architecture and the Arts 2(Summer 1989): 15.

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