The floating community
A festival-like book about a spontaneously co-evolving and self-organized community of outsiders living in small self-refurbished boats and small self-constructed houses on rafts, located on the water in a central part of Copenhagen (Denmark). The book includes illustrations of the way the people there are living (off-grid) and the art they are creating (art brut), experiments with permaculture and simple low-tech solutions, mappings of the place and its development, and proposals for similar developments in other places, as well as studies of other (sea-)nomadic cultures and references to other (anarchistic) thoughts and thinkers. The book is based on three years of action research on site and has been made in close collaboration with current and former residents. About
December 2021, The Architectural Publisher B.
En anden by (Another city)
Debate book about urban development. The book is critical of the current – developer driven and technocratic controlled – model of urbanization and proposes a more anarchistic approach, in which people have a far greater say. It includes descriptions from Copenhagen of a group of people’s struggle to preserve their self-made homes in the water of Erdkehlgraven, and of local citizens’ attempt to make their street greener and more social in Badensgade. But the book also conveys visions of urban development in a reciprocal relationship with nature and of moving cities in response to climate change, as well as discussions of the architects’ ethical dilemmas and the need for a different architectural education. About
September 2021, The Architectural Publisher B.
A theory in-progress about the correlation between urbanization, social justice and environmental sustainability. A radically different approach to both development and urbanism is proposed. Rather than attempting to achieve control and predictability we should let urban communities develop spontaneously through co-evolution and self-organization. We may let go of control if social and environmental problems are solved at the root. Problems are solved at the root by eliminating their causes rather than by adding additional layers of complex management systems and sophisticated technologies. Introduction
A book-project in five parts, including a theoretical introduction to the concept of co-evolution and its possible meaning and relevance in architecture; investigations of the possible application of the concept in practice, research and education, respectively; and a discussion of the possible co-evolutionary integration of theory, practice, research and education in architecture. Synopsis
In Danish: Folkets Universitet, is a platform for critical thinking and creative action loosely associated with People’s House (Folkets Hus) in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. We wish to change ourselves and the world around us from within and from below. The intention of the course ‘Another City’ is to strengthen the resistance and enable alternatives to developer-driven and technocratically controlled urban development by exploring the possibilities for spontaneous and self-organized forms of urbanization based on the theory of development urbanism. Course