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05 Jun 2013

Advanced level course in Architecture and Urbanism at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Ed Kashi/VII

Resources.13 Radical Shift | Incremental Change: Rio de Janeiro
Resources, Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm


Resources is an advanced course in architecture and urban planning that explores the relation between the world's increasingly limited resources and our built environment. Complex issues concerning our future urban environments need multiple approaches and viewpoints, which is why the program is multi-disciplinary and admits professionals with various backgrounds.

Katarina Nitsch
+46 768501235
+46 8 611 2113

Resources, Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art
Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen
10326 Stockholm

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Resources.13 Radical Shift | Incremental Change: Rio de Janeiro
Advanced level course in Architecture and Urbanism 60ECTS

The urban is a process of continuous change. Transformation sometimes appears to be aimless and ad hoc, sometimes consciously planned with distant goals in mind. Is change driven by a vision of a more accessible and fair city, of a more stable climate, of social interaction, of more beautiful environments or of economic growth? Or is it the individual citizen's everyday needs that regulate the urban and constitute the epicentre of change? Change can occur incrementally, in which accomplishments are added to one another, or in a radical manner, with an expectation of instant acceptance of that which is entirely different? Resources.13 will explore urban strategies in Rio Janeiro, and pose the question – how are people's needs and dreams affected by global agendas and motives?

Application date 17 June 2013.


The research is based on relevant architectural and urban planning theories, as well as biology, philosophy, resource and economic theory. We discuss the term biodiversity and its urban implications. When we investigate a specific context, we look at local approaches while also considering the international discourse and alternative perspectives on urban planning currently being developed. We explore some of modernism's less traveled paths, the ones where climate and the specifics of place have informed a unique form of architecture.

We investigate lifestyle patterns, innovation, food production in a local and global perspective, biomimicry and radical mapping. We meet architects, urban planners, systems thinkers, natural- and social scientists, journalists, economists, anthropologists and artists in a cross-disciplinary discourse. The previous three-year studies of Cities and Energy provides a basis for all further investigations. Underlying all aspects of the course is a focus on visualization and communication.