Christina Pech gives a talk on "The Ararat Archives and Other Investigations"

Time: 11 November 2014, 18:00
Location: Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Hus 28, Holmamiralens torg 8


Ararat (Moderna Museet 1976) has been portrayed as one of those paradigmatic exhibitions that managed to sum up an era. This talk will focus on the architectural conceptions put forward. At Ararat, architecture was perceived as the most comprehensive of systems, encompassing everything from high-tech wind generators to jars for lactic acid fermentation of vegetables. Architecture was both metaphor and practice. Visitors would experience hand-made houses in the courtyard before interacting with the four elements (see diagram).

Since the exhibition will soon turn 40 the talk will also try out a more historical approach situating Ararat in the historiography of Swedish modern architecture.

Christina Pech is a lecturer and researcher in architecture history and theory at KTH and Stockholm University. Her research focus is Swedish 1970s architecture and its theories. She received her PhD from the School of Architecture (KTH) with the thesis Architecture and resistance. On alternative approaches in Swedish architecture 1970-1980.

This lecture is part of the Architecture Theory and History course "Take a walk on the wild side".
Read more about the course and lecture here.