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Reclaiming Culture
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Återta Kultur (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Proposal for an architectural project, situated at Renmarkstorget, Umeå, Sweden, based on urban and cultural analysis.

What? A place in Umeå city centre to act and interact. Cultural hub facilitating the following activities: >practising, recording and performing/observing music >growing, processing and selling/consuming vegan foods >activities to be defined by the users, for instance creating and exhibiting/observing art pieces. >leisure

Who? Participants and observers of DIY-culture, mainly music and veganism (agriculture). Mainly young adults. 

Why? Reclaiming culture. Since the 90’s, the alternative music scene, veganism and overall DIY-culture have had a substantial role in the cultural process of Umeå. Their presence in the city has constantly been shifting with attempts to gain legitimacy, and I argue that the current state requires urban intervention. From another perspective, the city centre has in the last decade undergone a gradual transition from cultural activities toward commercial activities. I believe that providing a place for participants of mentioned activities on Renmarkstorget can to an extent begin to revitalise the diversity and cultural activity within the city centre.

How? Interaction is key. In order to gain legitimacy, I argue that these cultures must become accessible to a broader public, not by compromising themselves but by reaching out. Correspondingly, in order to revitalise Renmarkstorget and its surroundings, its everyday visitors should find incentive to observe or partake in these activities. Interaction in this case should not only be the means to an end, but an inherently valuable quality in the spirit of participatory DIY- culture, knowledge sharing, and the precondition for arts to be expressed and absorbed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 7 p.
Keyword [en]
Cultural center, Umeå, Renmarkstorget
Keyword [sv]
Kulturhus, Umeå, Renmarkstorget
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-137272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-137272DiVA: diva2:1117319
Educational program
Architecture Program
Presentation
2017-05-22, Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå, 15:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-06-28 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved

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