London Festival of Architecture 2017: New Kiruna – A Town Built on Collective Memory

When: 06 Jun

Location: Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EY

Memories in urban transformation are key to cultural sustainability. Memories can be accommodated, actively nurtured and supported. Memories can form the basis of a shared community experience through dialogue, storytelling and events. The physical design and its components can carry memories and, in turn, carry the new design, and make it relevant.

White Arkitekter are the lead consultants of the 100 year masterplan for the mining town of Kiruna in northern Sweden within the Arctic Circle, which will be relocated approx. two miles east and replanned.

White Arkitekter’s lead architect Krister Lindstedt and social anthropologist Viktoria Walldin will discuss the notion of memory and its implications within an urban transformation context, giving examples of how the community’s memories have informed their design.

As London undergoes rapid change with significant planned new infrastructure such as the arrival of Crossrail, this event explores how we can effectively preserve our emotional connections to place and asks what lessons can be learned from a masterplan underpinned by collective memory.

The talk will be chaired by Rory Olcayto, Chief Executive, Open City.

Register for the lecture here.

Read more about New Kiruna.