Places + Center for Architecture Co-Host Seminar on Kiruna

The Ingenjörsvillan (engineer’s house), built in 1900 in Kiruna, was moved to a new site outside the mine’s deformation zone on August 31, 2017. Photo by Jessica Nildén. [ArkDes]

On Wednesday 23 September, we were pleased to team up with the Center for Architecture and ArkDes to co-sponsor a webinar inspired by Gideon Fink Shapiro’s Places article, “Kiruna, Forever Changing.”

Shapiro’s article examined Kiruna Forever, the recent exhibition at ArkDes, which explored the history and the future of the northernmost city in Sweden as it faces forced relocation due to the expansion of the mine around which it was built.

Shapiro was joined by Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, curator of Kiruna Forever, and Elisa María López, an doctoral candidate at Uppsala Uiversitet, whose research explores mining-based displacement and resettlement in Sweden, to discuss the unique story of Kiruna as well as broader topics of placemaking, community engagement, mass relocation, and relations with indigenous peoples.

A recording of the webinar is available to watch now.