Ramia Mazé teaching in KTH's new program Sustainable Urban Planning and Design

22 March, 2013 - 00:00

Ramia Mazé is part of the faculty for the 15-point studio Contemporary Trends I & II (AG2126 and AG2124, 2013). The course is part of the interdisciplinary master program Sustainable Urban Planning and Design (SUPD) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, located between architecture, urban and regional planning, and environmental planning, and led by assistant professor Meike Schalk.

This studio guides 15-17 BA and MA students in formulating their own positions in relation to sustainable urban planning and design. Around the world, processes of urbanization are transforming landscapes and living conditions. Along with growing spatial polarization, views of certain areas as central and others as peripheral are cultivated – a division that subordinates the rural to the urban. But what is meant by periphery? What are the specific features, qualities, skills and assets, problems and opportunities, of “peripheral” conditions? The focus of this studio is the North – more specifically, localities within the Barents region (which includes the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the northwestern part of Russia). Common characteristics are a harsh arctic climate, an indigenous nomadic population, peripheral positions within respective nation-states and extensive natural resources (for example, 40% of Sweden’s electricity is produced here and 80% of Europe’s iron ore). The Northern setting challenges us to critically re-think sustainable development – how could just environments in the Barents look like?

Ramia Mazé is also supervising the master's thesis of Ola Grimell in SUPD.