Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World

Millions of square metres of living space have been built with prefabricated concrete panels. In ArkDes’s new exhibition, curated by Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola and designed by Note Design Studio, models and material as posters, paintings, films, toys, cartoons and opera sets are gathered to reflect on how concrete panels influenced culture for the construction of a new society, both in Sweden and internationally. The exhibition tells the story of a time when flying concrete panels became a symbol of the future, both in politics and in art, and embodied the dream of a better world, from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day. In connection with the exhibition opening, ArkDes will publish a comprehensive publication with the same name. The exhibition curators received the Silver Lion award for the exhibition Monolith Controversies at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale in 2014.
Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World. October 18, 2019 – March 1, 2020. Millions of square metres of living space have been built with prefabricated concrete panels. In ArkDes’s new exhibition, curated by Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola and designed by Note Design Studio, models and material as posters, paintings, films, toys, cartoons and opera sets are gathered to reflect on how concrete panels influenced culture for the construction of a new society, both in Sweden and internationally.
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Left: M. Gordo, Long live the 1st of May!, 1959 Poster, Soviet Union. Right: B. Semionov and V. Alekseyev. The 9th Five-Year Plan. We build quickly and skilfully. Today we will mass-produce houses, 1971. Poster, Soviet Union
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Gerbert Rappaport. Director. Image from the film Cherry Town (Cheryomushki) 1963.
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M. Gordo Long live the 1st of May!, 1959 Poster, Soviet Union
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Rendering, Note Design Studio, 2019
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José Hernández, digital illustration av Kubanskt GPS system, 2019
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Rendering, Note Design Studio, 2019
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José Hernández and Helena Westerlind Skarne system – Sweden 1950s, 2017 Model, powder based 3D print
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José Hernández and Helena Westerlind Skarne system – Sweden 1950s, 2017 Model, powder based 3D print
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Sune Sundahl Installation of large-concrete panels in residential buildings, 1967–1968 Photo ArkDes Collections
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Gustav Kull, illustration Eric Ahlin, architect Navestad, residential area in Norrköping, 1967 Ink on paper ArkDes Collections
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Aleksandr Deyneka Building Peace, 1960 Sketch for a mural mosaic at the First National Art Exhibition of Soviet Russia, Moscow Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering, Note Design Studio, 2019
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Antal Gunda Cherry Town, 1963 Affisch, Ungern
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B. Semionov and V. Alekseyev. The 9th Five-Year Plan. We build quickly and skilfully. Today we will mass-produce houses, 1971 Poster, Soviet Union
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“As if having one single face.” Yu Cherepanov, Crocodile, No. 31, 1974, Soviet Union
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“Thanks, cranes!" Written on the yellow banner: "Work for the kindergarten." Yu Cherepanov, Crocodile, No. 24, 1969, Soviet Union
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Exhibition photo. Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture

Cruising describes the quest for sex by homosexual men in public spaces. It is an urban pursuit taking place in parks, public toilets and car parks, as well as in dedicated establishments such as sex clubs and bathhouses. But cruising cannot be reduced to neither men nor gays, nor to any definite location. The historical model of cruising is evolving. Presenting the many facets of cruising culture through the work of international architects, designers and artists, Cruising Pavilion explores a sexual and spatial practice that spans historical and contemporary culture. The combination of digital hook-up apps, urban development, and the commodification of LGBTQ+ cultures means that traditional cruising grounds are continually adapting. Geospatial technologies have generated a psychosexual geography that spreads across digitally-connected homes and profiles.
'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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Invitation to the exhibition. Image courtesy of ArkDes.
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Curators: Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Charles Teyssou, Rasmus Myrup, and Octave Perrault (Cruising Pavilion) with James Taylor-Foster (Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes).
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From 'Lesbian Xanadu (Updated Version)' series (2019) / Ann Krsul + Alexis Roworth. Courtesy of the artists. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Cruising Labyrinth (2016) / Andreas Angelidakis. Open source. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Blueprints of The Saint (invitation to the first event)' (1980) / Charles Terrell + Bruce Mailman. Courtesy of The Saint Foundation Archives. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Boiler Club Extension' (2015) / Studio Karhard. Courtesy of the artist. Photo © Stefan Wolf Lucks. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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From the 'NYC Go Go (Postcard from the Edge)' series (2014) / Robert Getso. Courtesy of Timothy Landers. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Still from '“AAFAGC”, Applied Art for a Gay Club' (2011) / Jaanus Samma + Alo Paistik. Courtesy of the artists. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Social Sculpture 9, Butt Shelf' (1998/2019) / John Lindell. Courtesy of the artist. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Reproduction of Flagrant Délit' (1975) / Madelon Vriesendorp. Courtesy of the artist. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Eight Leading Architects Envision Future Stockholm at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

In September 2019, Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron—an exhibition commissioned by ArkDes and first presented in Boxen in Spring 2019—will be on display at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition highlights the imaginations of eight of Stockholm’s most talented architects. Pushing the boundaries of architectural representation, each contribution speculatively envisions new uses for Skeppsbron in Stockholm – one of the Swedish capital’s most symbolic, yet undervalued, inner-city sites.
Eight Leading Architects Envision Future Stockholm at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism In September 2019, Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron—an exhibition commissioned by ArkDes and first presented in Boxen (Stockholm) in Spring 2019—will be on display at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition highlights the imaginative work of eight of Stockholm’s most talented architects and practices. Pushing the boundaries of architectural representation, each contribution speculatively envisions new uses for Skeppsbron in Stockholm – one of the Swedish capital’s most symbolic yet undervalued inner-city sites.
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“Time Crystal”. Drawing: Tor Lindstrand (2019).
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“You”. Drawing: OKK+ (2019)
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“Time Crystal”. Model: Tor Lindstrand (2019)
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Skeppsbron in Stockholm
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“Island of the Dead”. Drawing: Nilsson Rahm (2019)
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“Island of the Dead”. Model: Nilsson Rahm (2019)
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“You”. Model: OKK+ (2019)
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“The Wall”. Model: Krupinski/Krupinska (2019)
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“The Wall”. Drawing: Krupinski/Krupinska (2019)
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“In Water Writ”. Drawing: Hermansson Hiller Lundberg (2019)
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“In Water Writ”. Model: Hermansson Hiller Lundberg (2019)
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“Scenes for Future Expression”. Drawing: Esencial - Carmen Izquierdo (2019)
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"Another Day in a Different Time”. Model: Elizabeth B. Hatz (2019)
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"Another Day in a Different Time”. Model: Elizabeth B. Hatz (2019)
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“City of My Dreams”. Model: AT-HH (2019)
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“City of My Dreams”. Drawing: AT-HH (2019)
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Eight Leading Architects Envision Future Stockholm at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism In September 2019, Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron—an exhibition commissioned by ArkDes and first presented in Boxen (Stockholm) in Spring 2019—will be on display at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition highlights the imaginative work of eight of Stockholm’s most talented architects and practices. Pushing the boundaries of architectural representation, each contribution speculatively envisions new uses for Skeppsbron in Stockholm – one of the Swedish capital’s most symbolic yet undervalued inner-city sites.
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Gingerbread House 2019

Gingerbread House 2019 is a different and aromatic exhibition of imaginative gingerbread houses. It is also a competition where children, young people, adults, amateurs and professionals compete side by side. This year, ArkDes is challenging all gingerbread-house bakers to bake something they think is HOT. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? Do you think of the hottest trends or tropical resorts? Forest fires or sunny beaches? We’re hoping for at least 100 hot interpretations of this year's theme – and want to remind everyone to load their fire alarm with fresh batteries and set their oven timer to 7 minutes, max!
Gingerbread House 2019. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018.
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Meet the jury who will choose the winners of Gingerbread House 2019. Elsa Billgren – vintage entrepreneur and blogger Frida Leijon – confectioner, Tor Lindstrand – architect Svante Öquist – freelance journalist and blogger
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Matti Östling.
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Details Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred Matti Östling.
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Details from Gingerbread House Competition 2018, Cred Matti Östling.
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Details from Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Matti Östling.
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Details from Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Matti Östling.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: ArkDes.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Gingerbread House Competition. Matti Östling. From previous years.
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