Continuation of the public program organized by participants of Decolonizing Architecture 22/23 to discuss and share collective and individual researches.

March Hosted Session

Concrete Toxicity

Decolonizing Architecture Office, Royal Institute of Art, 3rd floor
on March 13th 2023 at 14:00-17:00

A session looking in to the relations between concrete, toxicity and corruption.
We are opening up the room with the following guests to shed a light on the topic they find most urgent in the theme of the session. We will open up for a shared discussion after the presentations.
*Barış Can Sever – PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Middle East Technical University, currently based in Turkey. He is working on the Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Migratory Movements as A Multifaceted Process Under the Impacts of Climate Crisis: The Case of Central Anatolian Agricultural Basin in Konya/Turkey”. He maintains socio-ecological and academic works by mostly focusing on the intersectional areas of social theory, sociology of migration, environmental  sociology, and climate crisis.

*Tuba Kolat Lidén – Studied urban and regional planning in the School of Architecture at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul and completed her master’s degree at KTH in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design programme. She has been working as a planning architect in transportation and infrastructure projects in Sweden since 2018. Tuba is interested in the conflict between public interest and the construction industry and how corruption affects the lives of citizens. She would like to compare the decision-making and control processes between Sweden and Turkey.

Collapsing buildings and infrastructure in earthquake stricken areas such as most recently Turkey, Kurdistan and Syria, as well as in war zones, produce toxic smoke and dust posing added risks to the people affected. Buildings often collapse due to poor construction as a result of corruption. The buildings kill, not the earthquake. We also have a toxic relationship with concrete as both provider and abuser. Concrete provides welfare, housing and a degree of comfort while extracting, polluting and exploiting.

Organized by Yasamin Ghalehnoie, Emma Dominguez, Herman Hjorth Berge, Ann Mirjam Vaikla, Hannah Wiker Wikström

Decolonize your gaze

Decolonizing Architecture Office, Royal Institute of Art, 3rd floor
on March 15th 2023 at 14:00-17:00

We warmly invite you to our second hosted session “Decolonize your gaze: evaluation from (non) western perspective”

This time we will be joined by Vigen Galstyan from Yerevan, who will start with a workshop followed by a talk about his practice as an art historian & curator and his approaches in evaluating objects from museum collections and second hand markets. We will conclude the session with questions and reflections on the topic.

Organized by Stefan fuchs, Olya Zovskaya and Robin Dingemans

Bedtime Story 2

Decolonizing Architecture Office, Royal Institute of Art, 3rd floor
on March 16th 2023 at 14:00-17:00

This time we would ask you to bring a story (book, movie, etc) from your childhood you can remember and still feel a connection to and share it in our session with the group. If you like, please bring a picture, clip or even a little quote/passage.

We would then like to work further around these stories with you in class
and take a trip to the Kungsträdgården Metro Station.

Organized by Kibandu Pello-Esso, Sebastian Moske, Ali Naghi Ardalan, Angelos Chiotis

2nd and 3rd years Participants Closure

Decolonizing Architecture Office, Royal Institute of Art, 3rd floor
on March 17th 2023 at 14:00-16:00

Organized by Steffie De Gaetano, Francesca Gattello, Alice Pontiggia and Silvia Susanna

As part of the Decolonizing Architecture 22/23 program, participants organize a series of public events to discuss and share their collective and individual researches.

February Hosted Session

Bedtime Story

Värmeverkets Bibliotek– on February 6th  2023 at 14:00 – 17:45

The Hosted Session Bedtime Story have a collective reading, a film, an invited guest lecture by Stavros Kousoulas and an urban walk. It is organized by Kibandu Pello-Esso, Sebastian Moske, Ali Naghi Ardalan, Angelos Chiotis.

2nd years Participants Closure

Decolonizing Architecture Office, Royal Institute of Art, 3rd floor
on February 7th  2023 at 15:00 – 18:00

Organized by Laura Fiorio, Sara Davin Omar and Peter Nylund

Restitute Everything!

Decolonizing Architecture Office, Royal Institute of Art, 3rd floor
on February 8th  2023 at 10:00 – 13:00

The day starts with a decolonize your tongue warm up, help us tune into our international guests. The decolonizing of place names, the general ability to hear in-real-life “the decolonial” can be fundamental to change. This “decolonize your tongue” workshop will also help us be better hosts to our international guests. Ideation from Whangarei to Kyiv.

Following an online panel with Te Arikirangi Mamaku-Ironside and Oscar Lara. We will take a look at two repatriation processes of objects stolen or taken from Aotearoa and Peru. Our first guest from the repatriation team from Te Papa Museum in Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by Oscar Lara’s project “Within Heritage Movements”.

We will round off the day with some more insights into our group’s research such as a glimpse at the colonial displays of Hamburg´s Ethnological Museum.

Organized by Stefan fuchs, Olya Zovskaya and Robin Dingemans

Haunting concrete : Concrete hauntings

Värmeverkets Bibliotek
on February 9th  2023 at 14:00 – 17:00

This session takes it starting point in a collective sound piece where we have gathered and curated different voices talking about concrete.
Following with an associative exercises moving between internal and external processes working with your different senses.

Organized by Yasamin Ghalehnoie, Emma Dominguez, Herman Hjorth Berge, Ann Mirjam Vaikla, Hannah Wiker Wikström

Difficult Heritage Summer School (Edition II)

Internal colonization and the countryside

September 3-10

In a series of texts written at the beginning of the 1920s, Antonio Gramsci depicts the so-called Italian “southern question” as a form of internal colonization, establishing a fundamental link between imperial ambitions and internal forms of colonization. Legitimized by the rhetoric of modernization, “peripheral territories” within Europe have been equally objects of internal colonization via extraction and expropriation (among them Sápmi and Ireland), forcing the local population to emigrate. The abandonment of the countryside was the natural consequence of decades of exploitation, subjugation, and migration. How do those stories of internal colonization force us to rethink contemporary migration and the countryside today?

The students will have the opportunity to travel to Sicily, Borgo Rizza, one of the new towns built by the Entity of Colonization of Sicily in 1940. Since the last year, the course has helped the local municipality to transform the abandoned town into a new civic space for local organizations and international universities. Based on an already established partnership with the local municipality of Carlentini, the students will collectively contribute to a series of interventions and discursive exhibitions with the aim to reinhabit borgo Rizza and to connect the site with other “case studies” around the world.

What does it mean “To Decolonize”? 4

2021 – 2022

The topic of this year aims to reflect and intervene in the debate regarding the architectural heritage associated with painful and violent memories. The course will focus on the rural towns built in the 1940s by the “Entity of Colonization of Sicily” during the fascist regime. These rural towns were built by the regime to “reclaim,” “modernize,” and “repopulate” the south of Italy considered “empty,” “underdeveloped,” and “backward”. The analysis of these towns will offer course participants the opportunity to problematize the persistence of today’s colonial relationship with the countryside, especially after the renewed interest in the countryside as a solution for the pandemic. Parallel to the collective research, every student is asked to research an individual case study of difficult heritage. The intersection between individual and collective research is shared with a larger public at the end of the year in a discursive exhibition. The course is organized in collaboration with the Critical Urbanism course at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and will take place in Stockholm, online, and in the former building of the “Entity of Colonization of Sicilian Latifundia” in Borgo Rizza, Municipality of Carlentini in Sicily.


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Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence

At the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Decolonizing Architecture Studio, 2nd floor. – on April 25th  2022 at 15:00

In occasion of the exhibition “Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence” at the Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm (27 April – 19 June 2022), Hrair will give a talk about his photographic practice characterised by an element of search, as well as the dichotomy of visible/invisible.

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Past and present fascism: difficult heritage and collective memories

At the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm – on February 11th  2022 at 11:00 – 18:00

The session is in the context of the Decolonizing Architecture program and is the first of a series of public events which will take place monthly. It is organized by Peter Nylund, Laure Catugier & Laura Fiorio, Post-master participants at Decolonizing Architecture 2021-2022.

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Action 1 – “We were born without a heritage”

At the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm – on February 10th, 2022 from 10:00 to 13:00

A co-reflection to discuss what issues would be considered urgent and relevant for cultural workers. The group Merica Merica, composed by Michelle Jean De Castro, Zeno Franchini, and Francesca Gattello, will share its process and bits of content experimenting with ways to create knowledge from informality. The event is part of the Hosted Sessions program within the framework of the Decolonizing Architecture post-master course at the Royal Institute of Art.

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Student Activism as Anti-Racist Decolonial Practice

At the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm – on February 9th 2022 at 10:00 – 14:30

This event is the first in a series of self-organized hosted sessions by Sara Rossling, Denisse Vega de Santiago, Sara Davin Omar, Post-master participants at Decolonizing Architecture 2021-2022.

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Architectural Dissonances

December 2021

“Architectural Dissonances” is an e-publication edited in collaboration between the Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies and L’Internationale Online.
Echoing processual music terminologies, “Architectural Dissonances” challenge the dominant colonial/modernist understanding of architecture. The compositions, essays, videos and architectural projects in this collection explore strategies and modalities of practising and investigating architecture beyond the predominantly western modernist architectural canon.
Recognizing the limits and slippages of academic disciplines such as architecture, art history, museology and curating, and encouraging practices of unlearning, our task is, therefore, to situate a critical conversation around decolonization in Europe by challenging western epistemologies in relation to architecture, living and working spaces, territories of care, urban and rural planning.

With contributions by: Suha Hasan, Malin Heyman, Sepideh Karami, Lais Myrrha, Harun Morrison, Joar Nango, Itohan Osayimwese, Victoria Ogoegbunam Okoye, Laercio Redondo, Ayedin Ronaghi, Emilio Distretti and Alessandro Petti.

Editors: Corina Oprea, Alessandro Petti, Marie-Louise Richards, Tatiana Pinto, Roberta Burchardt.

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Difficult Heritage – Summer School

The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and the University of Basel are collaborating in the organization of the international summer program Difficult Heritage. Coordinated by the Decolonizing Architecture Course from Sweden and the Critical Urbanism course from Switzerland, the program takes place at Borgo Rizza (Syracuse, Italy) from 30 August to 7 September 2021, in coordination with Carlentini Municipality, as well as the local university and associations.
The program is constituted by a series of lectures, seminars, workshop, readings and site visits centered around the rural town of Borgo Rizza, build in 1940 by the ‘Ente della colonizzazione’ established by the fascist regime to colonize the south of Italy perceived as backward and underdeveloped.
The town seems a perfect place for participants to analyze, reflect and intervene in the debate regarding the architectural heritage associated to painful and violent memories and more broadly to problematize the colonial relation with the countryside, especially after the renew attention due the pandemic.
The summer program takes place inside the former ‘entity of colonization’ and constitutes the first intensive study period for the Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Course 2020/21 participants.

DAAS participation in Rundgång

Royal Institute of Art, November 2021

Borgo narrations from the living room

Participants of Decolonizing Architecture reflect on our physical or nonphysical experience of Borgo Rizza, the destination of the Difficult Heritage Summer School which we attended as introduction to this academic year.

End of year discursive exhibition of the Decolonizing Architecture postmaster course 2020-2021

Casa Punto Croce, Venice, 18–23 May 2021

Casa Punto Croce is a multidisciplinary cultural home project making waves in the Venetian independent scene since 2012. Its secret location, queer approach and interdisciplinary transactional happenings, made for and by locals, have throughout the years attracted folks, students, professors, contemporary and less contemporary artists and poets, researchers and performers from all over Italy and abroad.

Work presented by Silvia Susanna, Mikaela Britt Karlsson, Steffie de Gaetano and Alice Pontiggia (in order of appearance) with intervention of Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti and Tobia Tomasi.

What does it mean “To Decolonize”? 3

2020 – 2021

Under the headline Modernism and Demodernization, this year’s cycle of Decolonizing Architecture has engaged with ways to challenge modern approaches, locating and experimenting with approaches that seek to imagine a form of demodernization in architecture. During the pandemic, we have faced the challenge of not being able to meet in Stockholm – as a group or with guests of the course – for the majority of the year. As a result, the focus was set on matters closer to home, and the theme of isolation connected the course’s initial days in Långholmen Prison to the isolation of the island of Skeppsholmen, where the institution of the Royal Institute of Art itself is situated. The collective site of intervention has therefore engaged with issues raised within our own walls: how we relate to each other; how our institution relates to the rest of the world; belonging; and how to bring decolonial thinking and doing into our own house(s).


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Remembering to forget colonial memory, to learn to live, again

At the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
on November 11th 2020 at 14:00 – 16:00 CET

During these days of empty metaphors and contradictions, I feel compelled to go back to basics. With all that’s going on, one wonders – am I really living? In other words, do I remember what it is to live? Yet isn’t this question what gives way to all else? That is why, by asking these questions, I’ve been little by little striving to align my daily life and privilege to my art and its related practices, so as to give life, and live. This questioning has led my efforts to the containment and deposition of colonial memory, particularly regarding the disproportionate violence and entropy that colonial memory self-inscribes. From my Caribbean perspective, I am exploring that entropy through various traumas that, to me, are sustained and repressed by the geological force that is colonial violence. By treating greenhouse technology as one of the object-relations of the memory of said violence, I give shape to that deposition as an infrastructure of epistemológica … a careful and transitional practice that at once reviews the scientific preparation, the expository prop, and political demonstration, so as to learn to live, again.

Luis Berríos-Negrón (San Juan, 1971*) is a Puerto Rican artist who explores the environmental forms of sculpture, discourse, and display that are shaped by the forces of global warming.

The seminar can be followed online.
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What does it mean “To Decolonize”? 2

2019 – 2020

This year, course participants have spent time researching experimental sites of knowledge production, understood as physical spaces, as well as communities, experiences and bodies and anchored in personal experiences and collective processes. Based on the assumption that every student is a bearer of knowledge, course participants have intersected individual and collective research trajectories by establishing a common vocabulary as a theoretical framework and reference point for future spatial interventions. Three collective initiatives and fifteen individual research projects have emerged from the interactions between course participants, the city of Stockholm, and sites and communities both close and distant.


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Decolonizing Education

At the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
on September 10th 2020 at 15:00 – 17:00

What does decolonization mean in a predominately white institution? How can institutions change to reflect the demographics in society? How can cultural institutions become more inclusive challenging the hegemonic positionings of society, attracting those that are historically marginalised? How can access to education become genuinely public?

These are some of the questions that Nadira Omarjee, Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute on the Africa Scholar Programme at Uppsala University, and Shahram Khosravi, Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, will use as a point of departure in their conversation hosted with the students of Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Course at the Royal Institute of Art, in Stockholm.

Nadira Omarjee is an decolonial feminist scholar, focusing her research on Decolonial Feminist Pedagogy: decoloniation, feminism, education, decolonial curriculum, intersectionality, gender and antiracism.

Shahram Khosravi research interests include anthropology of Iran and the Middle East, migration, human rights, forced displacement. He is the author of ‘Young and Defiant in Tehran’ and ”Illegal’ Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders’.


What does it mean “To Decolonize”? 1

2019 – 2020


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End of the year Discursive Exhibition: What does it mean “To Decolonize”?

28 May – 29 May, 2019, Stockholm

The struggle of decolonization, once primarily located outside of Europe, has today moved within its borders. What the media continue to call the “refugee crisis”, “environmental crisis” “economic crisis” are, in reality, the incapacity of Europe to come to terms to the condition of five hundred years of colonialism. This public event is divided into three parts: a public seminar that introduces decolonial options and their relevance in the European context, followed by a public lecture by the renowned philosopher Walter D. Mignolo who has spent the last 40 years researching and teaching the historical foundation of the modern/colonial world system and imaginary, concluding with an open discussion on decolonial artistic practices by using as a starting point, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti´s latest book Permanent Temporariness, a collection of research projects developed in over a decade of work within the artistic collective DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency).

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Public lecture by Walter Mignolo

Book launch



Field Trip to Asmara and Addis Ababa

28 January – 8 February, 2019

Course participants traveled to Addis Ababa and Asmara to learn from the ways in which the local residents reused colonial fascist buildings. In Addis Ababa the course collaborated with Rahel Shawl her team at RAAS architecture that has mapped out architecture built during the Italian occupation. In a series of workshops, course participants joined local students, experts, architects and local associations in rethinking the possibility of reuseing one of these building for a center of knowledge production — a space that the RAAS team and Rahel envisioned especially for newly graduated architects. The exhibition organized by the RAAS team at the Urban Center featured a series of architecture built during the Italian occupation, generating an interesting debate around the use of the term decolonization, since Ethiopian was never colonized. In contrast, architectures build in the same period in Asmara were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017 under the title of “Asmara: A Modernist African City”. The course participants had a possibility to meet and discuss with the team of architects and conservationists of the Asmara Heritage Project, who prepared the nomination dossier.

Video of the field trip

Seminar on the Cities of Asmara and Addis Ababa

30 August, 2018 – Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
David Rifkind, Mekonnen Tesfahuney and Peter Lang

Experimental Preservation

6 November – 9 November, 2018 – Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Erik Langdalen, Torun Hammar and Carlos Minguez Carrasco



Internal Colonialism and Colonial Heritage

17 April, 2018, Stockholm

This conference is organized by the Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Course and the Research Lab at the Royal Institute of Art (RIA), the School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Konsthall C and Tensta Konsthall.

The conference presents a series of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of colonial architecture, expanding the notion of colonial space into present realities. It explores the internal colonization of Sámi land in Sweden, remittance urbanisms and new struggles of knowledge production within Europe, poses disruptive questions around the heritage of Palestinian refugee camps — the oldest refugee camps in the world — as well as confronting the colonial heritage of European museums and institutions. A second day is dedicated to guided exhibition visits to Konsthall C and Tensta Konsthall and an evening lecture by Forensic Architecture that will call for the mobilisation of architecture as both a form of research and activism.


Experimental Preservation

6 November – 9 November, 2018 – Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Erik Langdalen, Torun Hammar and Carlos Minguez Carrasco



Manifesta 12

21 June – 23 June, 2018, Palermo

As part of the 5x5x5 program of Manifesta 12 in Palermo, the Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Course presented a project for the critical re-use of the Casa del Mutilato — a fascist building designed by Giuseppe Spatrisano and inaugurated by Benito Mussolini in 1936. The project took the form of an architectural intervention; a prosthesis to the Casa del Mutilato which acted as a tool to reorient the future uses of the building and pragmatically started a much needed restoration process.



Decolonizing North

7 December – 8 December, 2017, Stockholm

This conference was organized by Konsthall C, the Advanced Course in Decolonizing Architecture at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and CEMFOR (Center for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism) at Uppsala University. The north is not only a geographical expression — it often also indicates a power relation based on a presumption of superiority. Despite violent border regimes and colonial processes on indigenous populations, northern European countries have scarcely dealt with their own self-image of colonial powers. Is decolonization today a possible political project of liberation against this historical prejudice? What is at stake and how should we position ourselves within an imperative process of decolonization in relation to land and knowledge? In particular, how can we de-align from the reproduction of oppressive structures and look instead to new alliances between native and migrant populations — towards solidarity practices within art, discourse and the situated locality.