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Conference 2021: Designed Living Environment and Democracy

In 2021, democracy in Sweden celebrates its 100th anniversary.

At the conference, we explore various aspects of democracy through themes such as citizen participation, the development of community life, the evolution of our public environments, who influences what is built, altered, and demolished, as well as what we preserve.

Watch the conference in retrospect (in Swedish):

Amanda Lind, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sports issues

Liza Fior, Architect, Partner at Muf architecture/art LLP

Helle Søholt, CEO, Gehl

Helena Bjarnegård, National Architect, Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning

Ingrid Alerås, Architect, Wingårdhs

Ebba Matz, Artist

Erik Berg, Architect, Egnahemsfabriken

Cecilia Rodéhn, PhD in Museum Studies, Associate Professor in Conservation, Lecturer in Gender Studies

Hedvig Mårdh, PhD in Art History, Lecturer in Cultural Studies with a focus on Art and Visual Studies

Patrick Amsellem, Director, Swedish Arts Council

Ruben Wätte, Artist

Erica Ek, City Antiquarian, Örebro

Peder Hallkvist, City Architect, Örebro

Ann-Louise Rönestål, Moderator

About the conference

Since 2020, the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning ↗, the Swedish National Heritage Board ↗, ArkDes and Public Art Agency Sweden ↗ annually arrange a conference about Designed Living Environment. The conference is aimed at those working at municipal, regional, and national levels, within academia or as private practitioners.

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