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Flying Panels
How Concrete Panels Changed the World

18 October 2019 - 1 March 2020

Housing billions of people, apartment blocks made of prefabricated concrete panels are one of the most common buildings in the world. Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

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Free admission.

Flying Panels gives an account of the evolution of the concrete panel, a building component often derided as the ugly face of our cities. But in the optimistic post-war period, the panel would build the future, cure the housing shortage and raise living standards for millions of people. The prefabricated concrete panels were at the heart of construction systems that spread to over 70 countries following the Second World War. The systems were further developed and adapted to local needs and circumstances in the different countries, with the new technique providing almost endless scope for variation.

Images of flying concrete panels were frequent in the 1950s and ‘60s. The exhibition illustrates the cultural impact and dissemination of the panels through examples of poster art, paintings, films, toys, cartoons and opera sets. A focal point of the exhibition is a suspended 1:5-scale model of one of the most representative concrete panel systems. Other key features are models of 60 modular systems from six continents.

Flying Panels is the result of years of research by curators Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola, who have gathered original material and catalogued and produced 3D models of concrete panel systems used across the world. The exhibition also outlines the history of concrete panels in Sweden, from the Million Programme and standardisation to the television series Hammarkullen.

Exhibition credits

Curated by: Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola
Curator at ArkDes: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Exhibition Producer: Sofia Liljergren
Exhibition Design: Note Design Studio
Graphic Design: Brand Union
Content developer: José Hernández
Research: Michael Abrahamsson and Erik Stenberg
Production Team: Daniel Golling, Markus Eberle, Tina Helmersson Landgren, Stefan Mossfeldt, Halla Sigurdardottir, Sandra Nolgren, Maria Östman, Elisabet Schön, Frida Melin, Lena Biörnstad Wranne, Eva-Lisa Saksi, Madeléne Beckman

Images from the exhibition


Aleksandr Deyneka, Building Peace, 1960. Sketch for a mural mosaic at the First National Art Exhibition of Soviet Russia,
Moscow Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Aleksandr Deyneka, Building Peace, 1960. Sketch for a mural mosaic at the First National Art Exhibition of Soviet Russia, Moscow Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Sune Sundahl, photo, Installation of large-concrete panels in residential buildings, 1967–1968 ArkDes Collections

Sune Sundahl, photo, Installation of large-concrete panels in residential buildings, 1967–1968 ArkDes Collections

Antal Gunda, Cherry Town, 1963, Poster, Hungary

Antal Gunda, Cherry Town, 1963, Poster, Hungary

José Hernández and Helena Westerlind, Skarne system – Sweden 1950s, 2017 Model, powder based 3D print

José Hernández and Helena Westerlind, Skarne system – Sweden 1950s, 2017 Model, powder based 3D print

M. Gordo, Long live the 1st of May!, 1959, Poster, Soviet Union

M. Gordo, Long live the 1st of May!, 1959, Poster, Soviet Union

“THANKS, CRANES!” WRITTEN ON THE YELLOW BANNER: ”WORK FOR THE KINDERGARTEN.”
Yu Cherepanov, Crocodile, No. 24, 1969, Soviet Union

“THANKS, CRANES!” WRITTEN ON THE YELLOW BANNER: ”WORK FOR THE KINDERGARTEN.” Yu Cherepanov, Crocodile, No. 24, 1969, Soviet Union

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Guided tour


Friday

18 October


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World

17:30  Auditorium


The Flying Panels exhibition tells of the time when a concrete panel hovering in the air symbolised faith in the future and embodied dreams of a better world. Meet exhibition curators Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola, who talk about the fascinating research process behind the exhibition. Also taking part: Adrian Forty, Emeritus Professor of Architectural History, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, architect and historian Natalya Solopova, Erik Stenberg, architect and Associate Professor in Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology School of Architecture and the Built Environment, and Jennifer Mack, Associate Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology School of Architecture, all of whom have contributed to the book Flying Panels.

Free admission. In English.


Sunday

20 October


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

20 October


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

22 October


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

27 October


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

27 October


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

29 October


Autumn Break: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Tuesday

29 October


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Wednesday

30 October


Autumn Break: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Thursday

31 October


Autumn Break: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Friday

1 November


Autumn Break: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Saturday

2 November


Autumn Break: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

3 November


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

3 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

5 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

10 November


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

10 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

12 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

17 November


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

17 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

19 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

24 November


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

24 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

26 November


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

1 December


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

1 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

3 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

8 December


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

8 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

10 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

15 December


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

15 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

17 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

22 December


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

22 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

29 December


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

29 December


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

5 January


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

5 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

7 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

12 January


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

12 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

14 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

19 January


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

19 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

21 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

26 January


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

26 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

28 January


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

2 February


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

2 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

4 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

9 February


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

9 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

11 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

16 February


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

16 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

18 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

23 February


Family Sunday: Flying concrete

12:00  


Come cast your own concrete panel and see if you can lift it with our crane. This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

23 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

25 February


February half term: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Tuesday

25 February


Guided tour: Flying Panels

17:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Wednesday

26 February


February half term: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Thursday

27 February


February half term: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Friday

28 February


February half term: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Saturday

29 February


February half term: Flying cities

13:00  


Create flying cities in Studio ArkDes! This event includes a guided tour of the exhibition Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, as well as the possibility to build your own creations.

Tickets to Family Sundays are free but limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up tickets at the information desk on the same day. No pre-registration. First come, first served. From 4 years.


Sunday

1 March


Guided tour: Flying Panels

14:00  


Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World tells of the time when a concrete panel soaring across the sky symbolised the future and embodied dreams of a better world. The exhibition also tells of the concrete panel systems in contemporary architecture.

Free admission. No pre-registration.

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Flying Panels gives an account of the evolution of the concrete panel, a building component often derided as the ugly face of our cities. But in the optimistic post-war period, the panel would build the future, cure the housing shortage and raise living standards for millions of people. The prefabricated concrete panels were at the heart of construction systems that spread to over 70 countries following the Second World War. The systems were further developed and adapted to local needs and circumstances in the different countries, with the new technique providing almost endless scope for variation.

Images of flying concrete panels were frequent in the 1950s and ‘60s. The exhibition illustrates the cultural impact and dissemination of the panels through examples of poster art, paintings, films, toys, cartoons and opera sets. A focal point of the exhibition is a suspended 1:5-scale model of one of the most representative concrete panel systems. Other key features are models of 60 modular systems from six continents.

Flying Panels is the result of years of research by curators Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola, who have gathered original material and catalogued and produced 3D models of concrete panel systems used across the world. The exhibition also outlines the history of concrete panels in Sweden, from the Million Programme and standardisation to the television series Hammarkullen.

Exhibition credits

Curated by: Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola
Curator at ArkDes: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Exhibition Producer: Sofia Liljergren
Exhibition Design: Note Design Studio
Graphic Design: Brand Union
Content developer: José Hernández
Research: Michael Abrahamsson and Erik Stenberg
Production Team: Daniel Golling, Markus Eberle, Tina Helmersson Landgren, Stefan Mossfeldt, Halla Sigurdardottir, Sandra Nolgren, Maria Östman, Elisabet Schön, Frida Melin, Lena Biörnstad Wranne, Eva-Lisa Saksi, Madeléne Beckman