By Rosalina Broberg Foroughipour, Aarhus school of Architecture.



An investigation of the building typology that dominates the Swedish Million program from the 1960’s. The large-scale suburban area Tensta, located in the municipality of Stockholm, has been the primary location of my research. The methods developed throughout the project are examples of a general method to approaching the typology.

Looking at the theme of time in architecture, I found that the typology and the architects behind it sought a result rather than a continuing design and building process- a universal typology for living and not an area open for changes. I wanted to question this by observing the landscape and investigating it as an architectural reference. I have created drawings, prints, videos and various objects that describes and discuss the aspect of time in building and designing architecture.




I have walked from Hjulsta to Rinkeby in the municipality of Stockholm. Walking has been a method of gaining an understanding of the area by experiencing it and becoming a user myself. I have produced videos and photos and afterwards I have used the material to define characteristics of the typology and to draw a conclusion

Nature is not only shaped by us and our actions, but also by the weather and climate. It is constantly changing.

A collage with sketches of the grass before and after rain and pictures of a composed landscape. Both pictures and sketches are from a study trip to Åsteby, close to Torsby.




The two designs consist of the same cuts of fabric.

The first design evolves slowly because it is sewn together one side or connection at a time. The pieces of fabric are not dependent on each other, meaning one piece can be removed without destroying the full piece.

The second design is sewn together with lines that go from one side of the piece to the other, with lines that do not follow the shapes of the fabric pieces. All of the pieces are put together at the same time, and one cannot be taken out without destroying the entire piece.

Both techniques are manners of putting objects together, or building, and the aspect of interdependence can be applied in all scales.


Adding, moving, shaping. The video consists of three themes- adding, moving and shaping- that show ways of how a landscape can change over time. Each theme consists of three sequences.

The changes that are shown in the movie are reactions which can also be used in architecture, for example as a perception of how a building can change.

Linoleum printing is a form of relief printing. The proportions of the lines create a hierarchy and a sense of perspective, but the non-coloured areas can also be perceived as lines- a minimalistic abstraction of the image, in this case grasses next to the water.

The technique has spatial qualities because it translates lines into reliefs and reliefs into lines. All the prints are different even though they are produced with the same machine and same colour. It is a repetitive system that allows for different results.

Experiments with imitations of repetitive objects in a different material are a way of perceiving architecture as a part of the existing, but with subtle distinctions.


The surface of the suburb is naked

Playground, kebab and bench located in nothing

Functions in an area of nothing

Nothing is suffocating



The area is a grid

The building is a grid

A grid of objects

Objects for building



Buildings are built

Built fast

Deflected and controlled




The landscape is growing

Growing slowly

Symbiosis and survival


There is no time

No time for richness

No sustainability without beauty

No time for beauty



The landscape as a reference

Vernacular coexistence

The building as a landscape

The landscape as a building



The landscape as non-dictative

Composed complexity

Without direction or instruction

It possesses all functions



the landscape transcribed

Into something built

Reinterpreted revived

Living spaces



If we just could plan

Plan for the people who will come

The needs that will come

Come and go



How to leave space

Space for who, for what

Space for the next architect

Space for landscape, for life