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The City

April 22nd, 2018 Comments off

It is a concept, an idea of sorts; Tokyo, Paris, London or Copenhagen.

The city is an entity of its own. Always dynamic and depending on many views, architecture being one of them.

The city is and has always been the same as contemporary society? No, not the same as the ideal society.

I did write contemporary. Like contemporory Egypt () take your pick 5000, 2000 BC or 500 after? You know the ones who built the Pyramids?

Depending on view it is in its essence a very complex machine. Given the analoghy (city/society to begin with, it must surely be a social structure and “systemic”, sociaty is a system?).

Building an extremly complex machine whithout a plan? It does not seem like a good idea too me.

I was recently informed that the most sacred location in Japan, is a temple (… they have so many?), that only the members of the Emporial family of Japan are allowed to visit. And it is rebuilt every 20 years.

I find that extremely interesting. So, the idea supersedes the material. The idea of rebuilding “The Old Town in Stockholm” every 20 years? There is a obviously a fundamental difference. That is the idea versus mater. Many other differences…

So, maybe I am not a materialst after all, after all these years?

The buildings being constructed in my city right now? Where the he** are the planners, architetechs, social workers, psychatrics and artists?

The 1900 pupil school or the 200 children kindergarten? A school and a kindergarten? The structure and scale is simply terryfing. I suppose there will be some kladding on the actual buildings in the end. They litteraly scare me in every aspect and sense.

Helas, it is not the worst visual assult. “Brohuset”… I’m quite confident it will be known as the worst (not) planned building in the history of Stockholm. Ever. And Stockholm is a pretty old city mind you.

No, I’m not missing the industrial area constructed in the mid 1980’s being demolished, not one bit. I just wish they could build something better.

It is not my problem. I’ve spent my time.

This is was democraticy is. This is free speech. This is possible. From being five years old and trapped in Choran school in 1950’s, some of you abuse these rights? Make fun of them? The Universal rights of every human being?

Do not.

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For Ever, Ever, Ever And Ever?

April 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Yes, for ever, ever, ever and ever.

Fabio & Grooverider on rinse.fm.

I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing on a crisp, bone-chilling Sunday in the very Northern regions of the civilised World.

Emperor Hadrianus was clearly a sensible man, he constructed the wall on an island mid-continental.

The unsurpassable Caeser left the Germanics to their own faith long before that, basically because he could not beat the bearded ones.

We’ve never even been close to seeing paved roads, any Romans or any others at all for that matter…

Mm, true I do not have a beard and the Germanics did drop by, but that was thousands of years later and as is a well known fact that they did not linger, here up north.

Sometimes you need to use capital spelled words… for ever, ever, ever and ever.

“‘Do not play that…’ [the track is called ‘Pistol Shot’], and even more somber times ahead, ‘seriously?’ ‘as the last tune, I got nothing that can follow that. I got nothing that can follow that.'” ‘That thing there…'”. I well better have a sit-down.

So, Twisted Individual is back? “Larry” that’s just more scarry than normal. The eternal breaks.

For ever.

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Remember?

January 4th, 2018 Comments off

Folkhemmet

Folkhemmet, the Swedish Welfare State, is a term used by social democratic politician Per Albin Hansson to describe an equal society without class differences, characterised by mutual understanding.

In Folkhemmet’s Sweden, everyone was entitled to decent housing.

The era of Folkhemmet was roughly between 1930 and 1965.

The housing situation in Sweden in the early 20th century

At the beginning of the 20th century, Sweden was a country with large class differences. Many people lived in small spaces in dark, old-fashioned apartments. The rent could be high. Having a lodger was common, even if the apartment did not have a separate living room or bedroom. Hygiene was a problem. Only having access to cold water and an outdoor privy made it difficult for people to keep themselves, their clothes and their homes clean.

Various initiatives were taken to improve the housing situation, including some non-profit housing foundations as well as the early own-your-own-home movement and later co-operative housing associations, such as HSB.

The 1930’s saw the start of a social housing study, the aim being to chart the situation in Sweden and to produce guidelines for housing policy. After the Second World War, efforts were made by national and local authorities to tackle the housing shortage and improve standards. The goal was good housing at a reasonable cost for residents: a maximum of two people per room, excluding the kitchen. Rent should equate to around one-fifth of an industrial worker’s pay.

The new apartments were built according to the Functionalist ideal presented at the Stockholm Expo in 1930 – ideally dual-perspective windows, and easy to clean without unnecessary edging on doors and cupboards. Great care was also taken with the fixtures and fittings.

Different studies were carried out to discover how a housewife used her workspace, the home. This is were Hemmens forskningsinstitut – literally The Household Research Institute – which was formed in 1944, played an important role.

The apartment from the era of Folkhemmet is produced by Nordiska museet 2013.

https://www.nordiskamuseet.se/

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