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Post Carbon Form

This work examines architecture and planning through the notion of post-carbon modernity (Iturbe, 2019). The site of Valhalla is explored through the lens of time, where a multidimensional timeline acts as a point of departure. 

Ellen Boman, Nina Dereban, Greta Faxberg & Arnau Vinyals

The topography around Valhalla is flat with a slight incline from the highway to Korsvägen. By using the existing buildings on the site as a terrain, highpoints are created. The scale as well as the program of the buildings make the site inaccessible and grey, which is counteracted by splitting the convention centre Svenska Mässan. With this split, passages are created, and through time, these passages will be transformed into canals in order for water to be able to take space in the city. The group explores 4 different future scenarios and how the site could transform depending on which choices humanity make. 


 has almost no natural terrain, instead we had to make use of the giant buildings on our site. Our four different scenarios are situated along a multidimensional timeline, as well as on different locations in our site. Year 2025 is visualised on the edge of the canal, year 2080 in 


Ellen Boman

In this project I’ve explored an alternative future where humans succeeded in making drastic and radical changes to how we live out our lives. The year is 2100. Sea level rise is at +3m measured against levels of BA (Before Anthropocene). Rainfall per year: 1500 mm. Civilisation: Local community based.  Skånegatan used to be one of the inner city’s most car-dense roads, with tramlines and concrete. The concrete has been broken down due to rain, flooding and vegetation being allowed to take over.  The weight of the tram tracks in combination with repeated flooding and the soil being clay resulted in Skånegatan sinking. Today most roads around here have turned to canals, Skånekanalen is the biggest one. The terraced waterfront is cultivated for food and flowers by the surrounding communities. They make sure to not disturb the part closest to the water, except where there’s docking available, nor the sinkholes where there once were drains. Now these pools of water are home to many species. The bridges are semi-natural bridges. The base for the structures are the old beams from the roof of Scandinavium, a building that has since long fallen apart. They are held in place and structurally reinforced by a type of fast-growing vine. 


Nina Dereban

The area of the land is steadily decreasing due to population growth and sea level rise caused by climate change. Accumulating rainfall will become increasingly challenging as cities grow, building density rises, and soil permeability declines. This puts tremendous pressure on how land is used around the globe. However, it offers an opportunity for architects and urban planners to rethink how cities are designed in order to meet the needs of the future. The answer to meet future needs might be through spatial awareness and multifunctional architecture. At the same time incorporating water into the urban design process as the coastal ecosystems become more vulnerable and rainfall intensity increases in Gothenburg. Through the proposals atypical architecture, the goal is therefore to push sustainability further, but most importantly to put the ‘fun’ in function. 

Salvom Lavisse 

Greta Faxberg

Western society is based on the notion that every body is an individual, completely autonomous. But every body is a body of water. The human body leaks and seeths, but it also intakes, transforms, inhales, exhales and exchanges wet matters. When we breath and exhale, when we kiss our lovers, give birth, drink, sweat or pee, water moves into and out of our bodies. 

This makes our bodies infrastructural elements moving through the world. Our bodies are milieus for water, and they pass water on to all animals, plants, other humans and the earth, as well as we recieve it from all of these things. This means that we are not, in fact, individuals with sharp borders to our surroundings but rather parts of a system of gifts, theft and debt to all life that could be seen as watery. 


Arnau Vinyals


The project implements silent water transport in the flooded area with no negative impact on the environment. New accessible platforms from the shore and inside the buildings, works as moorings for small, non-motorized boats, like kayaks, canoes or rowing boats. 


The seawater evaporates due to the concentration of heat under the horizontal panels exposed to the sun. Water vapor condenses on the surface of the panels and is carried away due to the slight tilt. Fresh water is stored for watering the new “rewilded” areas, consuming it or saving it as a resource in case of need. 


Use the fresh water to integrate buildings and nature. Make the human and nature landscape be the same one again. Let green take advantage of built environment and humans benefit of it. Green roofs for human purposes as vegetable gardens or green areas and facades to connect with nature. 


What used to be the ground floor is now underwater. The second and third floors have become at street level. The project proposes openings for these spaces to serve as a public space functioning as a climate shelter and connections. 

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