Architecture in the Making
Architecture as a Making Discipline
and Material Practice

Asplund’s City Library

Andersen, Michael Asgaard

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Project Type: Research Project
Project Period: 201211-201512


The aim of this project is to cast a new light on the making of a masterpiece in Swedish architecture and contribute to a further understanding of the role of public cultural buildings in the construction of a Swedish (and Nordic) welfare society. The project describes, analyses and interprets the creation of E.G. Asplund’s City Library in Stockholm in multiple contexts in order to understand and convey some of the visions in the emerging Swedish welfare architecture of the interwar years.


Michael Asgaard Andersen is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at Chalmers University of Technology. He is architect MAA and holds an M.Arch. (Columbia University, 1998) and Ph.D. (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 2006). Andersen is the author of numerous articles and the book "Jørn Utzon" (Princeton Architectural Press, forthcoming 2013), and is the editor of "Nordic Architects Write" (Routledge, 2008) and co-editor of "Paradoxes of Appearing" (Lars Müller Publishers, 2009) and "New Nordic" (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012).


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Erik Gunnar Asplund’s Stockholm Public Library. Asgaard Andersen, M.; and Eisenschmidt, A. In Leatherbarrow, D., editor(s), A Companion to Twentieth Century Architecture. Wiley, London, 2015.
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