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Architecture and Urban Design

Lecture: JOHAN PAJU, Urban Biotopes – a case study of Social Nature in Stockholm

Thursday 23 November, 2017

Lecture: JOHAN PAJU, Urban Biotopes – a case study of Social Nature in Stockholm

At 5.30 pm this Thursday, on the 23rd Nov, everyone’s welcome to the architecture department (Pikk 20, 3rd floor) for lecture “Urban Biotopes – A case study of Social Nature in Stockholm, Sweden” by Stockholm-based architect and landscape architect Johan Paju.

During the last century, we lost track of natural systems in the cityscape. Johan Paju will discuss how to re-introduce a “biotope thinking” into urban landscapes through an understanding of deep structure and landscape ecology. The lecture will focus on Nordic climates, a case study of the “Taklandskapet” (The Roof Top Landscape) of Sveavägen 44 in Stockholm and basic principles of biotope design and practice by URBANGREEN. The lecture will be held in English and open for all.

Johan Paju is one of Sweden’s foremost landscape architects and has previously taught at KTH-A in Stockholm over 15 years in landscape architecture and urban design. 1998, he was one of the founders of NOD -nature oriented design and is now co-owner and Creative Director of Fojab architects, one of Sweden’s largest architectural firms. He has been active all over the world, but with a strong focus on Nordic architecture and process-oriented solutions. He got the Siena Prize in 2015 for the best landscape project in Sweden. Johan Paju has been Chairman of Stockholm’s Architectural Association as well as for the Swedish Association of Architects Academy for Landscape Architecture.

Posted by Pille Epner
Doctoral School

Writing seminar

Monday 27 November, 2017 — Tuesday 28 November, 2017

November 27, 11.00 – 17.00 (Estonia pst 7 room 426)
November 28, 11 – 15 (Estonia pst 7 room 440a)

By Aslaug Nyrnes and Nina Schjønsby

The seminar will focus on various forms of writing in the context of artistic research. Through text examples we aim to reflect on different options and challenges typical of texts in the genre.

We will give two short lectures (30 minutes each):

Professor Aslaug Nyrnes:

A topological perspective on writing in artistic research: Between personal notes and academic thesis

Assistant Professor Nina Schjønsby:

Developing a text as a social and critical act

With these lectures as a starting point and throughout the seminar we will discuss principal questions on writing. The focus will be on different genres, the structure of the text, criticality, references and the writer’s voice.

All participants are welcome to submit a text in progress. Notes, abstracts, articles, essays, catalogue texts, reflections, etc. are equally welcome, but the text should not exceed 5 pages. All submitted texts will be read by all participants, and everyone will receive feedback on their writings during the seminar. 

Send the text to

Deadline: November 22, 2017 

Registration form.


Aslaug Nyrnes is professor at the University of Bergen. She defended her doctoral degree on the didactics of the author Ludvig Holberg in 2002, Det didaktiske rommet. Didaktisk topologi i Ludvig Holbergs Moralske Tanker (Universitetet i Bergen, 2002). Her current research focuses on didactics in arts. Her works include “Lighting from the side: rhetoric and artistic research” in Sensuous knowledge: focus on artistic research and development (KHiB, 2006) and a large number of articles.

Nina Schjønsby is an art historian working with text and publishing in the art field. She runs the independent publishing house Tekstbyrået, together with writer and translator Halvor Haugen, and she is also a freelance editor. She teaches at the Art Academy in Oslo, and at the Faculty of Art, Music and Design in Bergen. Schjønsby has contributed to art magazines such as Ekfrase, Rhizome: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, Billedkunst and SITE.

This event is supported by the ASTRA project of the Estonian Academy of Arts – EKA LOOVKÄRG (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).

Posted by Mart Vainre

Teaching for learning – the university perspective: Conference in Tartu (Estonia)

Tuesday 23 January, 2018 — Thursday 25 January, 2018

Learning-centered teaching approaches that can only be achieved through cooperation are a cornerstone of today’s higher education. This conference is dedicated to the development of teaching and learning and deals with issues such as the essence of learning-centered teaching, new teaching tools that support and facilitate quality learning, differences in field-specific teaching, and the role of leadership in ensuring quality teaching and learning. The conference provides opportunities to present results of higher education research and the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as to share best practice experiences with colleagues. Everyone interested in supporting the development of their students and enhancing their teaching in higher education is invited to participate.

Posted by Kristiina Krabi