Visiting Sweden
14 – 21 JUNE


Following the successful experience of the Summer School in Porto and the Visiting Schools in Mexico City and Versailles, Porto Academy aims now for a new Visiting School entitled 'Visiting Sweden' that will take place in Stockholm and in Växjö, in the Småland region of Sweden. It will be focused on studying and interpreting the tradition of the local industry of the prefabrication of wood houses and how this has been an influence for the architecture of today, but also to speculate about its future.
The program will make an introduction to Swedish culture with visits to important architectural references in Stockholm and the research of historical examples of the Småland region, and other examples from other cities or countries where participants are coming from. The program will take the study cases given by the local industry, its technology advances and industrial offer to enable a new design of prefab houses.
Porto Academy Visiting School program consists in a weeklong workshop studio with lectures, study trips, critiques, exhibition sets and production of editorial content. Each Workshop Leader is responsible for the academic program of the studio under the thematic given by the purpose of the Visiting School.



ArkDes is Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. It is a museum, a study centre and an arena for debate and discussion about the future of architecture, design and citizenship. Our mission is to increase knowledge of and cultivate debate about how architecture and design affect our lives as citizens. Sweden is in the middle of an unprecedented building boom, one that will define its towns and cities for decades to come. The work of ArkDes aims to influence this change through debate, exhibitions, campaigns and research relating to Swedish and international architecture and design. We aim to put the citizens at the centre of the debate and look at the world through their eyes. ArkDes aims to achieve its mission through exhibitions, events and debates at the museum and across the country, through our education programmes, and through making our world class collection and library available to researchers and scholars. We also take part in a variety of international curatorial and research projects and networks. As well as its museum functions, ArkDes has a special role from the government that aims to help positively affect architectural quality in Sweden. This is known as ArkDes Think Tank – a meeting place for debate and research about architecture and urbanism in Sweden. ArkDes is an active collecting institution, focussed on Swedish modern and contemporary architecture, and maintains, catalogues, conserves and exhibits a collection of around 4 million objects.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge.

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Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University is located in Växjö and Kalmar and offers over 200 degree programmes and 1500 single-subject courses. You can study different subjects within arts and humanities, health and life sciences, the social sciences, the natural sciences, technology, and business and economics. There are also a number of different contract educations, like the headmaster training and police education. Research at Linnaeus University is of high quality, nationally as well as internationally, and covers a wide range of disciplines. Particularly prominent is the research carried out within our cutting-edge research environments – our Linnaeus University Centres. Within these centres, everything from ecology and evolution to discrimination and integration, postcolonialism, intermediality, bioscience, and big data is being studied. With 2,100 employees and more than 44,000 students we strive to be a modern university, with Småland as our base and the world as our stage. To study and work at Linnaeus University means being part of an environment characterised by knowledge and development. Students acquire new knowledge and learn to have a critical approach and researchers make discoveries that can change our society. Employees talk of a work place with both challenges and opportunities and that Linnaeus University is a university where knowledge grows. Together we set knowledge in motion for a sustainable societal development.

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Smart Housing Småland

Smart Housing Småland is an innovation arena for habitats in glass and wood that contribute to increased innovation and competitiveness in the industries for industrial production of wooden houses and further processing of flat glass. In 2013, we became one of the winners in a competition called Vinnväxt, arranged by the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova, and were granted ten years of funding with the goal of establishing a nationally and internationally strong and attractive innovation environment. During the first two phases of the initiative since 2013, the environment has increased its knowledge established itself locally, regionally and nationally. At the turn of the year 2019/2020, the third and final phase of the Vinnova funding began, and in this phase, Smart Housing Småland will be an innovation arena for habitats in glass and wood, with the specializations Habitats and Technology. Habitats make it possible to address more than just construction and housing. This also means other types of buildings than residential buildings together with the living environment; not only areas between houses, but also functions and services that create the housing of the future. Technology makes it possible to address materials, products and processes needed to construct and build a house, from idea to management, i.e. all steps in the construction process, user phase, demolition and recycling. During phase 3, Smart Housing Småland will also prepare for continued operations in regional collaboration together with the regions, municipalities and the business without the support of Vinnova.

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