Welfare Panels: Building Systems of the Swedish Million Program Era in an International Context
Exhibitors: Erik Stenberg and Helena Westerlind - School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH
Time: 2018-02-19 to mid-March
Place: Main Hall, Main Library
Time: Mon 2018-02-19
Location: Bibliotekshallen, KTH Biblioteket
What were the ideas behind Sweden’s extensive Million Program areas, and what kind of housing policy is required today for the suburbs of the future? Welfare Panels draws on architect Erik Stenberg’s (School of Architecture and the Built Environment at KTH) many years of research about the history of the Million Program Era. The exhibition comprises both architectural models and archive material. Three Swedish pre-fabricated concrete panel systems, similar to giant Lego pieces, that were used for the Million Program are analyzed together with Helena Westerlind (PhD student at School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH).
The exhibition also touches on the acclaimed research of the architects and designers Pedro Ignacio Alonso, José Hernández and Hugo Palmarola (Santiago) regarding the pre-fabricated buildings. Their study shows how, during the 1950s, systems for pre-fabricated concrete panels were developed in one country and then ended up in other countries with radically different living and production conditions.