Helena Mattsson is Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at KTH School of Architecture. She is the co-editor of Swedish Modernism: Architecture, Consumption, and the Welfare State and the forthcoming Neoliberalism on the Ground: Architecture and transformation from the 1960s to the present. She is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Architecture.
Title of the lecture:
Transforming Welfare: Architecture, politics, and neoliberalization
Today’s social and political landscape of welfare is in a drastic period of transition, with right-wing politics, flows of migrations, violent deregulations and market reforms, and a housing market to a large extent built upon financial investments and turnovers. The role architecture and spatial practices play in this landscape of welfare have radically changed, with the separation between spatial dimensions and the administrative state apparatus. This shift calls for new conceptualizations of architecture as a discipline and how it operates.