Publisher: Secretary, Authors: Helen Runting, Karin Matz, Rutger Sjögrim, ISBN: 9789151989464, Format: Hardback, 396pp, 300x240mm, Year published: 2021
What (the hell) is contemporary Swedish residential architecture doing, amidst the foggy conditions of a late-capitalist, twenty-first century Welfare State, with a view to its construction booms and housing shortages? What are the demands that this architecture answers to, and what problems of its own might it be wrestling with? What forms of life does it dream of accommodating and which does it normalize, naturalize, or exclude?
14,495 Flats: A Metabolist’s Guide to New Stockholm examines the multi-unit housing approved at the height of a recent building boom (2017) in the midst of an ongoing housing shortage in the 26 municipalities that make up the Stockholm region.
The book includes an archive of plans from 156 projects in the Stockholm region, presenting over 600 original planning permit drawings for 337 buildings. It is a must for all architects, planners, developers, and other actors working within the housing sector, as well as students and scholars of residential architecture.