The Swedish Museum of Architecture
The Shaggy City
An exploration - an exhibition - a publication - a method
Every city is a multitude of stories and the most important chapters are written by the citizens themselves. The project “The Shaggy city” started of as a reflection around the interaction between architecture and the personal experience of a cityscape. Tactility, memory, playfulness…
”The Shaggy City” gave children and young people the possibility to reflect on their personal needs, experiences and ideas about their city. Since an interdisciplinary toolbox is required to build a sustainable future, “The Shaggy City” aimed to harvest the creativity of the children and show them a multitude of possibilities for further development. “The Shaggy City” worked closely with the schools involved and also gave special classes for teachers in how to find new ways into old houses.
“The Shaggy City” was an educational project meant to help broaden one’s perception of cities. Playful questions about urbanity worked as the basis for dialogue and workshops. What is it that forms your memories of the city? What are your urban habits, shortcuts and favorite places? What are the sounds and noises you hear and what does the city smell like? Workshops have been held at The World Expo 2010 Shanghai and as part of the 2010 Stockholm Culture Festival.
In the autumn of 2010 The Shaggy City was exhibited at The Swedish Museum of Architecture; featuring street art, playful expressions of interior geographies, architectonic language, workshops and upside-down perspectives. The exhibition was made in collaboration with invited artists, educators, photographers and children from various countries. The Shaggy city is for everyone - children, architects and city planners alike. The project website www.denludnastaden.se is available in Swedish and English. It features a toolbox for urban explorers and images of urban culture.
Children were given the possibility to reflect on their personal needs, experiences and ideas about their city. Thus creating a personal base for interpreting architecture as well as providing them with tools for interlinking architecture with the social infrastructure,
history, economic systems and aestethics of the urban environment.