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Erika Henriksson

Gregus Gate 11a, 7067 Trondheim, Norway
Erika Henriksson is an architect and PhD-candidate in practice-based research at NTNU, Trondheim. She has a master degree in architecture from Umeå School of Architecture. In her master thesis she worked with spatial transformations inside one of the asylum homes in Umeå, together with some of the youths living there. She has also spent one year at the design build studio: Rural Studios, US, Alabama as a post graduate student, where she were part of the 20K project

Architherapy


Architecture as medium to explore oneself and the world

Architherapy


Architecture as medium to explore oneself and the world
I envision architecture as an inquiry of life itself.

The vision of architeraphy is part of an ongoing research project, it is practice based and conducted through a phenomenological approach that seeks to illuminate and explore correlations between the mental and material world.

Architecture is about shaping the world we live in. Yet, it seems to me that it’s more becoming a speculative commodity made with a distant interest in the actual lives inhabiting the space it occupies. Around me I see a societal formation that is eroding social relations, impoverishing natural resources and that contaminate peoples attitude, sensibility and mind. The way we are inhabitation the world is becoming a threat to our mental and physical wellbeing on this planet. (ref Guattari)
I believe that we need to cultivate practices of spatial making that deal with the making itself as a process of trying out reflections of being in this world. At the same time, we need to find ways to include other voices then those most often heard and seen.


The research emanate from one architectural project that is built up around the transformation of an abandoned building. Since January 2015, me, and residents at a rehabilitation clinic have worked together in a process that uses the building project as a medium to explore oneself and the world around.

The process is documented through objects, images, and video- and sound recordings.

-Can you tell what you find most important with this project…how you regard it?
-That I participate in something. That I can participate in something. That have inspired me enormously

While you are building a foundation, you are thinking that you are building a foundation in yourself, at the same time. (Stefan)

Psychology, it is like material psychology….in some way it is like instead of it being psychology in the brain, its in materials. They are dead things, but they become alive in some way.
….they become alive in your hands, and in you, they become a part of the brain while you are working…you feel the stones and the concrete and it gives something in the soul, that goes up to the brain. (Kim)

Architherapy


Architecture as medium to explore oneself and the world

Architherapy


Architecture as medium to explore oneself and the world
I envision architecture as an inquiry of life itself.

The vision of architeraphy is part of an ongoing research project, it is practice based and conducted through a phenomenological approach that seeks to illuminate and explore correlations between the mental and material world.

Architecture is about shaping the world we live in. Yet, it seems to me that it’s more becoming a speculative commodity made with a distant interest in the actual lives inhabiting the space it occupies. Around me I see a societal formation that is eroding social relations, impoverishing natural resources and that contaminate peoples attitude, sensibility and mind. The way we are inhabitation the world is becoming a threat to our mental and physical wellbeing on this planet. (ref Guattari)
I believe that we need to cultivate practices of spatial making that deal with the making itself as a process of trying out reflections of being in this world. At the same time, we need to find ways to include other voices then those most often heard and seen.


The research emanate from one architectural project that is built up around the transformation of an abandoned building. Since January 2015, me, and residents at a rehabilitation clinic have worked together in a process that uses the building project as a medium to explore oneself and the world around.

The process is documented through objects, images, and video- and sound recordings.

-Can you tell what you find most important with this project…how you regard it?
-That I participate in something. That I can participate in something. That have inspired me enormously

While you are building a foundation, you are thinking that you are building a foundation in yourself, at the same time. (Stefan)

Psychology, it is like material psychology….in some way it is like instead of it being psychology in the brain, its in materials. They are dead things, but they become alive in some way.
….they become alive in your hands, and in you, they become a part of the brain while you are working…you feel the stones and the concrete and it gives something in the soul, that goes up to the brain. (Kim)


Idea by

Erika Henriksson
Gregus Gate 11a
7067 Trondheim
Norway
Erika Henriksson is an architect and PhD-candidate in practice-based research at NTNU, Trondheim. She has a master degree in architecture from Umeå School of Architecture. In her master thesis she worked with spatial transformations inside one of the asylum homes in Umeå, together with some of the youths living there. She has also spent one year at the design build studio: Rural Studios, US, Alabama as a post graduate student, where she were part of the 20K project