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Animal Highway

December 18, 2018

We always regard us as the Creator to make many infrastructures which are convenient for our life, even arbitrarily determined the life and death of other species. This booklet starts from animals to explore the issues about gender, vulnerabilities, instruments, love, affects, maintenance and care of animal highway. Although people have already decided to do somethings for animals, the premise of all this is after people have met their material needs and these attempts would not affect people’s normal life. From this point, I chose different kinds of animal highways as my cases to explore their influences for animals’ life. And then I gave some of my opinions about the significance and rationality of these animal highways’ existence and how to deal with the relationship between people and animals. How to develop these infrastructures in the future? How can we take care of these infrastructures and so on. Maybe I can’t answer all of these questions yet, but this booklet can let us see ourselves again and don’t see this world from the god view any more.

Animal Highway-Minye

Minye Zhang

Paving – Architecture, Infrastructure and Gender

December 17, 2018

In this booklet, I look into types of paving, their reasons for use and the potential problems they cause for accessibility in cities. As something that every city dweller interacts with on a daily basis, the importance of it is often overlooked, which is why I chose to investigate it.

 

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Sahar-Fatema Mohamedali

Fitting room – as an infrastructure

December 17, 2018

In this course, I have the opportunity to study the fitting room as an infrastructure, study it from the aspect of a part of architecture in the framework of infrastructure.

The fitting room is a basic kind of infrastructure of commercial center nowadays and it has a vital influence on the customers’ shopping experience. Given the complexity and diversity of the clothing stores, it is easier to understand the fitting rooms by classifying them into different categories.

Fitting rooms are consist of a series of components and influenced by them in different ways and aspects, also are connected with numbers of same units. Like other infrastructure, fitting rooms shall be plural form as well.

As a part of a clothing store, the fitting room always exist in the architecture. We can say that the architecture provides the fitting room constant maintenance and care. It is hard to image a fitting room that is not in an architecture, because it can not fulfill its basic function.

Jin Gu

Fitting room booklet

The Drone Port

December 17, 2018

In this written work, I will investigate the hypothetical relationship between the unbuilt Redline drone infrastructure in Africa and its Drone Ports, in particular how it could affect the communities involved with this new infrastructure.
Please find the PDF booklet attached below.

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Henrik Holte

Cyling System

December 16, 2018

From Cycling system senminarmy point of view, bicycle itself is a symbol of feminism. People like to define words as they see fit. Feminine could mean racing suit and feminine can also be dresses and heels, depending on the person. I think it can be useful for women and men to reclaim the obsolete assumptions of certain labels such as feminine and masculine. Women can look like any gender on a bike if they like to and feel no less powerful, even they dress a skirt on a high-framed road bike.

Jiameng Li

Escalators of Västra Skogen

December 15, 2018

My chosen infrastructure are escalators. Escalators seem like a very mundane thing in our lives, you come across them every so often when out and about in the city, in a shopping mall you have a particularly hard time avoiding them. You are sure to see them in the subway stations and even in less likely places like in a theatre or art exhibition building. Although I use them nearly daily, I realise I have rarely given them that much thought. That’s why I have chosen to take a closer look at what this strange but familiar infrastructure is and what more can I learn about it.

At first though escalators seem like a very strict and standard. Escalators are essentially electric stairs that similarly to regular stairs help you move vertically in as space from place A to place B. The specialty in escalator being that instead of physically climbing up the steps you only need to put in the minimum effort of standing in one place until you reach the level where you step off. Regular stairs can be too much of a physical challenge for some people but having an escalator allows for more walking people to use a stair-like vertical transport.

My case study is the three 66m long escalators at the Västra Skogen underground station. The station is a dividing point for the blue line, from there on away from the central Stockholm it branches out to two directions Akalla and Hjulsta. This means that there are two tracks coming to the station heading toward central Stockholm, the tracks unite after leaving the station, that share one platform and one line coming from central Stockholm, which in turn divides after the station, that has its own platform.

Västra skogen station is an subterranean indoor station and the transportation at the station is handled in two ways. You can either choose to take the escalators up or take the elevators. As the vertical rise from the platform to street level is so high there is no option of stairs. The station has an indoor bridge structure at both ends of each platform that connects them. One of these bridges is in the back end of the platforms near the elevators, and the other in the front with access to the escalators. On that front bridge you have access to three escalators. First of them is always going down from the street level the middle one is usually not in use but if it is its usually going up and lastly the third escalator that is always going up. This system should mean that there are always at least two escalators in motion at all times. One going up, one going down, but unfortunately this is not always the case. This is a notion I will come back to later in the booklet.

In this booklet I will be discussion to whom the option of the use of escalators is available and who is excluded, and what could be the alternative ways to form escalators for physically impaired people.

Heidi Jokinen

Guidance and way finding system

December 15, 2018

My infrastructural case study is signage and way finding system in the city, The signage and way finding system consists of an identification system and a guidance system, which often appear together in a highly fused manner. The signage and guidance system can connect people in urban complex traffic with public transportation space. It is a powerful information support in the urban public environment, and it is especially important to improve people’s multi-directional discrimination.

The signage and way finding system affects us a lot, but there is still some improvement to make, for example, public building directional signs must take into account the different needs of various user groups, not only to meet the needs of normal users, but also to consider the use of vulnerable groups in special circumstances.

Mengying

GUIDANCE AND WAY FINDING SYSTEM

Lighting the differences

December 14, 2018

The lighting infrastructure is part of cities everyday life. We almost do not realize when we have it but we are always aware when we do not. It has always been an issue to study, due to the efficiency, the esthetic and the architectural power it has. Both in the public and the private sector, light is a phenomenon we always look for. Since the begging of the times, it is a powerful tool that human has created to control nature. First it was with fire, later with electricity. On the other hand, darkness has been the thing to avoid, but not always for everyone. The fact that we as humans can control de light means that we also have the power of choosing when and where should be dark. Dark to hide the bad side, the bad behaviours, as the concept “darkside” explains itself. Therefore, at the end, it is all about controlling the differences, framing the social issues and dividing two sides.

This study case about the lighting infrastructure takes as example a square in the well known city of Barcelona, where I used to live for many years. The Plaça de la Mercè is a perfect example to show how light can be very exclusive and how it can create different spaces in the same square. The cultural and social context also needs to be study in this case, regarding inequalities in comparison with Stockholm, and how the city responds in different ways due to that.

Infrastructural Care Booklet

_Lucia Olavarri Casado

Where we meet- Isa Draiby

December 14, 2018

In this booklet I write about the square as an infrastructure of public space. I base my speculations and discussions on the readings, my own experience and idea of the public space in mainly Sweden and Denmark, influenced by the feminist debate currently taking place in social media.

While responding to the different themes I discuss both the function of the square and the square as a democratic space, political platform, where gender and social norms are important subjects. I look at public spaces of different nature that we share in different ways, and that it both includes and excludes.

Where we meet-isa draiby

Public Toilets

December 13, 2018

Infrastructure is taken for granted for so lang time that we do not think about it.

The study case for this project is about public toolet in Stockholm. It is about the mutual ways how society treats people and how people reshape society by infrastructure.

While responding to the tasks of every week, I found coherence throughout my texts in: gender, mutual influence. This booklet is about what I consider public toilet in many different ways.

Xiaowei Wei

Public Toilets