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Tomas Wikström Architect, Ph D, Professor
Year of birth: 1949
Mobile: +46 708 175582
From 1 July 2010 I am a visiting professor at Urban Studies, Malmö University. Urban Studies is a new department at a fairly new university and my primary task is to help prepare the application to Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) for the permission to manage courses on master and doctorate levels. In May 2012, the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education granted Malmö University the right to award doctoral degrees in the research area Migration, urbanisation and societal change (MUSA).
Until 2010 I was a researcher and a teacher at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The last few years, my teaching involved lectures in selected courses, the course Theories of Architecture, the tutoring of diploma studies and the supervision of doctoral students. At Malmö University, my main task is to develop the education on Ph D level. In spring 2013, I am one of the leaders of the new introduction course for MUSA Ph D candidates (together with professor Björn Fryklund, IMER).
Whereas my early research mostly concerned practical (planning- and participation-related) problems within the field of housing modernization, the later work contributes to a theoretical discussion about space, place, public space, local contexts, everyday life, virtuality etc. Still, my theoretical work is rooted in research activities concerning the everyday experience of work and home life, in relation to architecture and new communication media.
Lately, my research to a greater extent concerns public space as seen in the “traditional” city as well as in the "new" urban landscape. Two recently finished research projects offered inspiring contexts for this development: Agora — Cities for People and The Potential of Public Space to Transgress the Boundaries of the Segregated City. I take a great interest in mobilities — as a crucial precondition for urban public life and especially the tactics of movement that allow people a certain freedom even within strictly organised spatial structures — e.g. by taking shortcuts.
Currently, I am involved in a new project, The Responsive City. I am also developing new ideas regarding mobile communities in public space.
Ubiquitous computing and social media
Lite tillspetsat i journalistisk anda – men mina tankar kring spår och markerngar på stadens väggar som uttryck för konkret demokrati presenteras bland nyheterna på Malmö högskolas webbplats.
In Swedish only: News about my thoughts on "the responsive city" on the Malmö University website.
A subtle revolution
Some thoughts about video calling going mobile: video interaction phase three.
Du har rätt att sätta spår!
"Det offentliga rummet. Ett begrepp som stöts och blöts. Men vad är det egentligen för rum som är offentligt? Och vad innehåller det? Vad är det som får ta plats och vilken plats tar det? " I den första artikeln av tre i Malmö fria tidning är det jag som intervjuas av Danina Mahmutovic, frilansjournalist som studerar journalistik på Skurups folkhögskola.
San Francisco work and leisure
15-17 December 2009 I visited San Francisco and, more precisely, the Mission where my sister lives. Apart from just being a tourist, I spent quite a lot of time taking pictures of all the varieties of markings that are so abundant in the Mission district. I documented everything from large and permanent murals (if that is the right word for paintings on wood sometimes covering whole buildings) to hasty and short-lived drawings. I also found types that were completely new for me. The Mission really has walls that talks — the responsivity of its streets is almost too much. More about this later on!
K-märkning av / national monument protection of GRAFFITI
Ett seminarium om graffiti, fysisk planering