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Grey Grierson

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Reconstructing Kiruna


Located in northern Sweden, 140km north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna is being simultaneously destroyed and rebuilt to enable the continued extraction of iron ore. As a result, a third of the population must relocate. Buildings by some of Sweden’s greatest architects, along with housing blocks and streetscapes will disappear forever.This project proposes an experimental masterplan model that alters Kiruna’s problematic dependence on mining through the use of replication and reconstruction. Fragments of ephemeral spaces, events and fictions form the basis for museums, filmsets and neighbourhoods, each concerned with prototyping and enacting future worlds. The process of reconstruction is considered as a generative design tool that informs the architecture. Destroyed apartments that exist only in single archival images become staged in public dioramas. Precise 3D scans of family gatherings are materialised from cast iron. This exchange develops new performances from events that otherwise would have been forgotten, forming new ideas about what it means to preserve and remember.


Kiruna, Sweden



 Grey Grierson

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