What is Arkitekturupproret?
Arkitekturupprororet (roughly translated “The Architectural Rebellion”) is a people’s movement against modernism/neo-modernism and the continued uglification of our cities. It started in 2014 as a Swedish Facebook group which now has over 23,000 followers, plus many thousands more in our theme groups and Nordic sister groups. In 2016 Arkitekturupproret became a registered NGO.
We want to see more of timeless beauty, sensitivity, and imagination in our built environments; and fewer brutalist boxes, otherworldly parasites and similar monstrosities. According to studies, more than 75% of the people prefer traditional architecture and what roughly equates to New Urban city planning ideals. We want this percentage to be reflected in what is being built, instead of the 99% neo-modernism being built today.
Who We Are
Our team, board, members, and followers include people of all backgrounds, ages, professions, and political views – united by our passion for beautiful architecture, human-friendly city planning, and conservation of what is left our cultural heritage after the great self-destruction of our city centers in the 1950s and -60s.
How We Work
We strive to achieve our vision by:
- creating public debate about our built environment and challenging the prevailing neo-modernist “taste monopoly”;
- providing virtual spaces in social media for “ordinary people” to voice their opinions on contemporary architecture; share information and engage in activism;
- highlighting examples of inspiring new buildings from other countries;
- issuing an annual Swedish equivalent of the Carbuncle Cup for ugliest new building;
- issuing an annual prize for most beautiful new building – if a worthy winner can be found;
- initiate or support local activism against demolition or distortion of buildings of cultural value or beauty, and against brutally clashing neo-modernism in sensitive historical areas;
- networking with classical architects, city planners, artisans, consultants, writers; researchers, conservationist organisations, and others who share our vision;
- giving lectures and interviews, participating in conferences and public debates;
- writing and translating articles, reviewing books, and more.