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Sweden’s Timber Empire. Resource driven colonisation in Baltic Sea region.

Research project An architectural and artistic research project investigating the social and creative processes critically mapping the extent of the Swedish owned forest outside the borders of Sweden.

Since the 1990s there has been an increased procurement of forest lands by Swedish companies in Sweden’s neighbouring countries. Using tar extraction as a mapping and storytelling method, as well as 1:1 scale intervention as spatial articulation, Kokins aims to create a holistic quantitative and qualitative map of the new Sweden’s timber empire in the Baltic Sea region. He will investigate who and what should be included in the mapping process and how practice driven research methods can explore new ways of resource awareness in architecture.

Head of project

Toms Kokins
Lecturer (on leave)

Project overview

Project period:

2023-01-16 2023-12-30

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

UmArts, Umeå School of Architecture

Research area


Project description

Diverse mapping methods and spatial interventions will be used as a method to highlight and question hidden power structures and narratives underlying the global race for resources that often neglects biodiversity and cultural identities in affected territories.

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Latest update: 2023-03-22