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Gunnar Sandin



Gunnar Sandin is associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment.

His research interests include: Visual and material culture studies of architecture and urban development; Participatory practices in art and architecture; Theories of place, land use and urban planning; Human’s right to space; Space theory and the semiotics of space; Critical regional and cultural studies; Intercultural influences in contemporary architecture and city planning; Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics; Arts-based research methods with a cultural analysis approach; Artistic institutional critique and art institutions’ relation to society; Self-positioning in artistic activity; Inter-art studies.

He is director of research studies, and chair of the research staff committee at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, at LTH/LU. He is also chair of the program committee of the Swedish national research school in architecture (ResArc).

Sandin supervises doctoral students in subjects related to architecture, planning and visual arts. And teaches design and architecture theory at graduate and post-graduate level.


Publications (Choice of)


Published articles


Sandin, G. (2015), ”Modes of transgression in institutional critique”, chapter in Transgression: Towards an expanded field of architecture, ed. L. Rice and D. Littlefield, London: Routledge, 217-229


Sandin, G. (2014), ”Temporal Merging of Actantial Models of Space”, in A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology, STS Italia Conference proceedings,, Milano: Politechnico, 185-200.


Sandin, G. (2015), ”Low Enough High-rise”, Lo-Res, 1, Lund: Lo-Res Journal, 152-164.


Sandin, G. (2015), ”Den evolutionära periferin: Arkitektonisk visualisering av affordance i urbana periferier” (Translated into English in the same volume as ”The Evolutionary Periphery. Architectonic visualisation of ’affordance’ in urban peripheires”), in Från Konstnärlig Högskola till Universitet: Konstnärlig forskning–Årsbok 2015. (red. Torbjörn Lind), Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet, 128-148.


Björgvinsson, E. and Sandin, G., (2015), Patients making place. A photography-based intervention about appropriation of hospital spaces. ARCH14 International Conference on Research on Health Care Architecture, conference proceedings, Aalto University publication series ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE 6/2015, Helsinki: Aalto University Publication, 25-42.


Petersson, A., Sandin G. and Liljas Stålhandske, M. (2015), “Room of Silence: an Explorative Investigation of Design Students’ Redesign of an Arena for Reflection and Existential Meaning-Making, in Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying, London: Routledge, Published online 18 Sep 2015,


Sandin, G. (2013), “Democracy on the Margin: Architectural Means of Appropriation in Governmental Alteration of Space”, Architectural Theory Review, vol 18, no. 2, London: Routledge, 234-250.


Sandin, G. (2012), ”The Construct of Emptiness in Augé’s Anthropology of ’Non-places’”. In Toyota J., Hallonsten P. and Shchepetunina M. (eds.) 2012. Sense of Emptiness: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 112-127.


Lawaczeck-Körner, K., Johansson M. and Sandin, G. (2012) A pedestrian-oriented view of the built environment: A Vista Observation Analysis (VOA) of urban form. Environmental Psychology Monographs, no 23, Architecture and Built Environment Faculty of Engineering, Lund University.


Kärrholm, M. & Sandin, G. (2011), ”Waiting Places as Temporal Interstices and Agents of Change”. TRANS, Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, no 18/2011,


Sandin, G. (2009), ”Spatial negotiations. An actant analysis model for the interpretation of land use.” in, LEXIA, Semiotic Journal of CIRCE, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication, no. 3 (Theme: Actants, actors, agents: a comparison between languages and theories of action), University of Torino, 2009, 395-412.


Sandin, G, (2008), ”Keys to heterotopia, An actantial approach to landfills as societal mirrors.” Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, (ed. Pia Bille), 2.2008, Trondheim


Sandin, G., 2005, ”American influences in Architecture – on iconic and indexical ground”, book chapter in 01.AKAD – Experimental research in architecture and design, ed. Katja Grillner, KTH, Stockholm, (reviewed, by invitation)


Published conference proceedings


Sandin, G, (2012), Shift of commmunicational context as a measure of originality, In Culture of communication/Communication of culture – Comunicación de la cultura/Cultura de la comunicación. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS). Pilar Couto Cantero, Gonzalo Enríquez Veloso, Alberta Passeri, José María Paz Gago (eds.), Universidade de Coruña


Ståhl, L-H, & Sandin, G. (2012), Modes of communication in artistic research: on Americanness and Architectural Influence on semiotic grounds. In Culture of communication/Communication of culture – Comunicación de la cultura/Cultura de la comunicación. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS). Pilar Couto Cantero, Gonzalo Enríquez Veloso, Alberta Passeri, José María Paz Gago (eds.), Universidade de Coruña ,1089-1100.


Sandin, G. & Ståhl, L-H. (2011), ”Aesthetic replacement strategies in hospitals,” Proceedings: Ambience11: where art, technology and design meet 2011, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, 69-77.


Ståhl, L-H. & Sandin, G. (2011), Grounds for Cultural Influence: Visual and non-visual presence of Americanness in contemporary Architecture. In Tiziana Migliore (a cura di) Retorica del visibile. Strategie dell’immagine tra significazione e comunicazione. 3. Contributi scelti 5. Riflessi. Collana di Semiotica dell’arte. Roma. Aracne Editrice.


Sandin, G & Ståhl, L-H, (2009), “Building on Iconic ground: Extra-cultural influences in Architecture and Urban Design”, presentation, Nanjing International Symposium on Semiotic Studies, proceedings submitted



Books and Book Chapters


Sandin, G, (2015), “Den evolutionära periferin. Arkitektonisk visualisering av affordance i urbana periferier”. Chapter in Vetenskapsrådets årsbok för konstnärlig forskning, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet


Sandin, G, (2011), ”Confessions on Land: The poetics of hasty mapping”, Chapter in ed. Hellström Reimer, M., Wilson, R., & Green, N., Land Use Poetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture, (Book Chapter).


Sandin, G. (2011). “De övergivna platsernas retorik”, Ord&Bild: Dokument Dokumentär Dokumentation, 5:2010,, Nätverkstan, Göteborg.


Sandin, G. (2011). ”Bedömning av kreativitet. Om kontextens betydelse vid kritikgenomgångar i konstnärlig utbildning.”, Lärande i LTH, Genombrottet blad 16, December 2011


Sandin, G, (2010) Plats, Politik och Poetik, in Konst, Politik och Poetik, Museum of Sketches, Lund.


Sandin, G, (2003), Modalities of Place: on polarisation and exclusion in concepts of place and in site-specific art, dissertation in Architecture, Lund University Library, dissertation