Aiming for democratic architecture

Aiming for democratic architecture is an exhibition and workshop format that shows – through texts and moving images – 34 spaces from all over Sweden, in different scales, with different functions and underlying values.  The aim is to deepen the understanding of public space, show good architectural solutions and, most importantly, function as a starting-point for discussions.

The exhibition is designed to support and behave similar to the content. With small but influential means such as carpets, a ’shoe off’ border and a low, horizontal arrangement of screens and posters, it proposes an embodied experience of the subjects at stake.

The project was initiated by the Swedish Institute and Architects Sweden in order to put architecture and democratic values at the chore of the ongoing debate about public space.

Please note that the texts and films may not be used in any other context than the exhibition due to legal rights.

Building blocks

Exhibition catalog
Exhibition catalog
Available in digital format for local production and can also be ordered in printed version via Architects Sweden. Please contact the SI if you wish to produce a local language version.

Exhibition texts
Texts in the exhibition (coming soon)
Texts in the exhibition for translations (coming soon)

Exhibition films
Each chapter (6) comes with a film package that are available for download at Vimeo. The films are text free and don´t need translation. Please contact the SI for links and passwords.

A soundtrack 
for the exhibition room to be broadcasted as general sound of the venue during exhibition.

Press image
Press image


The exhibition is to be shown using the exhibition module, one standing (the introduction module) and the others horizontal, to create an available, open and social space. A “shoes off” border, carpets and chairs/stools make up the foundation of the exhibition design.

Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the exhibition, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images and fillms.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Jenny Bergström.

Participating projects and offices

Ahrbom & Partner , Block-by-Block Foundation,  Codesign, Dana Arkitektur , Disorder, Färgfabriken, Göteborg stad – Jubileumsparken , Kista bibliotek,  Knivstabostäder, Kjellander Sjöberg, Kod Arkitekter , KTH School of Architecture , Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Link arkitektur, Mandaworks,

Marge Arkitekter, Minecraft , Murman Arkitekter , MYCKET, Nivå landskapsarkitektur , Okidoki! Arkitekter, Sida, Spridd, Statens konstråd (Artists: Cirugeda and Cherinet), Erik Stenberg, Stockholm stad, Sweco Architects, Tengbom, Tyréns , UN-Habitat,  Urbio, Wahlström & Steijner, Wester & Elsner , White, Wingårdhs, Örebro kommun

Each actor has produced and owns the rights to the exhibited films.