In the workshop of Arkitekturmuseet, the Thorsèn family is building models of how they want their future city to look like. This is their own words on their creations:

Torbjörn Thorsèn, 42:        “I am building the city of the future. It is an entirely car-free environment, driven by boats and bicycles. All the trees are taking care of the sewage; it is the greenery that eats all feces and food waste. Together the houses are becoming a big, living compost.”

Elvin Thorsèn, 5: “I am building houses that are stuck together. The people living in them are supposed to make their way to their neighbors by climbing, hanging in those sticks.”

Lovisa, 2,5: “I like glitter. We live there, and grandmother lives close to us.”

Jennifer, 40: “Either I build row-houses or linked houses, or tenement buildings by the water and green fields. It is important that green areas are inserted in the city. I would like to have pedestrian paths and bike paths. I don’t want to walk out of my house and be on a car road right away. I feel that one can be isolated in villa suburbs, so it is important with natural meeting places. I would like to keep the little town, even if it is a utopia. With the shopping malls people don’t meet on the streets. They take the car, and then they stay in their own backyard without talking to each other.”

Torbjörn

Elvin

Lovisa

Jennifer

Text: Rebecka Gordan Photos: David Relan

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