Eric Norin on how the Architecture Uprising Movement is Changing the Political Landscape in Sweden | The Cave of Apelles

As the Vice President of the Swedish Architecture Uprising (Arkitekturupproret), Eric Norin is a strong proponent of humane and harmonious architecture and city planning, and has appeared in numerous debates on architecture in Swedish media.
Norin works as a professional architect within the classical tradition, and runs his own architecture firm Tradition Arkitekter, specializing in new classical production and renovation.
He argues that city planning is a democratic matter and that we must start developing greater democratic basis for what is being built.
Surveys clearly show that people generally prefer classical and beautiful buildings, and Norin stresses that people ought to act according to their architectural preferences: Buy new classical houses and visit stores in classical buildings!
As social media has made the architecture debate more open, are we witnessing the fall of the modernist hegemony?

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Chapter markers:
01:47 Norin’s path to becoming a classical architect
06:28 Self-learning at The Royal Academy
12:33 Founding The Architecture Uprising (Arkitekturupproret)
17:33 Key to success: before and after pictures
23:44 INTBAU education of classical architects
27:10 “True” architecture is ugly architecture
29:58 The definition of “classical architecture”
38:18 “Modern” vs “modernism”
46:33 How classical architecture strives towards nature
54:40 The patterns of history
59:33 A “rational” approach vs diversity
1:06:34 The Architecture Uprising is impacting politics
1:10:11 Everybody wants to live in Disney Land
1:15:26 Notre Dame fire: a gift to classical crafts
1:17:38 Eric Norin’s greatest fear
1:23:33 Three sustainability-arguments for classical architecture

This episode featured Eric Norin & Carl Korsnes and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a photograph of a street in Sundsvall, Sweden.


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"