“Beyond Oil – Shanghai”

Posted on June 4, 2008


The School of Architecture at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm is a forum for post-graduate education in architecture and urban studies. The school dates back to the end of the 18th century and is the oldest institution for architectural studies in Sweden. Today, the school concerns itself with current issues relevant for the general public and investigates how these are connected to an architectural and urban discourse. It provides one-year courses and one of these courses deals with RESOURCES.

The course that started in September 2007 had the theme “Beyond Oil – Shanghai” and the 18 students were architects, urban planners, landscape architects, and a cinematographer, a designer, a graphic designer and a industrial designer. They have been working for one year with the project.

I was honored to be invited to gave the opening lecture about Peak Oil, and after the lecture the students were quite depressed when they thought about the future to come. They were encouraged to look at Peak Oil as an opportunity and in the “SYN CITY” study they use Peak Oil as an opportunity. Today was a workshop and discussions about the project. It was a great afternoon.

The student report of “Beyond Oil – Shanghai” is now published by ASPO International and can now be downloaded from www.peakoil.net.

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