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New Beauty Council
About the New Beauty Council
Written by Annika Enqvist   
Sunday, 14 December 2008

The citizens of a city might have different opinions of good & bad, beautiful & ugly, fun or boring, but they have one thing in common – the public space. At odds or finding a consensus, the public realm is a stage for constant negotiation. The New Beauty Council investigates concepts like the public, beauty and ugliness, what they consist of and how they can be (re-)defined, and aims to identify and examine the conditions which influence our experience of the city.

The New Beauty Council interacts with some of the institutions and authorities, such as architecture schools and the Department of City Planning that interpret and form a city’s appearance and functions. The New Beauty Council wants to bring into consideration new perspectives on how the public space can be used and look, not through promoting one single point of view, but allowing for new ways of experiencing the public realm and varying concepts of beauty.

The New Beauty Council is an ongoing collaborative initiative that departs from a queer feminist perspective and uses conversations, re-readings, art projects and curatorial methods to analyze the public space, how it can be understood and used. It critically discusses issues of participatory actions, interpretative prerogatives and aesthetics in the field of city planning, art and environment. The aim of its activity is to open up to novel ways of experiencing the public sphere and the plethora of concepts of beauty.

The founding members of The New Beauty Council are, Annika Enqvist, Anna Kharkina, Thérèse Kristiansson and Kristoffer Svenberg.

The New Beauty Council was awarded the SA-prize 2009 for “its valuable contribution to the public discussion on architecture” by the Swedish Association of Architects (Stockholm).
The 2009 jury included Cecilia Sagrén, Thomas Rudin, Anna Frank, Henrik Storm and Ebba Högström.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2012 )
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The Council for Protection of Ecological and Aesthetic Matters
Written by Therese Kristiansson   
Monday, 15 December 2008

The Swedish organisation, which we at the New Beauty Council are both inspired and provoked by, is, Rådet till skydd för Stockholms skönhet. Its formal English name is, The Council for Protection of Ecological and Aesthetic Matters. However, in a direct translation of the Swedish name it simply becomes The Council for the Protection of the Beauty of Stockholm, in short The Beauty Council.

The name indicates that there is a threat to the beauty of Stockholm and that the city needs protection to maintain its aesthetic look. What the Council considers beautiful or what the aesthetic and environmental values of the city are, is never defined, nor is the proposed threat. The New Beauty Council set out to answer these questions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2012 )
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NBC Year 2009’s SA-Prize Winner!
Written by Therese Kristiansson   
Friday, 15 January 2010

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The NBC has been awarded the SA-prize 2009 for “its valuable contribution to the public discussion on architecture” by the Swedish Association of Architects (Stockholm). The 2009 jury includes Cecilia Sagrén, Thomas Rudin, Anna Frank, Henrik Storm and Ebba Högström.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 November 2012 )
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Selected Press
Written by Therese Kristiansson   
Monday, 07 June 2010

Ett hem har många skepnader, Sebastian Johans, UNT, April 2012.

Allas rätt till rummet
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Elisabeth Näslund, Arkitekten, March 2010.

Hur jämställd är arkitekturen? Anders Wilhelmson, Thérèse Kristiansson och Katja Grillner om sexism och könsstereotyper, Anders Rydell, RUM, 02/10.

Kulturguiden
, Anna Ångström, Svenska Dagbladet, 22nd of January 2009.

Personligt engagemang förändrar staden, Benke Carlsson, Fria tidningen, 16th of January 2009.

Osynliga rum: Stadsvandring som performance, Erik Laquist, Dagens Nyheter, 3rd of August 2009. 

New kids on the block,  Louisa Nyström och Jonna Flordal, RUM, 07/09.  

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