EASA Lectures 2017

September, 2017

Talk by Gro Sarauw at the European Architecture School Assembly.

Gro Sarauw has been invited to speak about her role as an artist, architect, and organiser of a union for young artists, curators and critics in Denmark.

In moments of wishful collective thinking, we speak of deep space and time, but we are not able to act in depth of spectres of these crises. We may be able to visualise and describe in words what global crises call for, as is evident in much contemporary art that must, in order to be contemporary, capture this moment - as these crises are the only things that matter - as if the multiple global crises is being unified to one single universal art project.

Alongside presenting her role working with THE WINTER OFFICE Gro Sarauw’s paper/presentation also speaks of her ongoing artistic research seeking to redefine our approach to contemporary art and the way that knowledge is distributed, by examining ongoing practices in which technological articulation and thinking holds a progressive — if not revolutionary potential. As a result of this research, conducted particularly during a time when arguably we are facing the ‘end of the art school’ as we know it, she proposes an alternative ‘art school’: a ‘re-engineered’ version.

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July, 2017

PhD Dissertation (doctoral thesis), Camilo Andrés Montoya Pardo.

TWO is pleased to announce that Camilo A. Montoya Pardo received his PhD from UCM in Madrid, Spain on the study of urban planning and citizen participation policy in three major European cities. This thesis was submitted in Spanish. Below the image is an English abstract introducing his doctoral research.

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June, 2017

Talk by Hugo Hopping at Aalto University in Lahti and Helsinki.

The talk was presented at The XIIth IIAA International Summer Conference on Environmental Aesthetics organized in Collaboration with the Department of Built Environment, Aalto University in Lahti and Helsinki.

This presentation argued that city ordinances against dwelling in public space (i.e. loitering laws) historically, and recently, have enabled the use of (North American) cities for a select few, and of course, not allowing new urban dwelling imaginations to form. Examining how anti-loitering laws visualize human beings as "polluting bodies" and how these negative visualizations pragmatically and preemptively reject physical-humanistic discourses for the use of space. The paper further argued that understanding planned dwelling as a philosophical tool for developing public space, could lead to new and more inclusive spatial regeneration - for the built environment - and especially as a tool to help shape the use of a post-knowledge economy through warming world design.

Image: “New York 1888. A group of men loiter in an alley off Mulberry Street known as “Bandits’ Roost.” by Jacob A. Riis. From the book “How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York.” Jacob A. Riis. 1890.

Akademisk Arkitektforening

October, 2016

Gro Sarauw and architect Anne Romme at Akademisk Arkitektforening.

Gro Sarauw in conversation with architect Anne Romme will talk about how to practice unconventionally, both as an artist or architect, through teaching or organising; and through a combination of these roles when designing buildings. The talk's focus will be on making up your own practice while looking at architecture from the 'outside', whether this means shifting from architecture to art, and/or allowing art to push architecture in new directions.

In addition, she will speak about directing a union for young artists, curators and critics in Denmark (UKK). Which is a union supporting an emerging and self-organized culture of young artists and entrepreneurs and the challanges it faces in a world where technology dominates social interactions (or as it enters the lives of its creative members quietly and intensely) through various forces. With this and mind, Sarauw will discuss how to access new configurations of collectivity and how this relates to what it means and how it works to 'practice' today.

Kvindeligt Forum is a forum focusing on the work by women in architecture in Denmark and beyond.


August, 2013

TWO was recently featured by WONDERLAND in their summer exhibition in Vienna.
“BEST PROJECTS” search and selection.

WONDERLAND’S wonderlab, is an urban research laboratory dedicated to the social relevance of architecture and urbanism. In this frame 30 Best Projects from 14 countries were selected out of 90 international entries. Currently they were exhibited this summer at the Arkitekturzentrum (Az W) in Vienna as an archive of current tendencies and contemporary approaches in participative urban planning and architecture. Furthermore, Wonderlab is a large-scale event aimed at promoting intensive discourse. It is an opportunity to involve a broad public in urbanism and architecture.

The project will tour Europe with Berlin (DAZ) and Kiev (CANACTIONS) as the next stops in 2014.

Supported by European Cultural Fund (ECF), Az W, bmukk, Arch+Ing, ÖBB, City of Vienna, Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands.


April, 2012


Three Danish architectural firms: Praksis Arkitekter, Arkitekt MAA Claus Harboesgaard Pryds and THE WINTER OFFICE have been selected to represent Denmark in an international exchange program called New Architects DK_UK 2012, which has been developed by The Architecture Foundation in London and in collaboration with the Danish Architectural Center (DAC) in Copenhagen.

This program has been created to develop mutual knowledge and learning exchanges and promote young architects between Denmark and Great Britain.

“The selected architects are in the jury’s opinion all excellent young professionals. They have each in their own way demonstrated that they master the complexity that lies within the architectural profession: The creation of visionary proposals, actual construction work with deep attention to detail, tectonics and texture, global outlook and a true problem-oriented approach. The jury is confident that the selected participants will be able to benefit from the opportunity to meet each other and their British peers and not the least contribute to the overall output of the project with their undisputed excellence,” so reads the jury’s reasons for selecting the three architectural firms.

On Judging
Local Press
On a Radio Program

January, 2011

Awarded 1st Place in Professional Competition.

This housing project 'Growing Together' won first place in the international competition DAtE (Design Against the Elements) that proposes a sustainable and disaster-resilient master plan for low-cost housing in the Philippines. The project consists of 234 housing units, including a daycare center and community center, for Quezon City (which is a city in Metro Manila and part of the National Capital Region). The design for this new residential area targeted previously displaced families and individuals who had suffered massive home loses (due to the flooding and destruction unleashed by Typhoon Ondoy) in September 2009.

The community design and housing proposal "Growing Together" was developed in collaboration with architects Henrik Bisp (Denmark), Morten Zoffmann Knudsen (Denmark), and visual artist Hugo Hopping (USA), and the design team was co-led by, Arch. Anett Grønnern Olsen (Norway) and Arch. Johanna Ferrer Guldager (Denmark) as a project of THE WINTER OFFICE.