UMAN Student Magazine

New issue (nr. 6) out now:



UMAN is a magazine and think tank run by students at Umeå School of Architecture. This years issue is named BEAUTY and is questioning the ideals and opinions surrounding beauty through architecture, design, politics, art and much more. It is a topic not often covered in the architecture school, why we see this journal to be a great forum and starting point for the discussion - what is beauty?

Previous issues:

UMAN issue nr. 5 - "Power"

UMAN No 5 had the theme POWER and during the process of creating the magazine we investigated power in architecture in various ways, from the concept om mancaves, looking into Tantteatern to how deadlines defines creative work.

UMAN issue nr. 3 - "The Standards Issue"

The third issue of UMAN, a magazine initiated by students at Umeå School of Architecture tried to distance itself from the glossy architectural publications made by architects, for architects. We didn't want to aggrandise ourselves or the profession (if there still is one). We want people who think they don't know architecture to read and contribute. The environment we live in is shaped by all of us - architects don't have a monopoly.

The theme of this issue was "standard", maybe because we got tired of our own standards. Not of quality of course, but production methods.

We had made changes in both organisation and production, hopefully resulting in a better magazine and happier editorial staff. Well, the biggest change is that we should not have any standards: the magazine is exactly what you, our contributors, feel it should be, from issue to issue.

But back to "standard"; what is it?
From the Oxford English Dictionary (also a kind of standard):

A level of quality or attainment
Something used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations

Used or accepted as normal or average

Today, large parts of society are standardised, or homogenised, or somehow work with (or occasionally against) standards. This means that we have certain values that we see as "normal". This can be very useful for communication, particularly with ar- chitecture that relies on collaboration.

But standardisation also creates problems, since not all of the world is or should be alike.

Normality can be worrying, or it can be reassuring. It can create complacency, breed contempt and neuter thought. These are things we have to consider. With a stan- dardised world it is easy to just do things, or think, in certain way, just because it is easy, or practised, not because it is right. This is problematic.

And so to work. 

UMAN issue nr. 2 - " 2015"

UMAN issue nr. 1 - " Introduction"