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New issue (nr. 6) out
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?
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
The theme of this issue was "standard", maybe because we
got tired of our own standards. Not of quality of course, but
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
A level of quality or attainment
Something used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative
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
And so to work.
UMAN issue nr. 2 - " 2015"
UMAN issue nr. 1 - " Introduction"