The Book!

9 Jul

The scibe research project was officially finished in June 2013, but the cooperation we have established through scibe-Reykjavík is bearing fruit.

A book is coming out with contributions, text and images, from a crowd of more than 60 people.

Thanks for a great input everybody!



Order a book here and, join the fan page on facebook

For more information,please contact April Architects on


Book concept:
April Arkitekter

Editorial director:
Arna Mathiesen

Giambattista Zaccariotto
Thomas Forget

Text editor:
Philippa Thomson

Book Design:
Arna Mathiesen
Brynja Baldursdóttir
Giambattista Zaccariotto

Authors of articles:
Valur Antonsson, Bryndís Björnsdóttir, Margrét H. Blöndal, Lúðvík Elíasson, Thomas Forget, Emanuel Giannotti, Tinna Grétarsdóttir, Magnús Jensson, Salvör Jónsdóttir, Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, Hannes Lárusson, Arna Mathiesen, Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir, Massimo Santanicchia, Hildigunnur Sverrisdóttir, Silliness (Anna Björk Einarsdóttir, Magnús Þór Snæbjörnsson and Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir), Ásdís Hlökk Theodórsdóttir, Jeremy Till, Sybrand Tjallingii, Giambattista Zaccariotto and Ursula Zuehlke.

Works by the following artists are presented in the book:
Artists: The Art Nurses/Listhjúkkur (Anna Hallin and Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir), Bryndís Björnsdóttir and Ásmundur Ásmundsson, Silliness/Kjánska (Anna Björk Einarsdóttir, Magnús Þór Snæbjörnsson and Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir), Hugdetta ( Margrét Blöndal and many of the artists involved in Dyndilyndi, Hugleikur Dagsson.

Pétur Tomsen, Diana Mikaelsdóttir, Páll Jökull Pétursson, Christopher Lund, Jenny Simm, Brynja Eldon

Local agents of change presented:
Hannes, Kristín, Begga, Mörður, Gunnar, Vilhjálmur, Úlfar, Björk, Ólafur, Róshildur, Snæbjörn, Þorsteinn, Auður, Morten, Línus Orri.

Collective student works are by:
Gunnar Ágústsson / Luca Filippi / Johanna Jacob / Laufey Jakobsdóttir / Jón Valur Jónsson / Sigurlín Rós Steinbergsdóttir / Perrine Frick / Carlos Salinas Gonzalez / Liesa Marie Hugler / Axel Kaaber / Jón Hámundur Marinósson / Arnheiður Ófeigsdóttir / Sigurborg Haraldsdóttir / Sam Khabir / Helga B. Kjerúlf / María Kristín Kristjánsdóttir / Guo Mengdi / Lucile Ado / Hlynur Axelsson / Heiðdís Helgadóttir / Aron Freyr Leifsson / Zongkai Zhou / Sæunn Kolbrún Þórólfsdóttir.

In addition several others provided visual material for the book

#scarcity #excess #Reykjavík #crisis #economy

More on the scibe project:

This site and the book can be traced back to October 2008, when a group of people interested in the built environment
came together to deliberate a useful approach for a research project inspired by the concepts of scarcity and creativity. In
a flash the financial meltdown unfolded across our screens, emanating from Iceland it seemed. So it was that the built
environment, within the context of the economic crisis in Iceland, became one of the case studies within ‘Scarcity and
Creativity in the Built Environment’ (SCIBE), a collaborative research project between three European Universities.
The research was based on the analysis of processes in four European cities: London, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Vienna, www., and the funding was provided by HERA, Humanities in the European Research Area.

The case study on the Reykjavik Capital Area became a collaborative process, with knowledge being transferred
between academic and non-academic partners to gain an understanding of how the crash was linked to the built
environment, and how a revaluation through the spectacles of design could lead to more sustainable practices.
Information was gathered by means of photography, mapping, statistical analysis and interviews and this material was
assembled as written text and graphical presentation. It could then be used to constitute design briefs for retrofitting the new
build-up of the city, adapting it to changed needs after the crash. Two workshops (14 days in 2011 and 10 days in 2012) were organised in collaboration with local institutions, involving students from many continents, studying within the disciplines of architecture, planning and urbanism. A cross-disciplinary team of experts was invited to the workshops to present problems and potentials of the different urban systems (water, transport, the economy, ecology) to be used for an integrated approach to design that would better support the economy. Local agents of change, who had experimented with alternative practices on the fringe, were also asked to attend, to share their knowledge for a creative process of learning.
Seminars open to the public created an exchange of views between researchers and others investigating the field of the
crash, with respect to the built environment. Stakeholders also had an opportunity to comment on the student projects.


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