PhD Defence: Transformation on Abandonment

Public defence by Mo Michelsen Stochholm Krag 10 November

We are proud to invite all interested to the public PhD defence by architect Mo Michelsen Stochholm Krag.

Mo Michelsen Stochholm Krag will defend his PhD dissertation Transformation on Abandonment – A new critical practice?

When: 10 November 2017, 13.00 – 16.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The defence will be in English. Everybody is welcome, no registration needed.


The PhD project investigates the potential threat to material and intrinsic immaterial values embedded in abandoned buildings in rural Denmark, as well as how the threat to these values influences the local identity and damages community cohesion.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop and test different strategies to identify, preserve, or activate values such as aspects of cultural heritage; density and structure of the rural village; and narratives of place.

The research has been conducted as a critical counter-practice to the state-funded demolitions of abandoned buildings. It seeks to reveal and activate the endangered intrinsic values through implementing a series of transformations of abandoned buildings prototyped at full scale in various rural village settings.

The dissertation is available for inspection in the Library.

The Assessment Committee

  • Thordis Arrhenius, Professor, Linköpings Universitet
  • Arnaud Hendrickx, Associate Professor, K.U. Leuven
  • Claus Peder Pedersen, Associate Professor, Aarhus School of Architecture



13.00: Welcome by Charlotte Bundgaard, Head of Research
13.10: Lecture by PhD student, cand.arch., Mo Michelsen Stochholm Krag
13.40: Examination by Professor Thordis Arrhenius
14.10: Break
14.30: Examination by Associate Professor Arnaud Hendrickx
15.00: Examination by Associate Professor Claus Peder Pedersen
15.30: Possible questions from the audience
16.00: Closing by Charlotte Bundgaard, Head of Research
Drinks and snacks