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Folkets Hus

BY LINA HASKEL

People's Community Centres in Sweden - Folkets Hus - are associated with both entertainment and labor. This fascinates me; the mutual dependence of two widely separated activities with different functional purposes and design needs, and how they share the space in the same buildings. I also wonder why some of them today are not being used as much as 60 years ago.

[ See more of Lina's work at www.linahaskel.com ]

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 "Folkets Hus originate from the late 19th century, when members of the Swedish Labor Movement were forbidden to have meetings. The workers then built their own meeting places – Folkets Hus.

"Folkets Hus originate from the late 19th century, when members of the Swedish Labor Movement were forbidden to have meetings. The workers then built their own meeting places – Folkets Hus.

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 "I investigated the different activities that took place in the Folkets Hus. There was a sense of collective consciousness, a silent agreement on how the buildings should be designed, which sprung from the common purpose the buildings served. Local traditions, as well as individual creativity and pride have influenced each building."

"I investigated the different activities that took place in the Folkets Hus. There was a sense of collective consciousness, a silent agreement on how the buildings should be designed, which sprung from the common purpose the buildings served. Local traditions, as well as individual creativity and pride have influenced each building."

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 "I have photographed 66 Folkets Hus in all of Sweden’s 25 provinces, from Kiruna, just north of the Polar Circle, to the southern city of Malmö. This is my personal experience of buildings that are alive in the Swedish collective consciousness, but are also part of the cultural heritage which in some places is vanishing."

"I have photographed 66 Folkets Hus in all of Sweden’s 25 provinces, from Kiruna, just north of the Polar Circle, to the southern city of Malmö. This is my personal experience of buildings that are alive in the Swedish collective consciousness, but are also part of the cultural heritage which in some places is vanishing."

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