Uno Åhrén

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Åhrén, circa 1930

Uno Åhrén (6 August 1897 Stockholm – 8 October 1977 Arvika.[1]) was a Swedish architect and city planner, and a leading proponent of functionalism in Sweden.

In 1930 Åhrén was one of the designers for the Housing Exhibition of the Stockholm International Exhibition, and in 1931 he was one of the six co-authors of the Acceptera!, or Accept!, manifesto, a plea for acceptance of functionalism, standardization, and mass production as a cultural change in Sweden.

Ford Motor Company Building, 1930

Åhrén collaborated with the sociologist, reformer and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner Gunnar Myrdal from 1932 though 1935 on a social housing commission, and in 1934 they co-authored The Housing Question as a Social Planning Problem, a work that would prove influential in the structuring of the Social Democratic Swedish society, the Folkhemmet. In fact Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson, who coined the word Folkhemmet, himself moved into an Åhrén-designed functionalist house in 1936.

From 1947 through 1963 he served as Professor of City Planning for the Technical University at Stockholm.


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