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Portfolio Emili Noren

Curriculum vitae Emili Noren Häradshövdingegatan 20, 903 31 Umeå +460708242186 Computer skills Photoshop Indesign Illustrator Revit Sketch-up AutoCAD (basic)

Language skills Swedish (mother tongue) English (fluent) Spanish (basic)

Additional Information Driver License, class B

Lightdesign of the project Ljusstråk. Location: Nora, Sweden

Sale Assistant in the bakery shop Goodfellows and Stevens Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Lighting techniques and choreographer assistant in the dance company Raande-vo Location: Örebro and Stockholm

Night porter at the hotel Fjällgården Location: Ramundbärget, Sweden

Architectural program at Umeå school of architecture Location: Umeå, Sweden

Lighting techniques in the Tutor, instructor dance company Raande-vo in lighting Location: technology at Örebro, Sweden the Karolinska skolan (upper secondary school) Location: Örebro, Sweden Science and Technology basic course at Umeå University Location: Umeå, Sweden

Project, designing pavilion at music festival Trästockfestivalen Location: Skellefteå, Sweden


Work as a light designer

Photographer Jesper Papmehl Dufay

Location: Pershyttan Nora Choreographers: Anna-Karin Nilsson, Josephine BjÜrklund During the summer in 2005 the art festival Ljusstrük take place in Nora. I did the light design for several of the dance and theater projects in the festival. One of them was the dance performance Järnet. It was an ensemble of 12 dancers and the performance took place in an traditional iron ore smeltery. I worked hands on in this quite unusual space and designed the light on site in coherence with the building and the choreography.


Work as a lighting techniques

Inaff A Dance production preformed in 20072008. Target audience was teenagers and it was touring around sweden in 2008.

Rasande rytmiskt A dance production first preformed in 2000 and played agin in 2006. Photographer Martin Skoog

Location: Ă–rebro and Stockholm, Sweden Choreograph: Lena Josefsson Light desigener: Anna Wemmert Scenography: Lena LundstrĂśm During 2006-2008 I worked as a light techniques and choreograph assistant in the contemporary dance company Raande-vo led by choreographer and artistic director Lena Josefsson. I took part in two production first reproduction of the performance Rasande rytmiskt and then developing and preforming the production Inaff. My work contained in setting the light, running the light during the performance, maintaining the stage and assisting the choreographer bout in practical and artistic advice concerning the stage and performance. In the second production, Inaff, I was fortuned to work together with the lightdesigner Anna Wemmert in developing the light design for the production. Inaff is a production with teenagers as the main target and 2008 we where touring with the performance around Sweden. During the tour I was responsible for the light setting and running it during the shows.

A pavilion for a music festival Location: Skellefte책 UMA + Tr채stock is a collaboration between 7 architect students and the music festival Tr채stockfestivalen. After discussing with the festival organisers we concluded that there was a lack of relaxing area where you could sit down and a natural meeting point was also needed in the festival area. Early in the processes we decided to use recycled and local products and the pavilion is built by secondhand wood. Together in the group we planned and built the pavilion. The result was an open place where the visitors could interact in different ways. It became a popular hang-out in the area and used for example as a sitting area, playground for kids, and dining tables.


A site specific pavilion

In my 3 semester in architeture school we got the task of building a 1:1 parasite pavilion on a given site. We analysed the site and then built an addition that would feed on the sites conditions. This is a hole for the heap and a shelter build by thin curved wood that flows like a drop in the slope.

A tetris furniture This is a box put together, this is pieces when taken apart, this is a puzzle, this is a furniture. When it is closed it is just a box made of wood. But if you try to open it, look inside you will find that the cube is not what it seemed to be. You can find solutions of a chair, sofa and maybe even a table. With a full architecture school chances are that you will need somewhere to sit when all the seats are taken on a lecture or somewhere to eat when the dining area is full. And then it is the challenge of putting all the pieces back to be the cube. The boxes are made of wood and 4 km of string and absolutely handmade. This was a week workshop in my 5th semseter in architecture school. In groups of five we planned and built an addition to the building.

Point of no return Editing of a semester book

1940 1940

1960-1970 1960-1970

2000-2010 2000-2010

mapping umeå

history How is Umeå’s history reflected in the city today? What has influenced the growth of the city? Umeå after the city fire has gone from being a village into a city. Residential areas and industry have developed side by side. The city has grown on the two sides of the river, as an obstacle for the city to connect. During history bridges have popped up to solve the obstacles in the city. They connected the city with the bridges but at the same time as they solved problems the bridges themselves became boundaries in the city.

the airport as a factory


The repetitive rhythm of the machine echoes in the outskirts of the city. This place never sleeps. Soon you will realize that this is not a regular factory. It is a gateway to a place elsewhere. It grows, improves, becomes faster. The production escalates. Time-consumption is no longer a valid term, as this place is saving time. The bodies that are being transported on the conveyor belts are the products of our society. In this case the products are also the producers. They are the ones creating requests and they are the ones fulfilling them.

sara zetterlund

The factory exposes the absurdity of our commercialized way of travelling. Instead of using our senses we have learned to experience through the lens of the camera. We travel to forget and to remember. We want to see it all in no time. And we cannot wait long, for we are hungry for vacation from life itself. By using choreography, separation and regulations, this airport becomes an inhumane and surreal place, but is it that far from reality? Some might even call it an ideal solution; it is efficient and convenient. Architecture that raises questions, irritating or not, and provokes reactions in some manner, continues in the search for answers. Architecture that sits silently, on the other hand, has already made up its mind; it is fixed and therefore dead.


Exhibition This is a semester book for my 4th semester where we were introduced to investigating architecture in different kinds of context such as cultural context and urban context and ended up in a project of the airport as metropolis. Together with four fellows students we developed the concept, gather the material, created the layout and edited the book. The content is made of student projects, research studies generated through innovative and critical methods; so called mappings, essays by teachers and a professor of Ume책 School of Architecture (UMA) and text contributions from Ume책 city planning office and Ume책 airport. In combination with the book release we had an opening exhibition where we created a roof of flying books hanging in vires from a skeleton wooden structure. Some in reaching distant for the visitors to be able to read.

Sectors consuming the most energy relation between energy usage per citizen, sector and geografical service-14% transport-18,5% household-19,7% industry-47,8%

Geographical localization of industry households transport services

Energy usage per citizen (kW/h) and sector 2008, Statistiska centralbyr책n

servecis transport housholds industry

Mutualism alternative energy spheres in a mutualistic relationship

Mapping Investigating Ume책 by energy flows

Synergi different energy systems on separate channels

What energy systems occur in the city? What do we mean by energy? The word energy has many meanings and connotations. In this instance we view the city as a place vibrating with different energies. Our mappings touch upon a few, but by merging them we hope to find potential in the amalgamation. Our mappings attempt to show how energy is distributed throughout the city. We discovered an anomaly; Where electric energy is high, social energy is low. By looking at the points where energies meet we produced a synergetic mapping of the city. This helped us understand the different streams of energy absorbed by the city and develop strategies to identify specific points for acupunctural architectural interventions.

Mutualism alternative energy spheres in a mutualistic relationship


A nightclub under a bridge

During my second semester in Ume책 architectureshcool we got the assignment to design a danchall. It was a project where we focus a lot of the design of the space and shape. Working a lot with physical models both in the developing of the concept and the program. I designed a nightclub under a bridge near the city centre. I was looking for a urban and informal context. The space under the bridge provide a perfect location it is hideout and a forgotten space in the city. This is an outdoor structure based on ramps with three dancefloors. The new structure is working with the bridge as a complement and works as a roof. The structure is place in the water and is made for the river to flood the first floor of the structure in spring. In those times it is still possible to use the upper floor and meet the water in stair leading to the water.

This is the third semester assignment focusing on housing and retrofitting. When developing the concept I was working a lot with re-thinking how we think of the elderly housing situation in the swedish system. This is a home for the elderly that provides a new type of inside outside space that due to long snowy winter that is restricting for many elderly people. The inside park will protect from weather, snow and encourage movement and accessibility. The homes for the elderly is placed in the park and connected to a ramp promenade throughout the building and outside to the river and shopping center. The homes are all in connection to each other and if the want the can unfold some rooms to the park to be social with the public and there neighbour.

Housing project

An elderly home in a inside park

The homes are design with a private core to give possibility to a private life even if you need assistants. It is made possible by entre the apartment from different places.

The Cairo Project

The result after a four week on site study of Cairos garbage collectors Zabaleen Location: Cairo, Egypt During my 5th semester our class travelled to Cairo, Egypt to study and work in Mokattam Village. A place where most of the inhabitants call themself Zabaleen, garbage collectors. The whole village is based on taking care of and recycling garbage and piles of garbage occupy the streets. The work in Cairo was based in groups of five and together we created a photobook and did mapping studies on the communitys ideas of value. Back in Sweden agin we worked in pars to prupose a project to give improvment to the Zabaleen community.

We did not take these pictures A Photo book about the garbage collectors Zabaleen An investigation in Mokattam, Cairo, lead us to explore the structure of the communities value system in a village funded and raised in garbage economy. We wanted to catch this through there own eyes but not let our presence interfere. Handing out cameras to two inhabitants of the community and asking them to document what is important to them during 24 hours of their life. Not only would we find a chance of another perspective of there values but we would se how they wanted to present it to us as viewers as they knew the photos would be for us. Then we worked with the developing concept, selection of image, layout and editing of the book

During our time in Cairo we worked on understanding the complexed society of the garbage collectors, Zabaleen, and we did that through the method mappings. In my group we decided to start our investigation by looking closer on the different value system in the society all from money to the social values.

Mapping Mokattam

Investigation of the value system in the garbage community

The marimba project

An instrument playground with an education possibility for children.

Location: Cairo, Egypt After coming home from Cairo we used all our studies to do a project, an intervention in the village. By introducing music as an contrast, output and a pause from the everyday life work in the village. The idea of the project is to introduce an activitiy which can stimulate creative thinking and encourage the inhabitants to explore new fields We want to inspire creativity and that they can find that music can be of great value and increase life quality without being connected to profit. The strategy to introduce music within the Mokattam setllement is to focus on the children. Kids are curios and eager to try out new things. They have not yet reached the age where activities becomes unappropriate in the same sense as for the adults. The kids are the future. The purpose of the project is not only to create a playground for the kids to stimulate creative thinking but also to create a tool for teaching the kids how to read and to count.


Of the marimba playground

Plan 01. Pedagogical area.

Plan 02. Instrumental area.

Plan 03. Overview over the structure.

Elevation A. Viewed from the street.

A city at home

A housing project exploring how public the private can be

This is my 6th semester thesis project. It is a housing project that by investigation of social activities that people engaged in develop apartments to fit a social life that takes place in between the private and the public. This is a project that wants to explore but also be comment on the life style we have. This project started with an observation that a lot of the social activites takes place at peoples homes and not in the city. I wanted to try to not do a project to change peoples habits but instead explore how you could make the home more public. My research started by investigating activities in different levels both on a city scale to se what people liked to do but also from within the activity it self to explore the conditions without a context.


The accessibility is an important part to make the roofs be an active place. The big stairs is the connections between the park and the public roof space.


The park and the roof is public space and it is in close connection to the private. The clash between this has made the apartments develop with one public part in the cubes and a separated private part on the groundfloor.

Apartment types

There are two apartment types in this project. One is the dinner-apartment, high part of the building that is placed in the middle of the block. The other type is the market-apartment placed in combination with the stairs and as an entrance to the roofs.

Market flat The market flat is placed in the stair and have a big garage door that can be folded up make the apartment a part of the stair. There is a bookshelf wall in the room giving some protection and dividing the public part into a more diverse space. The kitchen bedrooms and bathrooms is on the private ground floor. The apartment is designed for market but is a flexible space that can be used for more work related activities like if you have an office or business that you run from home.

Dinner apartment

The kitchen have a relation to the whole house and you can cook with view to the private home on the groundfloor and to the landscape outside. The guest entrence on the roof is in the kitchen. The second floor has a small guest bathroom so they never have to go down to the ground floor. the second floor is the dining area. Separated from all the rest and made to focus on just food and company and the view. It is also lifted so it wont be bother by people passing by at the same level as the ones eating. The apartments is placed closed to each other with the feeling of being in a resturant with your neighbours but in your own home.

Emili Noren emili.noren +46708242186


Architecture student portfolio of academic work and some professional projects in architecture and lighting.

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