Tenements in Nairobi regularly collapse. Why does this happen, and what is to be done about it?
Investigating place-specific urbanism for sustainable communities in the Arctic.
Cities are subject to change: demographies shift, transport patterns transform, and both in the core of cities, as well as in the periphery, the structural transformations of retail and public urban space produce entirely new, but also partly recycled, forms of urbanity. The projects studies these emerging forms as urban design and proposes ways in which architecture and urban design can respond to what is often perceived as disruptive and negative developments outside the influence of regular urban management.
As restructuring element in peri-urban areas of the Oslo Region.
The “Urbanization of Rural China” research framework is a system of empirical case studies of the development of villages and village-systems done by PhD students from AHO and CAFA. Chinese villages are being demolished or gentrified as a part of large-scale rural policies. The politically expressed intention is to bring wealth to the countryside and bridge the huge economic gap between urban and rural. These actions should also been seen in relation to future strategies for redistribution of ownership of land and possible industrialization of Chinese agriculture.
Learning Flexibility: Complexity, Innovation & Inter-Urban Knowledge Transfer
Although there are many urban transformation efforts in housing, urban renewal and infrastructure projects, Addis Ababa’s urban structure is not well studied with appropriate tools.
Taking off of from interpretative mapping the project focuses on governmental strategies for landscape changes in Sápmi and the Fennoscandian Shield, indigenous rights and knowledges, and the ecocultural footprint of extractive industries.
Assessing Socioecological Transformations in the Postindustrial Metropolis. This cross-disciplinary project seeks to find new methods of research and develop the way we understand change and injustice in the city. A chief aim of the project is to develop new tools and methods to gain this understanding, based on a cross disciplinary and collaborative approach.
This research project explores the potential of a more active role for the architect as a mediator and a key agent in shaping the future, and study innovations in urban practice. How may urbanists and architects contribute to a sustainable future for our cities by operating intelligently in the space between grassroots initiatives and top-down approaches?
The area of the former industrial harbour Bjørvika, in Oslo, is currently redeveloped following a cultural planning strategy. As part of the policy, culture is stipulated access and funding during the construction phase and the stakeholders, Bjørvika Development A/S, have devised a public art strategy, thus committing to invest 1% of Bjørvika’s infrastructure budget into public art. Although art is clearly stated to have a value in itself, the strategy also marks area in which art is expected to contribute. Those are diversity, local identity and civic co-ownership. In other words the public art of Bjørvika is not solemnly attributed an autonomous status, but is stated a role in the urban redevelopment of Bjørvika closely linked to other professions attempts to reintegrate the former harbor into the urban fabric of Oslo. Art is here less formulated as a mean to embellish the city, but rather a practice that can activate social spaces. However, many of the artists involved represent art practices working from a social and/or political basis and are themselves critical to autonomy, searching for art’s usefulness in a social context.
In the endeavor to create an urban environment that is perceived as appealing by the established and culturally oriented middle class, earlier successes are unscrupulously copied: A prominent cultural building signed by a star architect, a promenade for sophisticated walk and a couple of delicious restaurants and cafes. The result is a kind of Zombie Urbanism where standardized perceptions dominate.
A study of low income housing study in Nairobi and how it fits into its urban formation.
This dissertation is a part of Future North, and maps and investigates existing and potential vitality of remote Arctic communities, with fieldwork to be completed in the Barents region, and in particular in the Varangerfjord Region (Vardø, Kirkenes) of the Kingdom of Norway, and in the Murmansk Oblast of the Russian Federation (Murmansk, Nikel).
Improving the decision-support relevance for municipal planning and policy.
How can larger logics of the territory inform of regional productivity, a process of mitigation the disturbances, and rediscover regional identity?
The project investigates the peri-urban landscape. It is a contentious zone where traditional land-uses meets industry, infrastructural expansion and urban development.
This project evaluates urbanism associated with on-going transformation of road infrastructure in Nairobi.
Chinese urbanization gained speed three decades ago and the momentum is continuing. After years of huge amounts of constructions and migration, a new strategy that places more emphasis on small and medium sized cities and towns is introduced by the central government. Within this blue print, future urbanization in small places is planned to account for up to half of the total urbanization volume. My research is about the urbanization process in the smallest urban form: the township and villages. In order to achieve this objective, I pick one specific place as the site for a case study in this empirical research.
The thesis’ focus is on an empirical study of Tjuvholmen, a large land reclaiming project and urban design scheme at the Oslo harbor front, whose completion in 2014 is representing the preliminary conclusion of an era of urban planning and an organization of urban management in Oslo introduced by the initiation of “Aker Brygge” in the early 1980s. While “the entrepreneurial city” (Hall & Hubbard 1998) and its resulting “packaged landscapes”(Harvey 1989) have been thoroughly addressed in the context of the current planning paradigm found in the Oslo region, and “project driven urban planning” have been analyzed as a municipal development strategy, the spatial outcome of these projects are more crudely approached.
At present the Circumpolar North provides a unique laboratory for studying future landscapes of production, infrastructure, excavation, and environmental change.
The thesis will study how relocations and movement patterns of programs moving from the inner city parts are manifested in a new peri- urban context of the Oslo Region.
Trekking and Alpine Landscape looks at alpine landscape in rural China from lenses of trekking as a recent phenomenon. Referencing the Swiss and Norwegian alpine context, the project discusses increasing trekking and outdoor recreation in Chinese alpine regions, looking at walking and trekking as an adding-on research method for reading alpine landscapes, and curating landscape routes and roadside spaces as alternative responses to the phenomenon. This PhD project takes the Hengduan Mountains, and particularly the Mount Gongga (Minya Konka) area as a case.
Seminar|Oslo Research Park
The Oslo Centre for Urban and Landscape Studies is located at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO