OCULS offers a fully-funded PhD position for the period 2020–2023.
The project deals with transformation processes in rural China, and contributes to research on rural areas globally.
How is urbanization transforming a high mountain territory in China? While heavy urbanization has already happened, how can a landscape informed perspective open for an alternative way of reading and intervening in vulnerable alpine landscapes? Trans-Alpine is a PhD project observing urbanization phenomena and processes in China that is happening in the territories of high mountains and alpine zones, with a transareal vision on referencing other high geographies – the Alps, the Scandinavian mountains, the Andes. Taking Mount Gongga – the highest in the Hengduan mountain ranges as a case, the project makes an in-depth reading on landscape spaces and landscapes of practice along the mountain routes that are affected by heavy urbanization. Furthermore, it suggests a lighter approach by revealing the landscape qualities of the high mountain. The reading and revealing process is done through five travels and walks in Mount Gongga, supported by field research and visual methods, in which photography and cartography play a significant role. The findings around the case of Mount Gongga point to an alternative set of visualization – a lighter approach for intervention in the high mountain.
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?
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.
This PhD project sets out to investigate conditions that support interaction among strangers in urban public space.
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.
Water as restructuring element in peri-urban areas of the Oslo Region.
The project seeks to extend knowledge of High Arctic coastlines with a specific focus on the spatial, temporal and material engagement and experience of its inhabitants.
This project studies how the location of dwellings differs in order to look for patterns in the relationships between the attributes of location and housing prices.
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.
Improving the decision-support relevance for municipal planning and policy.
Investigating place-specific urbanism for sustainable communities in the Arctic.
En analyse av metoder og verktøy for sivilsamfunnsmobilisering, innbyggerinvolvering og medvirkning i kommunale planprosesser, by- og stedsutviklingsprosjekt
The project 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).
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.
A survey and network of contemporary landscape practices in Latin America.
The project focuses on how digital technologies and media enable new ways of designing urban services and positively affect issues of urban liveability, sustainability, design and governance of cities and urban space.
Through multi-sited analysis of the ecocultural footprint of a copper-mine prospect affecting both coastal and pastoral communities in Finnmark, the thesis addresses the prospects for re-productive landscapes, Sámi reindeer husbandry, coastal fishery, and outfield environments in the context of Scandinavian policies for industrial mining.
This research investigates how forcibly displaced people become part of cities, in ways that sustainably contribute to economic development, cultural advancement and wellbeing.
The project focuses on landscape in relation to the project of the metropolis – the possibility of imagining and realizing a coherent form and image of the space of inhabitation. The project proposes the image of Oslo Water Metropolis , as a tool for elaborate descriptions and projections that are able to inspire visions, projects and policies. The aim is to stimulate a dialogue in the Oslo region, to transfer knowledge from relevant experiences and models, and to invite experts and regional actors to engage in a research-by-design.
The SUV project (Stimulating the Uptake of Autonomous Vehicles by Local Authorities) provides cities and regions with the right tools and practices to prepare their urban developments for the introduction of autonomous vehicles. It aims to connect and enhance sustainable mobility and city/regional planning to understand the actions needed to maximise the benefits autonomous vehicles can offer society.
OCULS offers a fully-funded PhD position for the period 2020–2023.
The anthology Bysamfunn (“Urban Societies”) has recently been launched. The anthology presents various research-based perspectives on contemporary urban societies in Norway and beyond. Three researchers from the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO have contributed with a chapter each. In his piece, Professor Jonny Aspen argues that a more fine-tuned language about how people actually experience urban living is needed. Associate Professor Erling Dokk Holm proposes a tool for mapping the gender profile of ground floor stores in city centers. For his part, PhD Fellow Sverre Bjerkeset presents an ethnographic study of everyday public space as a place of social encounters. The anthology is edited by Researcher Ida Marie Henriksen and Professor Aksel Tjora at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and is published by Universitetsforlaget.
Displacement, migration and placemaking in Nordic cities The project will address issues relating to migration and displacement in Nordic towns and cities, with a focus on contemporary placemaking, public space and the involvement of stakeholders. Application date: 10.02.2019
Under Under is a recently launched initiative at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, Oslo School of Architecture and Design. It’s a quarterly publication, under the direction of architect and researcher Luis Callejas, that set forth to “link the work and thoughts of practitioners, educators, and researchers in the field landscape, architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts.” The inaugural issue is dedicated to the works of Hanne Bat Finke, and, in particular, the late Jeppe Aagard Andersen. It has been edited and designed by Luis Callejas and Christiana Pitsillidou, with Peter Hemmersam and Marianne Skjulhaug as guest editors. Morgan Alexander Ip proofread all contributions. Upcoming issues: “Andrea Branzi – Luis Callejas”, “Günter Vogt – AHO students”, and “Anita Berrizbeitia – Marianne Skjulhaug”.
The Oslo Centre for Urban and Landscape Studies is located at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO