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Ethnography of Northern Landscapes

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).

Date:
01.09.2013 -> 31.08.2017
Project leader:
Morgan Ip
Themes:
Arctic|Landscape|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical
Project type
PhD

Innovating Urban Practices

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?

Project leader:
Lisbet Harboe
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Experimental
Project type
Basic research

Invisible Infrastructures: 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.

Date:
01.07.2016 -> 01.07.2019
Project leader:
Joakim Skajaa
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Experimental|Propositional
Project type
Basic research

Landscape Journeys

Through a series of travels in Norway, Iceland and Northwest Russia, the project investigates how the gaze and the conversation create perspectives on exposed landscape spaces from the spatiotemporal situation of moving through them, and to engage with travel as what Nicolas Bourriaud refers to as a “technique for generating creativeness and deriving knowledge.”

Date:
15.02.2012 -> 31.10.2012
Project leader:
Janike Kampevold Larsen
Themes:
Landscape|North
Approaches:
Critical|Experimental
Project type
Network

Location in Cities and Variations in Housing Prices

Local variations in housing prices depends on the location. This project develop methods to specify in detail how the location of each dwelling differs from each other and so we can look for patterns in the relationships between the attributes of location and housing prices.

 

Date:
01.09.2014 -> 31.03.2018
Project leader:
Axel Heyman
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical
Project type
PhD

Measuring Bicycle Impedance in Bicycle Route Networks

Given current increase in urban biking, there is need for knowledge support and tools that may inform professional practices in traffic planning and urban design. This start-up project is a preparation for a larger research project on developing user-friendly and evidence based GIS software application in support of urban planning and design for bikeability.

Date:
01.11.2015 -> 29.02.2016
Project leader:
Bendik Manum
Themes:
Urbanism
Approaches:
Consultative
Project type
Applied research

Oslo Water Metropolis

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.​

Project leader:
Giambattista Zaccariotto
Themes:
Landscape architecture|Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Propositional
Project type
Basic research

Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE)

The reseach project Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) explores the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built environment by investigating how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design, and how design-led actions might improve the built environment in the future.

Date:
01.06.2010 -> 01.06.2013
Project leader:
Edward Robbins
Themes:
Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Historical
Project type
Basic research

Site Specific Design as a Driving Force for Harbour Transformation

Developing “attractive, sustainable cities” has become a trademark call across Europe. In harbor cities, especially, “waterfront projects” re-envision once inaccessible areas as lively mixed use districts. These urban plans usually cover vast areas, and take several decades to realize. While supporters claim to be doing innovative, experimental planning, most adopt very similar methods leading to generic project outcomes with minimal, if any, local character.

Date:
07.03.2014 -> 15.12.2014
Project leader:
Peter Hemmersam
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Propositional
Project type
Applied research

Small Data and the City

Small data in the (big) city documents the mediatized performances of Oslos hipsters to disseminate how the geography, iconography and ideology of gentrification frontier of Oslo is (re)territorial.

Date:
19.09.2011 -> 17.11.2017
Project leader:
Nicole Martin
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Experimental
Project type
PhD

The Perforated Landscape

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.

Date:
01.09.2012 -> 06.03.2017
Project leader:
Kjerstin Uhre
Themes:
Arctic|Landscape|Landscape architecture|North|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Experimental
Project type
PhD

The Urban Matrix

This research project is designed to provide a shared space for researching, reflecting and writing up overlapping and complementary interests between urbanism and design.

Project leader:
Jonny Aspen
Themes:
Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical
Project type
Basic research

The Urbanization of Rural China

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.

Project leader:
Karl Otto Ellefsen
Themes:
Landscape|Southeast Asia and China|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Propositional
Project type
Basic research

The Vital City

The project on The Vital City sets out to explore the relevance of vitalist perspectives for understanding cities and urban cultures.

Project leader:
Jonny Aspen
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical
Project type
Basic research

The Waterfront Communities Project

Increasing pressures on land use in urban areas in recent years, has led many waterfront cities to rediscover their waterfronts. The project sought answers to the question of how to achieve an integrated approach in waterfront regeneration.

Date:
01.01.2004 -> 31.12.2007
Project leader:
Peter Hemmersam
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Propositional
Project type
Applied research

Urban Residential Habitat Transformation: A Case Study of Kileleshwa, Nairobi

This research is a critical analysis of the production of residential habitats in a rapidly transforming urban context. The investigation unpacks the underlying mechanisms and outcomes of urban residential transformation in Nairobi, Kenya, with a focus on its western residential suburb. It seeks to establish novel perspectives for comprehending and contemplating the dynamic urban phenomenon.

Date:
01.09.2015 -> 31.08.2018
Project leader:
Collins Makunda
Themes:
East Africa
Approaches:
Critical
Project type
PhD

Urbanization of Rural China: A case study on a township level

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.

Date:
01.09.2014 -> 31.08.2017
Project leader:
Jun Ma
Themes:
Southeast Asia and China|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical
Project type
PhD

Water Urbanism

The research coined water urbanism as a notion in 2008. It was already generally sensed for quite a while then that water had become an extremely pressing issue: water as a resource and necessity, water as a potential threat, with growing water consumption that has become difficult to fulfil and water pollution reaching such levels that the most basic ecological balances were disturbed. Wherever and however man settles, it requires water sources to be tapped and distributed; consumption, pollution, drainage and so forth to be organized, maintained and managed. In short, settlement implies water management. It is so basic and self-evident that it is seldom seriously considered. With growing populations, production and consumption challenges increase exponentially, but they also start changing from nature and fundamentally change nature itself.

Project leader:
Kelly Shannon
Themes:
Landscape|Southeast Asia and China|Urbanism
Approaches:
Consultative|Propositional
Project type
Basic research

WOOD/BE/BETTER

Increased use of wood in the building industry is positive from a carbon sequestration point of view. The effect will increase with more efficient use and increased use of local wood resources. Since wooden products store carbon until they are burned or decomposed, a prolonged service life and reduced maintenance is of great importance for the total environmental- and climate impact. The building sector represents some of the most important material transformations an the society. Hence, the utilization of renewable resources in buildings, especially materials that store carbon, will play a significant role in the sequestration of carbon.

Date:
01.01.2013 -> 31.12.2016
Project leader:
Marianne Skjulhaug
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Propositional
Project type
Applied research

YOUrban

YOUrban is a research project at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design into social media, design and the city. It investigates tools and means to creating engagement and a sense of ownership and responsibility towards our physical, social and cultural world.

Project leader:
Jonny Aspen
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical|Experimental
Project type
Basic research

Zombie Urbanism

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.

Project leader:
Jonny Aspen
Themes:
Oslo|Urbanism
Approaches:
Critical
Project type
Basic research