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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

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

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 -> 23.06.2017
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

TropiNordic design dialogues

 

 

 

 

Research seminar: TropiNordic design dialogues.

The second week of March, a group of architects, landscape architects and urbanists traveled to Colombia, all the them connected to The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). The research seminar was organized in collaboration with the Bogota Museum of Modern Art, the center for Urban and environmental studies EAFIT, Giancarlo Mazzanti studio and the Norwegian embassy in Bogota.

With this seminar we intend to establish networks and collaborations between Norway and Colombia across the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, energy systems and governance.

 

The travel focuses on three issues in particular. 1) Urban development that emphasizes social sustainability. We intend to learn from the important and ground-breaking work in Medellín and Bogota. This is an explicit part of an interdisciplinary research project funded the Norwegian Research Council (NFR), ”Learning flexibility: Complexity, Innovation / Inter-Urban Knowledge Transfer”. 2) There exist in modern Norwegian architecture an articulated dialogue with the landscape. This architectural conception has influenced specific Colombian professional environments. The seminar will present Norwegian and Colombian contemporary architecture as well the National Tourist Route Project with a potential relevance for Colombia. 3) Both countries have extensive wilderness areas and the duality between untouched and less developed mountain areas and inhabited valleys. With the peace agreement, large land and nature areas are opened up. Public appreciation of landscapes, landscape ecology, landscape heritage, public right of access and use are well developed in Norway and these are issues of interests for Colombian professionals.With this trip and

With this trip and seminar AHO stablished professional and academic contacts in Colombia and possibly also with UN’s and Norway’s environmental representatives in Colombia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date:
08.03.2017 -> 21.06.2017
Project leader:
Jonny Aspen
Themes:
Landscape|Landscape architecture|North|South|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

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