This PhD project sets out to investigate conditions that support interaction among strangers in urban public space.
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 project will investigate evaluation of architectural aesthetics in building permit applications.
Improving the decision-support relevance for municipal planning and policy.
At present the Circumpolar North provides a unique laboratory for studying future landscapes of production, infrastructure, excavation, and environmental change.
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?
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.
JoLA is the peer-reviewed journal of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). It fosters research methodologies specific to landscape architecture and aspires to expand the range of communication modes for research.
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.
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.
The project investigates the peri-urban landscape. It is a contentious zone where traditional land-uses meets industry, infrastructural expansion and urban development.
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.
This project evaluates urbanism associated with on-going transformation of road infrastructure in Nairobi.
How can larger logics of the territory inform of regional productivity, a process of mitigation the disturbances, and rediscover regional identity?
This project examins how urban planners go about when representing the city.
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.
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.
A study of low income housing study in Nairobi and how it fits into its urban formation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.