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Fiskevær – Myre på Yttersida

Fiskeværene er en unik del av Norges bosettingshistorie. Vinterfisket etter skrei la grunnlag for en fiskeværskultur som er spesielt velutviklet og mangfoldig i området fra Lofoten til Senja. Havner, kaier, mottak, produksjonsbedrifter, boliger og fellesbygninger kan i disse værene leses som redskap for næringa, som en fangstkulturs tilpassing og som fiskerinæringas avtrykk på land... Read »


The architecture of the urban project

The Architecture of the Urban Project” is about large-scale architecture in Norway. Projects that potentially fall into this category are those that blur the distinction between the city and the building, more specifically projects such as new universities, urban redevelopments and waterfront transformations... Read »


Hvilken vei skal byene gå?

  • Hoelscher, Kristian|Harboe, Lisbet|Petersen, Sobah Abbas|Christie, Ingrid Nytun|Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie

What is the future of our cities? Central to discussions at Habitat 3 (The UN’s Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development) in Quito will be how cities – both developed and developing – can respond to dynamics of increasing complexity, fragility and insecurity in the coming decades... Read »

Conference paper

Urban landscape hybrids in Arctic cities

The Arctic is urbanizing. Not just in terms of demography and economy, but also in terms of cultural evolution, changing values and lifestyle choices. The tension between colonial modernization as expressed in architecture and urban planning and indigenous ways of life is evident in many Arctic cities... Read »


Distances, accessibilities and attractiveness; looking at new approaches to include measures of urban form in hedonic pricing modelling?

The population of Oslo increases rapidly and the corresponding demand of housing is an issue of great public, political and professional interest. Today, we can see several interesting discrepancies in the housing market, such as very high prices for dwellings with low technical standards and dwellings located in neighbourhoods very different from those planned and built today... Read »

Conference paper

A House is not a Home – Media representations of asylum shelters in Norway.

The 18th Nordic Migration Conference, Oslo August 11-12 2016 The University of Oslo What kind of accommodation is offered as shelter to the increasing number of refugees in Norway? How are these shelters communicated, directly and indirectly in Norwegian media? What can the mediation of physical shelters tell us about the way refugees’ security, rights, and living conditions are negotiated wi.. Read »


Arctic Architectures

In 1968, the British/Swedish architect Ralph Erskine published an article ‘Architecture and town planning in the north’ in this journal, in which he called for a particular Arctic approach to the design of buildings and cities that is distinct from mainstream architecture due to conditions such as harsh climate, resident indigenous or sparse population and remoteness... Read »

Conference paper

Place Specific Arctic Urbanism

The planning of Arctic cities largely still happens within a modernist master-planning framework. This tendency has paradoxically persevered, as anti-urban identity discourses relating to indigenous populations have left little room for re-evaluating city design... Read »


Arctic urbanism: Kola mining towns

Arctic settlements and cities are adapting to climatic, economic, social and geo-political changes. Strategies for planning and transformation of cities do not only depend on these dynamic and emerging conditions, but also on how existing material cultures provides frames for thinking about possible urban futures... Read »

Conference paper

Participatory Mapping in the Co-Design of the Future North

It is important for designers of the built environment – from the varying scales of architecture, urbanism, and landscape – to capture and reflect locally specific human voices in the anticipation and design of future communities in the face of great change. The world is increasingly challenged with the complex dynamics of climate change and globalisation... Read »

Conference paper

Co-narrating a Future North

  • Morrison, Andrew

Arctic Frontiers 2015 – Future North Session Through the persona of Narratta as a ‘thing that speaks ‘I investigate what might be shaped on site in the arctic but also online in the cast of design fiction. This situates the work within comunication design and digital narrative... Read »

Conference paper

Personas and projections. A lyrical essay on facing climate change via design fiction

UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, together with WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, ISSS-International Society for the Systems Sciences, the Advanced Design Network, and the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences of the University of Trento Abstract: We identify two challenges concerning conceptualisations of communication design, design fiction and future views on the arctic... Read »


Den vitale byen

Hva er det som gjør en by vital? Og kan man planlegge for en vital by? Byen er et sted hvor ulike krefter utspiller seg. Mennesker møtes, bygninger bygges og parker anlegges. I løpet av de siste tiårene har man i Skandinavia ønsket å utvikle levende byer, byer som ser vakre ut, og som folk kan bo og trives i... Read »


Planlægning, by og butik

Danmark har lang tradition for streng byplanmæssig styring af detailhandelen, og Svend Aukens stop for nye eksterne shoppingcentre i 1997 og den efterfølgende politik har været en stor succes i forhold til at begrænse butiksflugten til bilbyen... Read »

Book chapter

Exploring locative media for cultural mapping

Mapping is intimately related to the practice of urbanism, one that is beginning to be transformed by social and locative media. This chapter presents research in a project into the design and use of a GPS-based ‘app’ called Streetscape based on the mapping methodology of Urban Gallery (by chora)... Read »

Conference paper

Sápmi and the Fennoscandian shield – on and off the map

Triggered by European Union’s Raw Material Initiative and intensified resource mapping, a negotiation of the limits of exploitation is emerging; in it decision makers go to extremes in accepting environmental damage. This paper unfolds discourses on resource extraction from two cartographies representing the same territory with different names and worldviews... Read »

Book chapter

Forests and Trees in the City: Southwest Flanders and the Mekong Delta

Throughout the history of urbanism, there has almost always been an interweaving of structures of plantation with urban armatures and tissues. In Europe and Asia, forests have been the counter-figure of the city, embedded the city or complemented the city. Simultaneously, lines of trees are planted on public spaces. This has been systematically planned and constructed... Read »


UFO4 Village in the City

The ‘Village in the City’ is surely as a specific as a spectacular urban form that is generated by the particular urbanization process that China is undergoing during the last two decades. The massive scale and the unprecedented speed of such urbanization implies an incredible multiplicity of ‘villages in the city’... Read »


UFO3 Water Urbanisms East

Waters Urbanisms East expands upon the first edition of Water Urbanisms, published in 2008. It gathers a number of leading practitioners and academics globally to reflect upon the growing challenges of water in the city, infrastructural landscapes and the reuniting of engineered and natural processes... Read »


Urban Design: The New City Center

This report is a result of a collaboration between The Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway and the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and the purpose was to uncover consequences of, and potentials in, shopping centre construction in small and medium sized Norwegian towns... Read »

Book chapter

Eco-Engineering for Water: From Soft to Hard and Back

Water-based urbanism, that is, the design of cities around the role and dynamics of water, has been a powerful urban impetus in many parts of the world. As a consequence of the location of cities along major rivers, on seacoasts, and in inland and coastal deltas, water urbanism is indeed a predominant part of the history and current status of many cities... Read »


(Recovering) China’s Urban Rivers as Public Space

This article focuses on the revered role rivers in China once held – in cartography, history, mythology, festivals, cities, and everyday life. It reviews and summarizes ‘hydraulic civilization’, taking cognizance of feng shui as it does so. Four historical cases testify to the fact that China’s great cities were founded on riverbanks and developed in tandem with floodplain dynamics... Read »

Conference paper

Making the mobile and networked city visible by design

We address how to make apparent a number of design initiated articulations to do with accessing, assembling, and mediating the data of the networked city and their visual renderings in publicly accessible formats. These ‘designed moves’ heighten the significance of both design knowledge and research interpretations in an exploratory and dynamic inquiry... Read »

Book chapter

Oslo – The Triumph of Zombie Urbanism

Contemporary discourses on urban redevelopment and design are, at least as seen from the perspective of Northern Europe, surprisingly alike and homogeneous. They all subscribe to the idea that the future lies in building some version of “the creative city.” It is a city being rebuilt based on the happy mix of creativity and knowledge with culture and urban consumption... Read »


Negotiating the Image of the City : A Discussion of Skilled Perception and the Role of the Artist in the Redevelopment of Bjørvika

In the master plan of the redevelopment of the former industrial harbor Bjørvika, funding for art is stipulated along with access to the site during the construction phase. This article looks at an intervention, from 2005, of the artist Marianne Heier, in relation to the strategic use of imagery in place branding and the use of images to structure change... Read »


Urban Design: Future City

A consensus as to how cities can meet the challenges posed by sustainability is emerging. The primary response of cities in terms of urban policy and planning can be summed up in the term ‘Compact City’. This is a strategy that is easy to envision for planners, politicians and the general public... Read »


Views. Norway seen from the road 1733–2020

High mountains, narrow fjords, deep valleys. Norway’s views are its national pride – and also an international trademark. But it is easy to forget that these views are inaccessible without the roads that can take us there. Ever since the 18th century, the image of the Norwegian landscape has been inextricably tied to the gradual expansion of the Norwegian road network... Read »

Book chapter

Appearing and Disappearing Landscapes 2.0.

‘DAHL: I think the notions Appearing and Disappearing landscapes and the notion To charge the landscape with new energy in all our projects have been related to different conceptions of landscape. In a sense a kind of explorative position of landscapes under pressure, searching for a terminology on its behalf so to speak... Read »


La Byen Synges

Letter to the editor, Tromsø paper Nordlys. january 12th 2013 ‘I høst var vi mange stumme vitner til at dialogenes by fremstod som samehetsens by. I selskap med mange andre som vanligvis er svært engasjert i spørsmål om Tromsøs utvikling, holdt jeg meg utenfor ordskiftet som fulgte byrådets beslutning om å trekke søknaden om innlemmelse i forvaltningsområdet for samisk språk... Read »

Book chapter

Water Urbanisms spanning the globe: the Scheldt Estuary & Mekong Delta

Water and mud. Erosion and sedimentation. Profits and perils. Natural and social forces. Water resource management and urbanization. Human culture and civilization requires the control and appropriation of water. The capture, storage, and distribution of water inextricably bind physical and social processes into a thorny relationship between nature and society... Read »

Book chapter

Can cities be green?

Urban sustainability is often reduced to a specific set of issues packaged in the notion of ‘green city’ or ‘eco-city’. The idea of eco-city is problematic in terms of pure sustainability, but forms an important motive in urban policy. The architectural policy of Oslo emphasizes sustainability, and ‘greenness’ is a marketable quality which is exploitable in the promotion of cities... Read »


UFO2 Human Settlements : formulations and (re)calibrations

Wars, internal conflicts and natural catastrophes are plaguing the world. Millions of people are on the run in search of new, safer places to settle temporarily or permanently. “Human settlements” goes in more depth into the aspects of modern settlements that are related to architecture, urban design and planning... Read »


Green Urbanism

The notion of ‘green city’ or ‘eco-city’ occurs in urban planning policies in many cities. The issue of sustainability in urbanism is often reduced to a discussion of a limited range of quantifiable factors, but there are in fact not only one but many different and often competing ‘sustainability agendas’... Read »


Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure

The growing and unmistakable interest in infrastructure calls for a sound overview of recent exemplary design. Across the globe, public authorities view infrastructure—particularly transport infrastructure—as their primary field of investment... Read »


UFO1 Water Urbanisms

Water is re-conquering the contemporary agenda of urbanism. The renewed focus for urbanists is not uncalled for. Rather, its disappearance during the heydays of urbanism in the 19th and 20th century is remarkable. Water Urbanisms has three main sections. Water Cultures. Essays on Water Urbanism elaborates interplays of urbanism and water in different cultures and regions. Another Water Urbanism... Read »


På sporet av byen : lesninger i senmoderne byliv

Boken presenterer for første gang på norsk de viktigste tendensene innenfor internasjonal byutvikling – og i forskningen og teoriutviklingen omkring denne. Antologiens bidragsytere er fremstående byforskere som kombinerer teori og empiri på spennende måter. Byene får stadig større økonomisk, politisk og sosial betydning, en utvikling som er tydelig også her til lands... Read »