18 Dec, 2016
Cities and Sustainability
"Tracing a timber breakthrough"
Norway´s first multi-storey student housing project built from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the Palisaden, was constructed in 2013. Three years on more than 80% of student housing in Norway is built from timber. When the extension to Moholt student village by MDH arkitekter is completed in December this year, it will be the largest use of CLT in Europe. Following the struggles of timber to infiltrate a conservative construction industry, why and how did this breakthrough occur and what can we learn from it?
27 Oct, 2016
"After Belonging: Architecture in an Identity Crisis?"
The Oslo Architecture Triennale has established itself as a rich event of international dimensions – and international ambitions. The 2016 Triennale is entitled "After Belonging". It examines what it might mean to be at home in a world that is changing at an accelerating pace.
Robert Wilson visited the main events of the Triennale.
04 Feb, 2016
"An Open Narrative"
The new Ryerson University Student Learning Centre is “a beacon for the university”, says Raja Moussaoui.
05 Jun, 2015
«Rapid Change and Cultural Vacuum»
Where is the border between progress and catastrophe? What happens when our surroundings change faster than our capacity to understand them? – There are lessons to be learned from catastrophic destruction, which teaches us something about any process of change, argues Ole Møystad.
05 Feb, 2015
Were you born north of the Arctic Circle, and perhaps in Autumn? Light conditions in the first twelve months of life can affect the development of colour vision.
Could it be that where other people just see twilight, a selection of Northerners experience a Blue Noon?
15 Dec, 2014
Cities and Sustainability
«They sold our streets and nobody noticed»
Terrorist attacks make way for urban regeneration. But what use do we make of the possibilities? The rebuilding of urban centres in Britain after terrorist bombings have almost without exception led to increased privatisation and increased private control.
– These privatised high-security enclaves are a democratic problem for the cities, writes Anna Minton.
14 Nov, 2014
Hunting for Hecla
In the last half of the 19th Century, two young men left Scandinavia for the land of opportunity. Norwegian Carl Michael Eger and Dane Niels Poulson met in a common fascination for the technological possibilities that drove the development of American cities at the time, and in 1876 they founded Hecla Iron Works, which would grow to make a mark on several cities, including New York.
Jan Carlsen and Are Carlsen have hunted for Hecla and what’s left of its products through many years.
04 Sep, 2014
"The monument is a way forward"
It has been three years since the terrorist attacks, but we are not done talking about the Oslo Government Quarter. At a public debate at the Oslo House of Literature in April, Arkitektur N asked, “Where in the on-going processes of deciding the future of the Government Quarter, is there room for democratic contributions?”
In this interview, Jorge Otero-Pailos and Reinhard Kropf talk about monuments and preservation, and perhaps we reach the outline of a useful answer to the question.
11 Jun, 2014
Reconstruction of the bombed-out government buildings after 22nd July 2011 entails a lot more than providing office space and security measures. – What would be the architectural translation of "more love, more openness, more democracy"? How can these words from the prime minister's memorial speech be transformed into political and architectonic action? asks Professor Ole Møystad.
06 Jun, 2014
"Imagining a future"
Can we imagine an architecture that is both beautiful and contributes to the common good? –In contemporary cultures the stakes are very high. Architects have a vital role to play in the reconciliation of cultural memories with imagination, says Alberto Pérez-Gómez.