Hvilket ansvar har arkitektene i det grønne skiftet?

Read Gisle's article in Morgenbladet about the architects' role in the green shift: https://morgenbladet.no/ideer/2019/06/hvilket-ansvar-har-arkitektene-i-det-gronne-skiftet

"If degrowth is to become a concept of content and meaning, Whitehead's statement that creativity is the driving force of any process of change must be put into work - and the architects must seize the opportunities inherent in this statement to change both architecture and society, this time both as participants and experts."


Make a book - or read one!

Read Gisle's article in Arkitektnytt #5, inspired by our visit at Actar publishers in Barcelona:

"We need people who think and write, and editors who publish - and who dare to believe that it is still sometimes necessary to make a book, and not least to read one.”


Layered Landscapes Lofoten @ Architecture of Necessity

Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change has been selected by the jury to participate at the Architecture of Necessity exhibition at Virserum konsthall, Sweden, opening June 27.


browsing Layered Landscapes Lofoten

Want to have a look inside Layered Landscapes Lofoten?

For those of you asking: the book is available in online bookstores worldwide, for example Amazon.
In Sweden and Norway also Adlibris and Tanum.
We'll keep you updated on which physical bookstores you can have a look at it...


Layered Landscapes Lofoten @ Girjegumpi

In the latest issue of Arkitektnytt (4/2019) we spy Layered Landscapes Lofoten on the shelf in Joar Nango's amazing Girjegumpi project - traveling the world in this nomadic library, this winter in Jokkmokk, going to Chicago and Ottawa in the fall.


Layered Landscapes Lofoten - book review

Review of Layered Landscapes Lofoten in the April 2019 issue of "Reviewer's Bookwatch" magazine (The Midwest Book Review) by Willis M. Buhle:

Critique: A densely and impressively informative work of experience based collaborative scholarship, "Layered Landscapes Lofoten: Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change" is a unique, seminal and unreservedly recommended addition to professional and academic library collections.

Layered Landscapes Lofoten in Barcelona

Thanks to El Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) and ACTAR publishers for inviting us, to Marina Cervera and Ricardo Devesa for interesting and highly relevant reflections and conversation - and to all of you who attended, asked questions and discussed with us.


Layered Landscapes Lofoten @ Catalunya Radio

Layered Landscapes Lofoten
is mentioned as one of the 'recomanacions literàries d'arquitectura' at Catalunya Radio (about 14:15).


Layered Landscapes Lofoten @ Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya

Monday April 15 at 19.00, we will give a lecture at COAC Barcelona, followed by a conversation with Marina Cervera, architect and director of Barcelona International Biennial of Landscape Architecture, and Ricardo Devesa, architect and editor-in-chief at Actar Publishers.


Layered Landscapes Lofoten around the world

Layered Landscapes Lofoten is travelling the world: here seen in Livraria AeFaup (Porto), laCapell (Barcelona), Joar Nango's nomadic library Girjegumpi (here in Jokkmokk) and at the 107th ACSA Annual Meeting | BLACK BOX (Pittsburgh).


Imbrication by John Pløger

Now you can read John Pløger's text on Imbrication: The Connections of City and Landscape from Layered Landscapes Lofoten on urbanNext:



Ornithological Map + Diversity of Nature

Student projects from Layered Landscapes Lofoten by Victoria H H Storemyr and Ingeleiv Andrea Utne Midtun are published on urbanNext:




Book launch and talk

This week's newsletter from ACTAR, including info on the Layered Landscapes Lofoten book launch at BAS:


Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change

Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change discusses approaches towards landscapes under pressure and transformation, and the importance of unprejudiced and experimental investigations to reveal its natural and cultural complexity.

The book aims to challenge internalized concepts about how landscapes are considered and investigated, to open for alternative research, and legitimize subjective, singular and experimental approaches as valid and appreciated as a foundation for an informed process. These approaches take into consideration both the landscape and the practices taking place in the landscape, that are consistently full of individual and collective stories and experiences — the complexity created in both time and space, which influences our societies not only as traces of historical events, but as present realities and even expectations and what is to become.

Under the concepts of complexity, imbrication, vulnerability, fieldwork, flexibility and reorientation ideas are developed, all based in the contemporary and historic layers of the dramatic and contested landscapes of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway — where pressure from political decisions and structural changes, increasing tourism, a potential new oil industry and uncontrollable global forces’ impact on nature and societies and cause continuous transformation and alteration of landscapes and topography, surrounding the traditional and modern fishing communities.

Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change
is based on the master studio Layered Landscapes Lofoten conducted at Bergen School of Architecture during the spring semester 2017.

Contributing to the book are:
Cecilie Andersson, Master of Architecture, PhD in Urban Planning and rector at Bergen School of Architecture
Tone Megrunn Berge, Master of Architecture and partner of Kaleidoscope Nordic
Anne Katrine Dolven, Artist based in Lofoten and London and former Professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Anniken Førde, Dr.Polit in Community Planning and Cultural Understanding and Associate Professor of Community Planning at the University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway
Karoline Kalstveit, Master of Architecture
John Pløger, Dr.Art and Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Agder
Marianne Lucie Skuncke, Master of Architecture
Hermod Torbjørnson, Local expert, Fredvang, Lofoten
Trond Waage, Ph.D in Social Anthropology with specialization in Visual Anthropology and Associate Professor of Visual Cultural Studies at the University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway

and of course the students:
Anders Dommerud Tellefsen, Andreas Tveit, Anna Liisa Saavaste, Arne Magnar S. Nordhammer, Arnulf Mårdalen Hasle, Christian Solbakken, Eva Bull, Ingeleiv Andrea Utne Midtun, Jøran Sofie Olsen Bjørshol, Lara Engelking, Lassi Tulonen, Livie Avo Johansen, Maria Eugenia Salazar Rocha, Matt Breton-Honeyman, Pernille Kleppan Mørch, Pia Eide, Soheil Hivad Nabi, Stefanie Klem, Sum Ping Wong, Stephanie Steriotis, Stine Elise Kristoffersen, Sveinung Grøneng Havn and Victoria Helene Storemyr.

Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change is published by ACTAR publishers, and is available in selected bookstores worldwide, on amazon, and in Norway and Sweden at Adlibris.

Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change



Layered Landscapes Lofoten is one of the projects presented in the magazine DET DU SER published by the Cultural Business Development Foundation SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, with the message:

Kulturnæringsstiftelsen takker for seg med et fargerikt webmagasin vi har kalt DET DU SER. Magasinet inneholder rundt 30 saker om kulturell og kreativ næring - inklusive feature, portretter, fag- og debattstoff, samt kunstneriske innslag.
DET DU SER oppsummerer noen av de viktigste erfaringene fra stiftelsens virke. Formålet er å skape fokus på og debatt omkring betydningen av kulturelle og kreative næringer.
Les og la deg begeistre, og del og kommenter for å fremme kunnskap om disse svært viktige sektorene!

Read the magazine as pdf here: DET DU SER


Girjegumpi Layered Landscapes

Happy to be part of Joar Nango's nomadic library Girjegumpi, here at Jokkmokk winter market.


Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change

Best news of the New Year so far: the first copies of our book Layered Landscapes Lofoten - understanding of complexity, otherness and change arrived fresh from the printer today, and we are really excited and happy about it. We are the most grateful to ACTAR PUBLISHERS for their support and enthusiasm.
More about the book, where you can attend a launch or presentation and where to find it soon!


kote Lofoten

Astrid Fadnes interviewed us about our work with Fremtidens fiskevær and Layered Landscapes Lofoten for her article on the relation between tradition and development in Lofoten in magasinet kote #9


new president

Gisle Løkken of 70°N arkitektur was elected president of the National Association of Norwegian Architects this week. He will replace the current president, Alexandria Algard, from September.


Arch Moscow

We are invited by Project Baltia Magazine to participate at the exhibition and conference Cities N during the 6th Moscow Biennale of Architecture:

’Project Baltia magazine will present Cities N exhibition, dedicated to development and reconstruction of cities of Far North of Norway, Finland and Russia. For the exhibition we have chosen the projects that has positively influenced on the urban condition of Rovaniemi (Finland), Bodo and Tromso (Norway). The curators will also analyze the situation in Russian cities (Kirovsk, Kovdor, Arkhangelsk), located in the cold regions of country. The exhibition will show the works by architectural and urban design bureaus 70°N arkitektur, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa Kommandiittiyhtiö, Urbanika, Mamoshin architects and others.’

If you are anywhere near the Novaya Tretyakovka House of the Artist please come see us at today’s round table debate!


PechaKucha Night - Arctic Ocean

Oceans hold the key to the future of all life on earth. Still, we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our oceans!

Most of the Arctic is covered by ocean. Great resources, which might solve challenges such as the need for medicine, energy and food for a growing global population, can be found in the Arctic. Despite being among the cleanest and best managed oceans in the world the Arctic Ocean is affected by global problems, such as micro plastics and acidification.

What do we need to know about the Arctic Ocean to make the
best use of it, and take best care of it, for future generations? How can science and research help fill the gaps in our knowledge
about the Arctic Ocean?

Welcome to Arctic Frontiers 2018 PechaKucha session on Arctic Oceans!


Fredrik Myhre, WWF
Ordfører i Tromsø - Kristin Røymo
Francois Masonnet, Université catholique de Louvain
Letizia Tedesco, Finnish Environment Institute
Claudia Halsband, Akvaplan-niva
Luisa Christini, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Tobias Vonnahm, UiT Norges arktiske universitet
Kathy Dunlop, Akvaplan-niva
Melissa Brandner, Nord universitet
Sanna Børis Matsson, Akvaplan-nIva
Lawrence Hislop, Norwegian Polar Institute
Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes, SV - Sosialistisk Venstreparti
The event is free and open to everyone.


Invisible Grunnfør

We received a link to this commercial where spanish artists Carmen and Julian turns our Grunnfør shelter (almost) invisible:

Grunnfør shelter playing a part in this advertising #grunnfør #by_70n #70n_arkitektur #invisiblebuilding @peugeot

Et innlegg delt av 70°N arkitektur (@70n_arkitektur)


PechaKucha Night arctic

PKN is back!

Friday 27th of January, talented researchers will showcase their exciting work focusing on the Arctic.

This PechaKucha Night will take place during the Arctic Frontiers 2017 conference week. The event is organized in collaboration between Arctic Frontiers, Pecha Kucha Tromsø, Riddu Riddu Festivalla and Driv.

The event is free of charge and everyone (18+) is welcome to attend, the location is Isbjørn scene at DRIV. The Pecha Kucha Night will be followed by a concert.
Come thirsty and bring along your friends!


Layered Landscapes Lofoten

We'll be teaching a master studio at BAS this winter and spring called Layered Landscapes Lofoten

In this master studio we work with Lofoten – one of the most unique and spectacular parts of the Norwegian coast – with a long and dramatic history connected to the sea and the fisheries, and small societies vulnerable to local changes in the fisheries, global impact and structural changes. The landscape is today highly contested due to political desires to start exploiting the oil and gas resources in the region – and not least due to an increasing influx of tourists.
The studio is about research, mapping and planning – providing tools for a possible methodical approach – as an alternative to today’s institutionalized planning regime or hegemonic thinking. The intention is always to stimulate for complex understanding, critical approaches and not least – intentionally a new production of subjectivity.
The studio encourages to open mind sets that are not obvious, predefined or limiting – but always: critical, open minded and curious. This process will be stimulated through texts, literature and lecturers – and not least encounters with various people and knowledge, practices and experiences from the landscape.


Lysaker nominated

Happy to learn that our housing project at Lysaker is nominated for the Northern Norway Architecture Award! Went on a Boxing day kick-sledge tour to check it out..


Fremtidens fiskevær - Flakstad

Landing in Lofoten - we are happy to be invited to work with the highly interesting and ambitious project Fremtidens fiskevær / Fishing communities of the future, in Flakstad, Lofoten. We spent a few stormy, intense and informative days starting up the work in Ramberg, Fredvang and Napp together with the locals and rest of the team: Akvaplan Niva, NIKU, Ecofact and Multiconsult


DNA for Regjeringskvartalet

Statsbygg has selected seven teams to participate in the interdisciplinary design competition for the Norwegian Government Headquarter in Oslo. As part of TEAM DNA, 70°N has qualified for the plan- and design contest - we are happy and honoured.

Team DNA - Det Norske Arkitektkontor - gather expertise from the whole country: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø, thus contributing to a diversity of positions necessary to create a representative government quarter.

Team DNA consists of Reiulf Ramstad architects, pir II, Lala Tøyen, 3RW, Smedsvig Landskapsarkitekter, WSP Norge, Høyer Finseth, Niras, ECT,
SAAHA, Deltatek & 70°N arkitektur.


arctic agriculture

We joined Berit & Ingvill of DYRK TROMSØ to help prepare the community garden at Rambergan / Sankthanshaugen - a great project and a good day with lots of work, soup and cake!


exactitude & vagueness @ Vilnius Forum

We are invited to participate at a conference on design for children's education organized by Vilnius Academy of Arts and the Education Supply Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania - looking forward to discussing important and interesting issues with colleagues from Denmark, Estonia, Slovenia and Germany.


Gisle has left for Trondheim where he is assessing diplomas at NTNU this week, like the wooden dome by Steinar Dyvik & John Haddal Mork.


Fuzhou + Beijing

Back from China after giving lectures and talks in the context of the opening of the exhibition Contemporary Norwegian Architecture in the city of Fuzhou - including giving a TEDx talk at the Star Trekesque head quarters of NetDragon.

Cancelled flights on the way back gave the opportunity to experience Beijing by night for some hours..

Foster + partners' Beijing International Airport, the entrance to the Gùgōng / Forbidden City, Beijing National Stadium or the bird's nest by Herzog & de Meuron + Ai Weiwei and the National Aquatics Center / Water Cube by PTW architects.


Paris à l'automne

An autumnal trip to Paris included architectural experiences of both new and old favourites:

Sou Fujimoto's Many Small Cubes in Les Tuileries was part of the FIAC (hors les murs)

Fondation Cartier celebrates its 30 years with an in situ installation by Diller & Scofidio + Renfro: Ballade pour une boîte de verre / Musings on a Glass Box. It is always a pleasure to return to this early and excellent building by Jean Nouvel, and its garden and exhibitions.

Centre Pompidou of course. This time with Gehry, Duras and Duchamp..

Parisian rooftops with la Tour Eiffel in the mist was our morning view.

We were lucky to have the opportunity to experience Åsa Sonjasdotter's Haute Diversité - par le prisme de la patate at the art space le centquatre / 104, where we also found the Open Wall by Pascal Marthine Tayou and Niki de Saitn Phalle's fantastic Cabeza.
We were also happy to see that Jean-Luc Duez is still actively spreading Amour in the streets of Paris..


Trofi Teknopark

We went to see one of our projects under construction, Trofi Teknopark. This is the first office building of passive house standard in Tromsø and after quite some work it is very soon to be finalized.


maisema 3.0 - there are (still) no maps..

Gisle gives a lecture, presenting a selection of our work in northern landscapes, at the landscape conference maisema 3.0 in Helsinki this Friday (October 10).


when in venice

We're back from our study trip to Venice with lots of impressions and inspiration from the Biennale, and the city itself.

Always a pleasure to visit the Nordic Pavilion by Sverre Fehn.

Venice on water - narrow canals and the lagoon.

Our venetian home.

More pics at @70N_arkitektur instagram.



While traveling the Lofoten islands this week for some site inspection we came across this person using the rest area in Torvdalshalsen in the best possible way - dancing..!

Photo by Steinar Skaar, see our pics on instagram: @70N_arkitektur.