2014/08/20

archidance

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.

2014/07/25

cover house

We are happy to see our bicycle house at Grunnfør, Lofoten, on the cover of D2 - it is presented along with several other National Tourist Routes projects inside the magazine.



2014/06/12

fab FBAB

We are happy to annnounce that we have been awarded a honorary mention for our entry in the competition Fremtidens Bæredygtige Almene Bolig (Sustainable Social Housing for the Future).


See our proposal and read the jury report:

Forslaget giver et radikalt bud på fremtidens bæredygtige almene bolig. Her er det at bo bæredygtigt lig med nye rumlige oplevelser og en meget eksponeret kontakt til himlen, lyset og luften og ikke mindst naboerne og forbipasserende.

Bebyggelsen og boligerne tager udgangspunkt i drivhuset som en ydre klimazone, der muliggør en mere åben og fri disponering af de indre elementer, hvilket resulterer i en meget let, lys, varierende og rummelig indre arkitektur. Til selve boligdelen lægger der sig et stort drivhus, som deles med naboen.

Konceptet bygger på skuldrende af tidligere årtiers eksperimenteren med ydre glaskonstruktioner, der åbner for mellemklimazoner og har stor herlighedsværdi i ydresæsonerne.

Det fremstår som et meget seriøst og gennemarbejdet bud, som særligt skiller sig ud i en meget detaljeret og fascinerende beskrivelse af halm som byggemateriale.

Bebyggelsen forestilles bygget af og beklædt med lokalt dyrket og høstet halm, som både bruges lodret bærende, fugthåndterende og lyd- og brandisolerende.


Dommerkomiteen vurderer, at forslaget er et både fascinerende, anderledes og velargumenteret bud på en fremtidig bæredygtig boform og præmieres for det visionære niveau.


2014/05/28

architourism

This week we participate at the ARCHITOURISM conference in Mashhad, Iran, discussing landscape / tourism / architecture.

2014/04/09

Москва meeting


Back in Москва! - presenting and discussing planning and urban development with Moscow Region department for architecture and planning.

2014/03/15

the right to the city

Arkitektur N #1 2014 includes Gisle's review of Peter Schultz Jørgensen's comprehensive, enlightening, reflective and engaging story about creativity, structures and forces at work in today's New York - 600 pages well worth reading!

2014/01/29

Constructions of North
landscape / imagery / society


Thursday January 23 the fourth conference on northern landscapes in connection with the Arctic Frontiers took place. After a welcoming introduction by Janike Kampevold Larsen the following speakers, and moderator Andrew Morrison, contributed to a highly inspirational and interesting day:

William L. Fox - Backwards Landscape the Reading

Johan Schimanski - Constructing imagery, narratives of the Arctic

Stepa Mitaki - Inspiring citizens to change Murmansk through participatory planning

Kathleen John-Alder - The House We Live In: Ian McHarg’s Adaptable Concept of Habitat

Aileen A. Espiritu - Shifting rhetoric – From Barents to Arctic

Stine Barlindhaug - Constructing cultural landscapes through participatory mapping

Silje Figenschou Thoresen - The Indigenuity Project, Improvised design in Sápmi

Arvid Viken - Construction of knowledge: Tourism, research, and governmental institutions building Svalbard as image and place

Larissa Riabova and Vladimir Didyk - Arctic Single-Industry Towns in Russia: social problems, ways to solve them and the role of resource corporations

2014/01/28

Finnmark field work

Kautokeino church / the ice building / snowmobile trip with Johan Anders Somby / bidos & lavvúliving / guides Elinor Strifeldt & Odd Mathis Hætta at the 0-point / Alta river & dam / below: the travellers



Follow the studio and the students' work here!

2014/01/08

Constructions of North

Landscapes come down to us thick with the sediments of culture. In other words: Landscapes and territories are cultural products. Our conception of them is formed by image building, values, rhetorics, and politics. All of these have contributed strongly to conceptions of the Arctic through time, from ancient myths of Thule, through myths of exploration, to present days arguments for exploitation and preservation. This seminar invites local and international researchers and experts to explore the agency of imagery in a changing Arctic.


As large areas in the Arctic and Sub Arctic are being turned over into extraction territories, energy spaces and landscapes for tourism activities, stories and mythologies about the north continue to build. The new industries that are gaining foothold in Arctic territories are working within a certain framework of conceptualized understanding of the north as a new commodified landscape. On the other hand, social research brings forth knowledge from local practices as well as the human scale and social aspects of a region in rapid change. Mapping techniques contribute at the same time to render a more diverse and valid image of traditional landscapes, allowing for an extended and novel understanding of them.




This 2014 side-event to the Arctic Frontiers conference, arranged by the Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies, discusses the construction of landscapes, social conditions and imagery in the Arctic. Different construction strategies will be discussed by a wide range of scholars:
Janike Kampevold Larsen, William L. Fox, Johan Schimanski, Stepa Mitaki, Kathleen John-Alder, Aileen A. Espiritu, Stine Barlindhaug, Silje Figenschou Thoresen, Arvid Viken, Larissa Riabova, Vladimir Didyk and Andrew Morrison.


Program as pdf.


For info on the main conference and to register please see www.arcticfrontiers.com/


2014/01/03

enter Biedjovággi

Monday the students at the Tromsø Academy for Landscape and Territorial Studies (TACL) will start the winter master studio, Focal Point Biedjovággi, with a trip to Alta, Kautokeino and Biedjovággi. Follow, and comment, our work at: focalpointb.blogspot.com.


Pics from the trip continuously published at instagram: @70N_arkitektur

2013/12/25

2013/12/04

arkkitehtuurin osasto

Gisle is back from Oulu where he's been teaching a student workshop on building in the high north at the department of architecture.

2013/12/02

Focal Point Biedjovággi

We'll be teaching a master studio called Focal Point Biedjovággi at the Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies, starting January 6. There might still be some places left for interested and committed students, then contact studieinfo@aho.no - today..!



If you want to print, cut and fold your own booklet you can download the pdf here:

2013/11/28

70°N instants

70°N is now on instagram.

Follow us there, we are @70N_arkitektur and are using hashtags #70N_ontour / #chez_70N / #by_70N / #70N_arkitektur / #facadeloving / #reflectionobsession etc.

Starting the 70°N instagram experience with a recent trip to Milan:


there might also soon be insta- and regram pics from Copenhagen:


trips to London:


or Moscow:


and other travels, to Vienna or Vietnam for instance:


some everyday life in Tromsø:


in the landscape:


possibly some 70°N architecture:


office life and projects:


and more - so, see you at instagram!



2013/10/16

visitor #13 - footnote #9

Our work, footnote #9, is now published on the web-page in progress there is a visitor #13. The beautiful pics are by Jann Lipka.

2013/09/21

r/evolutionary narratives - associative stories from the albino/melanino animals in the State Darwin Museum at the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

r a k e t a, a free flying free falling, interdisciplinary, collaborative institute based in Stockholm, invited us to take part in the exhibition 'Visitor #13 / Nursing Nature, Nature Nursing - footnotes in the Darwin Museum' at the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, along with an international group of artists.

Our piece is called r/evolutionary narratives - associative stories from the albino/melanino animals and consists of a printed, transparent, adhesive film mounted on the albino/melanino animals’ showcase. Our work includes a mapping of the exposed albino/melanino animals: their origins, their dates of life and death, their way into the museum. All this information and yet other linked to facts, myths, scientific ideas and stories around the exposed species have found their place in the graphic representation.


Darwin’s Tree of life evolves into a Rhizome of life - a non-hierarchic system, where inheritance occurs in all directions, vertically and laterally, with innumerable crossings and interconnections.

There is neither a beginning nor an end to the mystery of existence. In a Pattern of Thought, any point can lead to yet another, following lines of flight that lead far away from the initial point of randomness.

By following and cultivating the imaginary with an open attitude, and freely connect facts, myths and fiction, new associative narrations form.

Two black wolves in Moscow can take us on an imaginary journey far away from their home in the Darwin museum. Their tales of historical events, scientific ideas, geographic localities and personal destinies form a complex cartography. As old fairy tales and myths served a mission in an unenlightened society, these new narrations open for interpretations into a present reality, and the dichotomy linked to valuation of diversity and otherness.




Some pics from the opening: B+M of 70°N together with the r a k e t a team, the State Darwin team, museum director Anna Klukina, counsellor for cultural affairs at Sweden’s embassy in Moscow Mårten Frankby, and visitors.

2013/09/07

new, new, new!

So, lots of news this autumn:

- new web-page, still under construction so..

..some things will be altered
..a few things will be adjusted
..a lot of things will be added


..but, WELCOME to our new site!

- new location, also here we're in the process of altering, adjusting and adding..


..but again, WELCOME to our new studio in the Karl Johan building at Grønnegata 38-46!


- and as you can see this blog is also in change, we'll see how it ends up this time..

2013/09/01

move

2013/08/15

Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies

We are happy that the Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies, TACL, is now officially opened.

After a very nice opening ceremony we were allowed to pay a visit in the soon to be finished new premises of the TACL program in the Mack building.

Some of the people behind the implementation of the Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies at the premises of the new master program:

Gisle Løkken (architect at 70°N and teacher at TACL), Janike Kampevold Larsen (Associate Professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape and coordinator for TACL), Karl Otto Ellefsen (rector at AHO), Ulf Christensen (prev. rector of HiTø) and Alice Labadini (PhD research fellow at AHO and teacher at TACL).

And we are looking forward to meeting the students from all over the world at the master studio Focal Point Biedjovággi that we will teach this winter.

2013/07/09

from Russia with love

Magdalena is spending some hot summer days at the Winzavod Centre for contemporary Art in Moscow giving a lecture and tutoring at a workshop. Together with representatives from the regional and educational ministries, the World Bank, developers and other international architects and experts there was also a highly interesting press-conference given on the theme of the future for russian kindergartens: existing situation, problems, experiences, hopes, influences, demands, possibilities etc..


This was of course also a good opportunity to pay a visit to the construction site of our collaboration project with Krost: a kindergarten / school in the neighborhood of Khoroshevo-Mnevniki where we have been consulting the russian developer to find new solutions and possibilities to both interpret and challenge the very strict and archaic russian building code. The kindergarten / school is to be finished in just a few weeks, and ready to welcome the children and staff..!