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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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..
More pics at @70N_arkitektur instagram.
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.
Kristján: Reorientation, tie up loose ends
Eimear: Reorientation - Image and Language in Kautokeino
Joanna: Reorientation in feeding freedom
Vlad: Living through the landscape
Bowen: Reorientating Biedjovággi
Ronald: Siida conflicts and sámi reindeer concepts
Victoria: Temporality of Reindeer Herders' Taskscapes
Sun: Farming wetland - Reorientation landscape in Kautokeino area
Ona: Reorientating the Kautokeino common
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
Follow the studio and the students' work here!
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/
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
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 email@example.com - today..!
If you want to print, cut and fold your own booklet you can download the pdf here:
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:
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!
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.