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17 April, 2024

10.00 – 15.00

Doctoral Defense: Hannes Zander


Hannes Zander from the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape will defend his doctoral thesis ‘A Landscape Approach. Reading a Geographic Context Through Multiple Dimensions: The Case of the Hexi Corridor Region in China’s Northwestern Gansu Province‘.   Read more »

18 April, 2024

10.00 – 15.00

PhD Midway Seminar

Seminar|AHO library

At the seminar, three PhD fellows: Ida Højlund Rasmussen, Violaine Forsberg Mussault and Vignir Freyr Helgasonwill present their research: Read more »

Past events (53)

6 March, 2024

15.00 – 17.00

Seminar|Arctíc [Un]Límíted, Storgata 108, Tromsø

I mars 1990 var Tromsø vertsby for den internasjonale Winter Cities-konferansen. Under temaet “Varme Vinterbyer”, samlet ordførere, planleggere, arkitekter, byboere og andre seg for å diskutere vinterbyløsninger på tvers av fagfelt og landegrenser. Konferansen ble omtalt som et vinter-OL i miniatyr og året 1990 som et gullår for Tromsø, med en rekke arrangementer om det å bo i kaldt klima. Boligutstillingen “Bo i Nord” ble bygget og utstilt parallelt, for å vise frem de nyeste løsningene for klimatilpasset arkitektur, og står i dag (34 år etter) igjen som et vitne om de travle vinterdagene i Tromsø.  Read more »

24 November, 2022

17.30 – 19.00

Sophie Watson: City Water Matters

Lecture|AHO, A2

The lecture is organized by AHO’s Videreutdanningsmaster i urbanisme / The Executive Master in Urbanism and OCULS: The Oslo Center for Urban and Landscape S Read more »

16 December, 2022

09.00 – 12.00

Doctoral thesis defence: Qing Cao


Qing Cao will defend his PhD thesis “The Banwan Project, from experiment to model?” on December 16th. The defence will be in English. The title of the trial lecture will be: “Characteristics, role and problems of a model for Chinese rural village development – its actors and agency”. You can read the thesis here. Please note that the defence will be online. Read more »

9 December, 2022

10.00 – 16.00

Doctoral thesis defence: Morgan Ip


Morgan Ip will defend his PhD thesis “Urban Futures in the North – A Collective Imagination of an Arctic Borderland” at AHO on December 9th. The defence starts at 12.00. The title of the trial lecture will be: “Hyperlandscape as an interpretive concept for imagining Arctic futures within architectural and urban practice”.   Read more »

24 June, 2022

10.00 – 15.00

Disputas: Anne-Kristine Kronborg


Anne-Kristine Kronborg forsvarer sin doktoravhandling “Å reise noe nytt og bedre… Om arkitektur og politikk 1935–1940 ” for PhD-graden ved AHO fredag den 24 juni kl 10.00. Disputasen vil foregå på norsk. Read more »

6 May, 2021

09.00 – 18.00

Contradictions Shaping Urban Futures (EURA conference)

Conference|Zoom (sign up for free on website)

At a time when an increasing share of the global population is living in urban areas, there is a need to re-examine the role(s) cities take in coping with contemporary challenges and contradictions. Read more »

11 February, 2020

12.30 – 13.30

Reconceptualising and responding to urban crises: Researcher-practitioner reflections on innovation, culture and transformative urban practices

Seminar|World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi

The Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at AHO will participate at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) in Abu Dhabi between 8-13 February 2020 and co-host the side-event 56 ‘Reconceptualising and responding to urban crises: Researcher-practitioner reflections on innovation, culture and transformative urban practices’. Read more »

23 October, 2019

08.30 – 18.00

Brytninger i norsk urbanisme

Seminar|AHO, Auditorium A2/A3

Karl Otto Ellefsen, en nestor i norsk byplanlegging, går over i rollen som professor emeritus i høst. I den forbindelse arrangeres konferansen Brytninger i norsk urbanisme. Vi spør hva som kjennetegner dagens norske urbanisme og byutvikling. Videre diskuterer vi hvilke utfordringer norsk urbanisme og byutvikling står overfor. Konferansen er et samarbeid mellom Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo (AHO) og Oslo Arkitekturtriennale 2019 (OAT). Arkitekturtriennalens hovedtematikk om degrowth vil med dette bli aktualisert med et særskilt fokus på urbanisme, byutvikling og spørsmålet om bærekraft. Påmelding: https://nettskjema.no/a/125236#/page/1 Read more »

4 June, 2019

13.00 – 15.00

Kick-off seminar Displacement, placemaking and wellbeing in the city

Seminar|Migration Institute of Finland, Eerikinkatu 34, Turku

An international consortium project Displacement, placemaking and wellbeing in the city examines a growing global phenomenon: protracted displacement centering on urban environments. It utilizes collaboration between social scientists and humanitarian architects to study ways in which people make urban spaces into places of belonging, participation and wellbeing in conditions of scarcity and inequality. The project compares diverse urban settings from town to megacity in India, Finland, Norway and the UK. At a kick-off seminar held at the Migration Institute of Finland 4 June, Professor Laura Huttunen (TaU) gives a talk on home-making in migratory contexts, while Senior Research Fellow Tiina-Riitta Lappi and Architect, Researcher Morgan Ip present Finnish and Norwegian case-studies set in Oslo and Helsinki Metropolitan regions. Read more »

30 October, 2019

Conference session: Cities in Transit(ion) – Displacement and Placemaking

Conference|OsloMet Pilestrede

Migration continues to have a powerful influence around the world, and cities fulfill an ever-increasing role in accepting and integrating displaced persons. Cities offer economic and social opportunities, however, they can also be places of rising inequalities, deprivation, isolation, and exploitation. Greater understanding is hence needed of the ways in which people succeed or fail to make urban spaces into places of belonging, participation, and wellbeing. This will require attention to the placemaking processes and practices that structure refugees’ and forced migrants’ political, social and economic citizenship, access to livelihood opportunities, connections with existing communities and, ultimately, to define and achieve a ‘right to the city’. 30-31 October, 2019 Read more »

23 November, 2018

09:00 – 16:30

AHO/CAFA PhD colloquium


Joint PhD seminar on rural China and the development of Chinese villages, as part of the collaboration between Central Academy of Fine Arts – CAFA – Architecture, Beijing and the Institute of urbanism and landscape, AHO. Read more »

27 April, 2018

08.30 – 10.00

Frokostseminar: Urbane utfordringer og fleksible byer

Seminar|AHO, Kantinen

Befolkningsøkning, klimaendringer og migrasjon inngår i framtidige urbane prosesser som vi ikke fullt ut kan forutse. Smarte byer og digitale løsningers bidrag til effektivitet og klimatilpasset byutvikling blir ofte trukket fram som svar på slike utfordringer. Men kan et ensidig fokus på digitalisering føre til at vi overser andre måter å løse problemene på? Kan fleksibilitet være ledesnor i møte med en usikker urban fremtid? Hvordan ser ‘fleksibilitet’ ut i møte med urbane utfordringer knyttet til energiforsyning, byplanlegging, deltakelse og inkludering? Read more »

22 November, 2017

08.30 – 17.00


Seminar|Grand Hotel, Vardø

Hosted by the Future North research project at AHO, and inspired by the work and support of Vardø Restored, the Futures Seminar will feature recent research and that that is the process of development and emergence. Read more »

27 September, 2017

16.00 – 18.00


Seminar|Nordic Edge: Stavanger Forum

Is a digital city a Smart City? Through this parallel session, DOGA and AHO wants to discuss the implications of a new urban development that is high on technology, while what the inhabitants may really need, are low key urban spaces. Through this, we hope to show the importance and the use of the tools that come from the field of design and architecture. Read more »

26 April, 2017

14.00 – 16.00


Seminar|AHO Board Room

OCULS invites all AHO researchers (including PhDs) to a small seminar on Impact in Research. This event is related to the ongoing research review at AHO: ‘Quality for Impact’. Read more »

24 February, 2017

10 – 16

Doctoral Thesis Defence: Alice Labadini

Lecture|A2 - Sverre Fehn

Alice Labadini​ is set to defend her PhD thesis  “Immaterial Landscapes. Formulating the Intangible in Northern Landscapes” at AHO on Friday 24th February, 2017. Read more »

25 January, 2017

09.00 – 15.00

THE ECOLOGY OF PLACE – Seminar on nature in the city

Seminar|Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Room A3 (Christian Norberg-Schulz)

One-day interdisciplinary seminar considering topics such as: What is nature in the city? and How doe the different relevant disciplines understand ecosystems and ecological functions in the urban landscape, and how can we share insights and methods? Read more »

23 October, 2016

12 – 16

Det fremtidige Arktis – Ressurser, landskap og politikk


Land- og havområder, byer og tettsteder i Arktis er under stort press fra utviklingskrefter og politiske posisjonering. Hvilke krefter er i sving og hvordan fører de til forandringer for befolkningene og områdene i nord? Norske Arktis-forskere fra ulike fagfelt diskuterer hva som vil og kan skje i Det Nye Arktis. Read more »

29 September, 2016

13.00 – 14.00

Fra digitale tjenester til byliv


Hva slags urbane tjenester vil fremtidens digitale by gi opphav til? Hvordan tenke bykulturen som en ressurs for utvikling av nye digitale tjenester? Read more »

7 September, 2016

08.30 – 16.00

Symposium: Experimental Ecosystem Accounting for Greater Oslo

Seminar|Oslo Research Park

The symposium is organized by the URBAN-EEA project, which demonstrates synergies between experimental ecosystem accounting (EEA) for the national system of economic and environmental accounts (SEEA), and municipal level mapping of urban ecosystems and their services to the population. Open meeting, please CONFIRM PARTICIPATION to david.barton@nina.no Read more »

8 February, 2016

15.00 –

Longyearbyen som by og Svalbard som flytende territorium

Exhibition|The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

Forskere, arkitektur- og landskapsarkitekturstudenter fra Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen I Oslo og Universitetet I Tromsø har studert Longyearbyen som sted og Svalbard som territorium. Studierne og forslagene til utvikling af Longyearbyen utstilles på UNIS fra mandag d. 8. til torsdag d. 11. februar Mandag d. 8. Februar kl. 15 (på UNIS) presenteres studierne og forslagene for Statsbygg, konsulenter og lokale aktørgrupper som  arbeider med Utviklingsplan for forskningsparken og Longyearbyen. Møtet er åpent for alle som ønsker å overvære presentasjonen. Read more »

23 October, 2015

12.00 – 18.00

Future North: Svalbard

Seminar|AHO - Auditorium 3 - Christian Norberg-Schulz

Researchers from the Future North project will present ongoing research on Longyearbyen, Svalbard and the Barents Region. Read more »

25 April, 2015

09:30 – 18:00

Re-designing the Gap: Urbanization between Formal Institutions and Informal Dynamics

Conference|Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo

The Institute or Urbanism and Landscape and CSMN (University of Oslo) brings together theorists and practitioners in the fields of architecture as well as the natural and the social sciences, for a one-day conference in Oslo. We live in cities. What kind of environment and livable conditions can our cities offer in the future? We want to explore in this seminar how urbanism and architecture may contribute to a sustainable future for our cities by operating intelligently in the space between grassroots initiatives and top-down approaches. We shall explore the potential of a more active role for the architect as both a mediator and a key agent in shaping the future. How can the many individual design-oriented, bottom-up initiatives add up to a movement of change? What policy changes would support all these initiatives, and also maximize the capabilities of design to secure basic needs and improve the urban environment. The conference is open to the general public     Read more »

18 November, 2014

10.00 – 17.00

PhD Defence: Guro Voss Gabrielsen

Talk|AHO - Auditorium Sverre Fehn

“Groruddalen; Oslos vakreste verkebyll? Problemrepresentasjoner og stedsforståelser i Groruddalssatsingen” The thesis explores an ongoing urban regeneration project in Groruddalen, Oslo. By a joint venture from the state and the city, more than 100 000 000 NOK are invested annually in the effort of creating better living conditions in the valley. The thesis examines structures within the organisation and implementation of the project, and discusses this kind of urban planning so increasingly popular all over Europe. The case of Groruddalen shows that old social and institutional structures still operates in contemporary urban planning even if much of the rhetoric is new. By document studies and qualitative interviews with various stakeholders in the process, it becomes visible to what extent the Groruddalen Integrated Urban Regeneration Project is vulnerable to the body of international critique of this type of urban planning. Program 10.00: Prøveforelesning Velkommen Introduksjon ved seremonimester, instituttleder Marianne Skjulhaug, Institutt for urbanisme og landskap, AHO Kandidaten holder prøveforelesning med tittelen: “Diskuter hvordan “empowerment”-tankegangen i planleggings- og aksjonsforskningsorienterte tilnærminger kan anvendes i analyser av problempresentasjoner og steds-forståelser i områdesatsinger. Hvilke bidrag ville slike tilnærminger kunne gi til din analyse av Groruddalssatsingen?” (45 minutter) *** Pause *** 12.00: Disputas Bedømmelseskomiteen presenterer evalueringen av prøveforelesningen Kandidaten presenterer avhandlingen: Groruddalen; Oslos vakreste verkebyll? Problemrepresentasjoner og stedsforståelser i Groruddalssatsingen (20 minutter) Førsteopponent  Professor John Andersen *** Pause *** Spørsmål ex auditorio Andreopponent  Professor Britt Engan Dale ***  Pause *** Evaluering: Bedømmelseskomiteen presenterer den endelige evalueringen av kandidatens forsvar   Adjudication committee: John Andersen, professor, Institut for Miljø, Samfund og Rumlig Forandring, Roskilde Universitet, Danmark Britt Engan Dale, professor, Geografisk institutt, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, forsker II, Norsk institutt for by- og regionforskning, NIBR, Oslo Supervisor: Jonny Aspen Read more »

3 April, 2012

Landscapes of Energy


The seminar explores physical landscapes of energy such as mining, oil extraction and road construction, as well as immaterial energies in landscapes; i. e. those produced in and by lived landscape practices such as fishing, birds in flight, mobile networks. The contemporary landscape is seen as a field where human intervention, production, practices and imaginations intersect with ecological and material processes and presence. Documentation practices and mapping strategies are seminal to the exploration and conceptualization of new landscapes, and the conference brings together educators, researchers, writers, and practitioners in landscape architecture, architecture, archaeology and media arts involved in developing documentations practices in the contemporary landscape and its social, geological, ecological and infrastructural presence. Read more »

24 January, 2013

09.00 – 17.00

Contested Landscapes – Lost Ecologies

Conference|University of Tromsø

Janike Kampevold Larsen together with Gisle Løkken organised the conference as a side event to the Arctic Frontiers conference at the University of Tromsø. Speakers at the event include key international contacts of the Future North project. Read more »

22 January, 2015

Future North session at Arctic Frontiers


What are the current and potential issues and questions of the circumpolar North concerning landscape as well as culture? How will they be addressed in the years ahead? Within what frameworks can they be anticipated, and productively so? How do our actions today as citizens, communities, educators and researchers contribute to shaping the North of the future with a particular focus on its societies, cultures, landscapes and industries?   Read more »

28 May, 2014

Inhabiting Change + Turning at the Limits of the World

Performance|Oslo, Tromsø, Vardø, Kirkenes, Öndverðarnes

Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse of Smudge Studio will be Inhabiting Change in Oslo and Tromsø and Turning at the Limits of the World in West Iceland, Vardø and Kirkenes in Northern Norway. Through a practice of Performative Research—a hybrid of aesthetic work and knowledge production—Smudge Studio forms part of the Future North experimental mapping of agencies of landscape and communities in the High North. Read more »