This PhD project sets out to investigate conditions that support interaction among strangers in urban public space.
The dissertation project is a regional study of the Hexi Corridor in China’s northwestern Gansu province—a culturally and geopolitically significant zone known as the ‘golden sector’ of the Historic Silk Road. The multi-scalar research includes cartographic mapping, fieldwork, and the visual documentation of individual sites and projects.
The project focuses on how digital technologies and media enable new ways of designing urban services and positively affect issues of urban liveability, sustainability, design and governance of cities and urban space.
This research investigates how forcibly displaced people become part of cities, in ways that sustainably contribute to economic development, cultural advancement and wellbeing.
The project maps and investigates existing and potential vitality of remote Arctic communities, with fieldwork to be completed in the Barents region, and in particular in the Varangerfjord Region (Vardø, Kirkenes) of the Kingdom of Norway, and in the Murmansk Oblast of the Russian Federation (Murmansk, Nikel).
This project will investigate evaluation of architectural aesthetics in building permit applications.
Improving the decision-support relevance for municipal planning and policy.
The project seeks to extend knowledge of High Arctic coastlines with a specific focus on the spatial, temporal and material engagement and experience of its inhabitants.
At present the Circumpolar North provides a unique laboratory for studying future landscapes of production, infrastructure, excavation, and environmental change.
En analyse av metoder og verktøy for sivilsamfunnsmobilisering, innbyggerinvolvering og medvirkning i kommunale planprosesser, by- og stedsutviklingsprosjekt
This research project explores the potential of a more active role for the architect as a mediator and a key agent in shaping the future, and study innovations in urban practice. How may urbanists and architects contribute to a sustainable future for our cities by operating intelligently in the space between grassroots initiatives and top-down approaches?
Invisible Infrastructures: Assessing socioecological transformations in the postindustrial metropolis
This cross-disciplinary project seeks to find new methods of research and develop the way we understand change and injustice in the city. A chief aim of the project is to develop new tools and methods to gain this understanding, based on a cross disciplinary and collaborative approach.
This project studies how the location of dwellings differs in order to look for patterns in the relationships between the attributes of location and housing prices.
The project investigates the peri-urban landscape. It is a contentious zone where traditional land-uses meets industry, infrastructural expansion and urban development.
The project focuses on landscape in relation to the project of the metropolis – the possibility of imagining and realizing a coherent form and image of the space of inhabitation. The project proposes the image of Oslo Water Metropolis , as a tool for elaborate descriptions and projections that are able to inspire visions, projects and policies. The aim is to stimulate a dialogue in the Oslo region, to transfer knowledge from relevant experiences and models, and to invite experts and regional actors to engage in a research-by-design.
This project examins how urban planners go about when representing the city.
The project explores the correlation between the layout and architecture of places used for both displaced persons and their hosts, and suggests inclusionary programmatic and spatial solutions in future responses to urban displacement. The research concerns the role and design of public spaces in urban life. It explores the application of urban design and architectural practices in crises contexts and contingency planning and asks what architects and urbanists can learn from studying displacement situations.
The SUV project (Stimulating the Uptake of Autonomous Vehicles by Local Authorities) provides cities and regions with the right tools and practices to prepare their urban developments for the introduction of autonomous vehicles. It aims to connect and enhance sustainable mobility and city/regional planning to understand the actions needed to maximise the benefits autonomous vehicles can offer society.
Through multi-sited analysis of the ecocultural footprint of a copper-mine prospect affecting both coastal and pastoral communities in Finnmark, the thesis addresses the prospects for re-productive landscapes, Sámi reindeer husbandry, coastal fishery, and outfield environments in the context of Scandinavian policies for industrial mining.
How is urbanization transforming a high mountain territory in China? While heavy urbanization has already happened, how can a landscape informed perspective open for an alternative way of reading and intervening in vulnerable alpine landscapes?
The thesis will study how relocations and movement patterns of programs moving from the inner city parts are manifested in a new peri- urban context of the Oslo Region.
This research is a critical analysis of the production of residential habitats in a rapidly transforming urban context. The investigation unpacks the underlying mechanisms and outcomes of urban residential transformation in Nairobi, Kenya, with a focus on its western residential suburb. It seeks to establish novel perspectives for comprehending and contemplating the dynamic urban phenomenon.
Chinese urbanization gained speed three decades ago and the momentum is continuing. After years of huge amounts of constructions and migration, a new strategy that places more emphasis on small and medium sized cities and towns is introduced by the central government. Within this blue print, future urbanization in small places is planned to account for up to half of the total urbanization volume. My research is about the urbanization process in the smallest urban form: the township and villages. In order to achieve this objective, I pick one specific place as the site for a case study in this empirical research.
YOUrban is a research project into social media, design and the city. It investigates tools and means to creating engagement and a sense of ownership and responsibility towards our physical, social and cultural world.
In the endeavor to create an urban environment that is perceived as appealing by the established and culturally oriented middle class, earlier successes are unscrupulously copied: A prominent cultural building signed by a star architect, a promenade for sophisticated walk and a couple of delicious restaurants and cafes. The result is a kind of Zombie Urbanism where standardized perceptions dominate.