What are the potentials in shopping centre construction in small and medium sized Norwegian towns, and in particular, how do new shopping centres influence the development of public urban space and the perception, liveliness and attractiveness of city centres? The text sums up findings from an Urban Design studio, which was a collaboration between The Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway and the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
Last week, at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, the sidebar conference Constructions of North was held. This all-day event explored both physical and imaginary outcomes from nine researchers working on, in, or near the Arctic region. The rich talks covered political, economic, and aesthetic means of understanding our conception of the north.