When children order architecture, the results will be unexpected and fantastic. In the exhibition Building Blocks the children are the bosses. 

The exhibition’s amazing rooms in full size invite the public to investigate every nook and cranny.  Building Blocks voices the children’s ideas concretely, physically as built space. What happens when children and youngsters work with architects to shape their ideas?

Six groups of children and teenagers from 8 to 16, from Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo get architects to work with. Together they create sketches that the architects turn into drawings for the buildings to be put up at DogA, The Norwegian Design and Architecture Centre in Oslo autumn 2011.

Empower weak voices

Children and teenagers are groups that often lose in the struggle to be heard when their near environment is being planning.  Children do not own plots or have to be notified of property developments.  They are seldom invited to hearings and are entirely dependent on adults speaking up for them and asking what they think when schools, roads and parks are to be constructed. 

Children do not engage construction companies. But in Building Blocks children are the employers.  The exhibition tests the ability of the architects to visualise the children’s ideas and thus give them a voice in construction matters.

Read more about the exhibition Building Blocks on Färgfabrikken’s web page.  

Building Blocks is arranged by Norwegian Design (Norsk Form) in cooperation with Färgfabrikken Stockholm after an original idea of Färgfabriken and Medium. The exhibition was first shown in Färgfabriken in 2010.

Saturday 01.10-Sunday 27.11.2011 When
DogA, Hausmanns gate 16 Where
Europan Forum

Europan is the world’s largest competition for architects, planners and landscape architects under 40. In connection with Europan 11 and the Year of Architecture Europan Norway invites you to an international Europan Forum in Oslo.  The theme of Europan 11 is From global strategy to local cooperation.

The forum for towns and juries is an international conference at which jury members and the participant towns meet to discuss competition entries.  Around 500 town representatives and leading professionals in architecture and town planning take part.

A programme of lectures and debates will be arranged at DogA to coincide with the forum.

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Thursday 03 - Sunday 06.11.2011 When
post@europan.no Contact
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About NAL

The National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL) is a members’ organisation for architects in Norway. We work to promote good architecture and the common interests of architects. We are party-politically independent and constitute a professional network and a community of interests. Membership comprises ca. 4,300 architects in the private and public sectors as well as students.

NAL was founded in 1911. The Board of Representatives is NAL’s highest organ and its national committee is NAL’s governing organ.  NAL has 14 local associations, which are locally governed.  NAL’s administration employs 35 people.

This is what NAL does:
We cooperate with various public and private institutions in order to improve general conditions for architecture.  We do this by among other things acting as a body entitled to comment on proposed new laws and regulations and by participating in debates on architecture, planning and development. NAL promotes the development of architectural policy in Norway by lobbying politicians and other decision-makers.  Moreover, we take part in international for and on behalf of our members.

Architectural competitions
NAL is the advisor for and organiser of architectural competitions in Norway.  Our competition secretariat can be contacted for advice about holding competitions as well as giving guidance and advice to our members.

Environmental Projects
Via our environmental section Ecobox we take part in and develop environmental projects on our web pages.  Our aim is to increase environmental awareness and interdisciplinarity among architects, planners and other actors in the construction sector.

Courses and professional development
Our academy offers courses and supplementary training for architects and other related professional groups.  In addition, NAL arranges seminars and conferences about architecture and local development. Each year we arrange the Day of Architecture with topical speakers from home and abroad.

Communicating architecture
NAL publishes three professional periodicals: Architecture N, Architect News and Norwegian Architectural Competitions.  We have the Nordic countries’ largest private professional library and collection of periodicals on architecture.  In addition, we have our own web dealing with central themes within architecture.

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