How do children meet our architecture as a subject and a learning arena?

The Sverre Fehn Day is a professional arrangement at the Ivar Aasen Yard linked to Sverre Fehn’s birthday 14 August. 

Since architecture is now a subject in school (6-15), experienced professionals holding various positions will talk what experiences people have had with the subject and what are its possibilities. The actual physical layout of school has been the object of changing ideals over time and most teaching takes place in a built environment that has to function through these changing ideals.  The media and periodicals present the latest pedagogical fashion (open plan schools, digital learning, whatever), but how long do they last? As well as having this professional aspect, the day is intended to serve as a social meeting point towards the end of summer.

3-3 Sverre fehn-dagen
Friday 12 - Saturday 13.08.2011 When
Ørsta, Ivar Aasen tunet Where
Helge Aarset, 70270850/ 90059168, Contact
SPOR: Norwegian architecture 2005-2010

The exhibition presents new Norwegian architecture. SPOR: Norwegian architecture 2005-2010 shows the qualities of individual works and points out development trends of social significance.  The works selected range from the small lay-by and private housing via building complexes with infrastructure to the major town transformations of recent years. By using various types of presentation and new media, the exhibition manages to communicate a composite picture of recent years’ Norwegian architecture both at home and abroad. 

The exhibition is the seventh in a series on contemporary architecture from 1968 to today. By presenting and problematising excerpts from all of the six previous exhibitions, this year’s exhibition also embraces the growth of today’s internationally recognised Norwegian architecture.

Juvet landskapshotell@Jiri Havran
Friday 06.05-Sunday 21.08.2011 When
Nasjonalmuseet-Arkitektur, Bankplassen 3 Where

In the Culture Quarter in Ålesund, in the space between the Jugendstil Centre and the art museum KUBE with a view of the sound and Fjellstua a wicket hay barn is being built. This is a traditional style of construction in a highly unusual setting. It is a flexible building system, making effective use of the building material.

Hay barns in Sunnmøre are made of crooked and curved wood to whatever size you need. We build a three-frame structure and cover it with a glass roof, as big, as high and elaborate as the material will allow. 

Photo: Asgeir Kvernberg

1-2 Grindløe
Sunday 15.05-Saturday 13.08.2011 When
Ålesund Where
Jon Eirik Jerve, 92046630, Contact
Vestfold summer pavilion

An installation in an open space in town that arouses the curiosity of passers-by and enhances awareness around the theme architecture.

The installation shall give an exciting experience of space, light and shadow. Made of wood, it will be clothed in wooden sheeting with laser-cut openings.  Artists and architects from the county will be invited to hold exhibitions/presentations in the pavilion.

The installation will be in place for four to five weeks during the summer and will be three by five metres in size.

Partner: Velle Utvikling

05_VAF sommerpaviljong_Illustrasjon-1
Friday 01.07-Thursday 01.09.2011 When
Horten, Tønsberg, Sandefjord, Larvik Where
Giulio Torracchi tlf: 45278543 Contact
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Why a Year of Architecture?

Perhaps at the start of the National Association of Norwegian Architects’ centennial celebrations one might wish that we could celebrate the perfection of architects, that one might say that a century of practising the profession had resulted in prefect insight and complete expertise. However, for a profession that lives on change, development and society’s need for renewal that would almost amount to a death sentence. We architects have change imprinted in our DNA. So it is with pleasure that we can state that we have a formidable job to do in front of us.

Never before in modern times have we seen such powerful and accelerating global social change. Never before have we seen such huge scale environmental change.  Never before have we seen urbanisation of such intensity.

In a situation where established truths are challenged and forces may seem too great, it is all too easy to draw a line and say,”We do this. We don’t do that.” The alternative is to go out and use architecture as a way of looking at this new reality, to promote a curiosity and ambition for our profession.

The Year of Architecture does the latter. It expands, it makes possible, it cooperates, it communicates and converses.  The Year of Architecture opens for a renewed presence in our society.

That is why we have a Year of Architecture.

The Year of Architecture is engagement.  It is the debate about a new district in Alta. It is the Association of Trondheim Architects’ invitation to discuss city centre development.  It is the conversation around the future of Europe’s cities during the Europan Conference in November. And it is a series of popular meetings about how city districts should develop in Oslo.  It is Tyin Drawing Office building a community hall in Bangkok’s slums.

The Year of Architecture is creating new arenas for people to be visible and participate. It is Fantastic Norway’s architecture programmes on TV.  It is the ambulatory town forum in Vestfold and the Association of Northern Norwegian Architects’ guerrilla-planting around in the centre of Tromsø. It is architecture for pupils between 13 and 16 in Flekkefjord and Norway’s unique chance to learn about architecture via Norway’s Open Houses.  And it is a little writing course on architecture in Porsgrunn.

The Year of Architecture is new cooperation and meetings. It is interdisciplinary discussion in Tromsø about the future of the Arctic landscape and it is the meeting of music and architecture during the Bergen Festival. It is the meeting of the people of Oslo and architects through the Association of Oslo Architects’ city interactive Pop-Up series around and about in Oslo and the meeting of film and architecture at Trømsø Film Club.

The Year of Architecture challenges.  It confronts myths about architecture in Architect News’s debate series at the House of Literature (Litteraturhuset). Myths reign as much among architects as among the population at large.  And the year also points out new roles. By issuing this challenge the year prepares the way for a renewal of architectural practice.

 The year is engagement, participation and the expansion of architecture.  It is about taking responsibility for its presence in society.  It is about escaping the bubble.  

It is there you will find the Year of Architecture.  It is there you will find how architecture will be practised in the future.

It is within a complex room for change architecture is created.  It is easy to be overwhelmed by the forces at work in today’s world.  That is why it is even more important than ever to be proactive and ambitious on behalf of the profession. That is why there is a need for space to investigate the role of architecture in a society in change.

The Year of Architecture provides such a space.


Espen Røyseland and Øystein Rø

Espen Røyseland and Øystein Rø are the project managers of the Year of Architecture 2011.  They are also the managers of the Art and Architecture Gallery 0047 in Oslo and of the Europan Norway foundation.  Røyseland and Rø have Masters of Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Technische Universität in Berlin.

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