Contradictions Shaping Urban Futures
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) which cities take in coping with contemporary challenges and contradictions.Read more
We asked local researchers why Oslo makes an interesting – and contradictionary – destination for urban research. Here’s what they told us.
Explore Oslo. Take the tube from the Far West End to the Far East End of the city: observe the increasing social divisions.
Oslo is the European Environmental capital of 2019. What can be learned?
Look at the new compact housing projects. The more compact, the more they are sold by a rhetoric related to ‘park’, ‘green’, ‘garden’, ‘view’, ‘vibrant’.
Marketization of housing, gentrification and segregation. Where are “all” the welfare means aiming at redistribution?
2019: A new housing policy for Oslo to facilitate housing possibilities for the ordinary wage earner like a single nurse.
Get to know “Bagsy”, Oslo’s optical sorting robot which separates plastic, compost and residual waste from the city’s households.
The new and greener city government of 2015 managed to speed up and change the city towards less cars, better public transportation, more bicycles and walkable areas. How to explain the success?
Ask a city dweller about why Oslo is a good place to live – the answer is: because it is so close to the nature!
Enjoy the political and administrative decentralisation of public services to the city district level, paralleled by an extreme centralization of cultural institutions.
Oslo takes climate leadership nationally and internationally- pushing the agenda and search for new solutions forward. But, is the city doing enough and the right things?
Children and youth are taking to the streets for more radical policies to prevent climate change, at the same time people are organizing to get rid of the increasing number of toll rings for cars in the city. Is the governance system able to find good enough political solutions?
“Give people the possibilities to live different lives!”
– Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor