Field Trips

On the morning of Tuesday June 16, we offer a number of exciting field trips to various parts of Oslo.

Due to the conference schedule and travel times, delegates will only have time to participate in ONE field trip.

#1: From Urban Villages to Harbour Transformations

  • Guide: Professor Per Gunnar Røe, University of Oslo
  • Location: Inner City Fringe East

This is a walk from the “urban village” of Kampen, through multiethnic Grønland, and to the newly transformed waterfront in Bjørvika with the Opera House, the new Munch Museum and the new Library. We will focus on the social, cultural and physical transformations that have been taking place in these former working class and industrial districts of Oslo, and the role of urban policy and planning.

Photo: Astrid Westvang, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

#2: Quayconomics: Three Decades on the Waterfront

  • Guide: Associate Professor Halvor Ellefsen, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Location: National Museum, Rådhusplassen, Aker Brygge, Tjuvholmen

This walk visits two of Oslo’s private urban developments: Aker Brygge, opening in 1985 and Tjuvholmen, completed 30 years later. The tour discusses the role and evolution of urban space and architecture within the era of “flexible accumulation” through concrete spatial examples, addressing the often-contested relationship between architectural intention, political-economic practices and social resilience within urban development.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

#3: Tøyen Neighbourhood, an Inner City Area of Oslo

  • Guides: Research Professor Marit Ekne Ruud and Senior Researcher Ingar Brattbakk, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Location: Inner City East

In this field-trip we will walk you through the Tøyen area, a multiethnic and socio-economic polarized inner city area in the older part of Oslo. Some years ago an “area based initiative program” started in this area, partly because of local initiatives and participation, partly as a political negotiation process related to the localization of the Munch Museum. We will visit some upgraded premises, institutions and outdoor areas, and discuss gentrification aspects as well as participation and democratic questions in this process.


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4: The Mental and Physical Edifices After the Terror Attack of the Government Quarter in 2011

  • Guide: Ellen de Vibe, civil architect, former Director for City Planning in Oslo
  • Location: Government quarter, city centre

The 22nd of July 2011, the Government Quarter in central Oslo was subject to a terror attack by bombing. This tour will revolve around the (re)development of new government quarter and its effects on city planning in the area.

Demolishment and new development – is it possible, and is there a will to balance securitization with an open city and with the restoration of valuable buildings and artworks?

Photo: The Ministry of Local Government and Modernization, CC BY-NC 2.0

#5: The Right to the City – the open and continually contested and mobile drug scene

  • Guide: Research Professor Evelyn Dyb, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Location: City Centre, Inner City

Some groups claim that they do not have the right to walk about and use public places like other citizens. One of them is a group of vendors and users of illegal drug, many of them homeless. An open drug scene has existed in the city center for almost half a century, however the “actors” has moved around, mostly involuntarily after pressure from the shopkeepers in alliance with politicians or by spectacular police actions with press coverage.

During later years, other groups has emerged using public space for contested activity like begging and petty business. Along with planning and politics for attracting a diversity of inhabitants in the inner city, conflicting interests have increased. The walk will take us through some of the most disputed areas and includes meetings with representatives for diverse group interests.

Photo: Frederik Strindberg

#6: Transforming the City: Hovinbyen – from Production to Liveability

  • Guide: Research Professor Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Location: Inner City Fringe East

The City of Oslo is now reclaiming the Inner City Fringe, by having Hovinbyen is their main transformation-area. Having been dominated by production and large warehouses, it is gradually transformed to a livable city-area. In this workshop we will go to Hovinbyen. With the overview of the area from the old cable tower (66 meters high), planners from the City of Oslo will present how the City develop the area in cooperation with private developers. Afterwards, we will visit the Kuben Vocational Arena, to hear how such institutions can contribute to social sustainable development.

Photo: Terje Heiestad, Municipality of Oslo

#7: Hovedøya & Fjordbyen

  • Guides: Lisbet Harboe, Institute leader, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Stein Kolstø, Head of Office, Oslo Waterfront Planning Office, Agency for Planning and Building Services
  • Location: Oslo fjord

This walk includes a short ferry trip from Rådhusplassen (The Townhall Square) to Hovedøya (island) where we experience how the urban life of Oslo includes easy accesses to outdoor life and nature.

From Hovedøya, we have a view of the city, and while focusing on this connection, we also talk about the historic and present development of Oslo and its harbour front. You may take a swim in the Oslo fjord (bring a swimsuit & towel).

Photo: Sabine Zoller, VisitOSLO

#8: Reuse in Oslo and a guided tour at Oslo’s optical sorting plant

  • Guides at site: Kristin Nordstrøm and Gitte Næss Grønner, The Agency for Waste Management (REN), Municipality of Oslo
  • Location: Haraldrud
  • Please note: The location is not accessible by wheel chairs

To reach our sustainability and environmental goals we need to treat waste as valuable resources. Join us for an introduction in Oslo’s waste management system, where we also will take a tour through the optical sorting plant, which sorts the household waste.

However, a lot of what is thrown out, is still usable as it is. That is why we also will be talking about reuse and show how we facilitate reuse in Oslo.

Photo: The Agency for Waste Management (REN), Municipality of Oslo

#9: Visit Sørenga public bath and take a dip in the Oslo Fjord

  • Guides: Research Professors Trond Vedeld & Hege Hofstad, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Location: The Opera, Sørenga Waterfront
  • Please note: Bring swimming suits and towels

This event will include a visit to Sørenga public bath at the waterfront of Sørenga. Follow Havnepromenaden from the Opera Common along the waterfront to the tip of Sørenga Fiord City – past the Opera and the Munch Museum and the new Library.

We will meet at the public bath for a refreshing swim in the Oslo Fjord and a short sightseeing of the Sørenga housing complexes and surroundings; a new upscale part of the city with a variety of cultural attractions, restaurants and public commons for ensuring access for citizens and tourists.