Oslo discussion, housing and urban development | Architects are “blamed” for unsightly gray, newly built projects. It is not their responsibility

Oslo discussion, housing and urban development |  Architects are “blamed” for unsightly gray, newly built projects.  It is not their responsibility

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What does a city require to be a good place to live? The question must be answered daily by everyone involved in urban development. Because there is no single answer. If no one asks, no one answers either.

In any case, there is little sign that this issue is being discussed by officials. This results in the approval of one strange construction project after another. She was serious. Because we don’t want a city that sends spirit to the door, do we?

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Are the officials unaware of their responsibility? Or is it only concerned with individual prestige projects? I’m tired of reading articles where builders and architects are “blamed” for all newly built, ugly and gray projects. It is not their responsibility. Ultimately, the public is responsible for urban development.

Rejoicing at tall buildings without any justification for that.

It dominates Oslo and other major cities One of the projects that will be sold in several stages and with greater profits for each deal. A lack of qualified public oversight, and a lack of respect for public spaces, lead to cities becoming increasingly soulless and unlivable.

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Headless urban development is a gift For the next developer who sees the house as an investment object and does not have a single idea that the house should be a luxury frame. that’s good. Because the responsibility does not lie here.

In Aftenposten on December 15, write urban development director Hanne Sophie Solhaug and chief architect Marita Holhjem at the Planning and Building Agency Oslo (PBL). They concluded that “Hohohouses can contribute to Oslo becoming a better city” – without giving any relevant justification.

In parallel with the enthusiasm for high-rise buildings, they are aware that buildings with a height of more than 14 floors face great problems compared to low-density buildings. Here, there is clearly a lack of knowledge and good plans in general.

There are talented minds – esteemed architects such as the star German architect Ole Scheeren (1971) and the British-Swiss philosopher Alain de Botton (1969). They both gave us solid and good musings on what it takes to be present for a city to be a good place to live.

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There are many beautiful places in Oslo

We have Telthusbakken and Damstredet. The architecture has been largely preserved. Small painted old wooden houses welcome us warmly. What they have in common is that they are small, narrow, and predictable. We have the garden town of Ullevål and Torshovkvartalene – the castle with a thousand kitchens, as it was called when it was newly built. Contrast within a particular theme was highlighted and backyards got a lot of attention for the first time.

It is disturbing that when we meet the new districts of Oslo, we are greeted by bland, boring, standardized storage housing blocks. I can mention Hasle-Løren, Økern, Barcode and Kvaernerbyen

Of the more modern areas, Sankthansfjellet Housing Society is in an open area the most we can talk about. Even with great similarities to sly ‘boxy’ architecture and modernism, it’s small, charming and adaptive typography, which in turn means that entire districts have a great diversity of nature and the green college is very well preserved.

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Then Frognerparken should be mentioned. Such large parks, where you can’t see any buildings, there simply must be more space in the city. The more people we stay in Oslo, the more space we need to relax and be entertained.

Alain de Botton wrote a manifesto highlighting nine essential elements that must be present for a city to be successful and attractive. It also addresses beauty as a priority in urban architecture and design. Ole Scheeren, a modernist who also built tall buildings, learned from his mistakes and wrote off tall buildings as good homes. He beat them.

It’s no mystery why we like some cities better

We need to stop saying that beauty is only in the eye of the beholder, says Alain de Botton. It’s no mystery why we like some cities so much better than others. The evidence is in the tourism statistics. There are good reasons why nobody vacations in Frankfurt, while everyone loves Paris and Barcelona.

Precisely for this reason, it is very disturbing that when we meet the new Oslo districts, we meet indecent, boring and uniform storage blocks. I can mention Hasle-Løren, Økern, Barcode and Kvaernerbyen. Intensification also takes place in Bekkelaget, Holtet, Hovin byen and Ensjø.

De Botton writes that people are happier when they live in crowded areas where the human comedy is allowed to fully unfold. We want everyone to love Oslo, right?

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