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Seminar: Participation in Places of Transformation

Enquiring different ways of involving and informing when shaping the built environment.

The conference relates to the theme of the After Belonging Triennale, by addressing two major challenges in Akershus Regions: to ensure participation among the fast-growing group of refugees and immigrants, and the need to create diverse and open planning processes.

The growing population, changing demographics and the arrival of new citizens with a diverse background, raises questions as to how we involve, inform and engage participation in the planning of towns and cities. Both scientists and architects will discuss this topic and architect students will present their case studies of sites in Akershus developed especially for this conference.

The discussions will tackle how the changing of places, identities and sense of belonging can justify more flexible and open-ended approaches to planning. To what extent should formal or informal participation play a role in the shaping of places? How can more participation play a role in local level integration policies?

The audience can learn how new systems for regional and local planning can be legitimised and developed, and to what extent we can and should involve the public. Furthermore, we anticipate that the audience will be inspired by the proposals developed by the students.

Organization: Akershus County Council with Urban Planning team and Culture team.

Speakers:

  • Håkon Matre Aasarød, Architect and Manager, Vardehaugen AS
  • John Pløger, Research, NIKU
  • Susanne Søholt, Research, NIBR
  • Ola Bettum, professor NMBU
  • Kaleidoscope Architects
  • Rob Donovan PhD, Professor School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia
  • Studens from NMBU will present projects

The seminar will be introcuced by deputy mayor of Akershus County, Lars Salvesen.

Image: Annual Report 2012. Photo by Kimm Saatvedt