In his break out session for the urban development conference Oslo Urban Arena we offer a preview of the exhibition Letters to the Mayor: Oslo, that will be opened by Oslo's Mayor, Marianne Borgen, at DOGA on 26 September.
In this event, two of the letters' authors, Niels de Bruin, landscape architect and one of the strategic minds behind Oslos new harbour promenade, and Anne Gjesdal Bjørndal of Rodeo architects, meet developer Rolf Thorsen of Oslo S Utvikling and Rasmus Eidvang, political advisor to the Vice Mayor for Urban Development at Oslo Municipality, in a discussion about what really matters in the development of Oslo. How will developers and decision makers respond to the visions and recommendations they have put down in their letter to the Mayor?
About the participants:
Anne Gjesdal Bjørndal, As Head of Architecture and design at Rodeo architects, Anne works closely with Rodeo’s social scientists turning social and spatial analysis into built form. Anne is an architect with a master’s degree from NTNU in Trondheim, exchange studies at ENSAPB in Paris, and international experience from Port-au-Prince and Nairobi.
Niels de Bruin is an award winning Landscape Architect and partner at White Arkitekter specialized in design of public space. Recent work includes stations and public space in Malmö and Lund as well as in London. Niels is one of the authors of the Strategic plan for the Oslo harbor promenade. He is a jury member of Architectural Awards, such as the WAN waterfront award.
Rasmus Reinvang, Political Advisor to the Vice Mayor for Urban Development at Oslo Municipality (and a member of Miljøpartiet de Grønne)
Rolf Thorsen, President and CEO at Oslo S Utvikling AS (OSU). OSU transforms Bjørvika from traffic intersection and harbour into a new city centre for Oslo. The ambition is to make Bjørvika one of Norway’s most attractive trade and residential areas.
Hanna Dencik Petersson, direktør for Oslo arkitekturtriennale er moderator
About Letters to the Mayor
Letters to the Mayor: Oslo displays personal letters from invited local and international architects and urban planners, in which they express their wishes and visions for the city's future. The purpose is to create a forum for dialogue as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
Letters to the Mayor: Oslo is part of a global series initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Since 2014, it has been presented in several major cities around the world, including Athens, Bogota, Lisbon, Mexico City, New York and Taipei, among others. The Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) in collaboration with Storefront, organizes and presents this iteration of the project in Oslo, with an exhibition design by Tron Meyer.
During the exhibition period, OAT, in collaboration with the Oslo Architectural Association (OAF) and Oslo’s Planning and Building Agency (Pbe), will host two open debates addressing issues that arise in the letters. Architects, politicians, residents, and other agents concerned with Oslo's built environment will be invited to partake.