The project “Nordic Models of Welfare and Architecture” will critically examine the Nordic Model from the perspectives of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism through three workshops in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Oslo workshop 1.– 2. October
Nordic post-war architecture is often considered as a relatively isolated phenomenon, generally evoking matters of identity and regional character, and frequently analysed from within a national narrative. The workshop will explore the translations of both modernist architecture and welfare state policies into different Nordic contexts, with the aim of comparing and discussing similarities, differences and international influences. An important task for this workshop will be to establish a common theoretical and methodical foundation for comparisons between the Nordic countries in architectural research.
Monday 1. October
12:30 – 13:30: Room A1, AHO, Maridalsveien 29
Lunch and Welcome to AHO

Part 1 Introductions
13:30 – 14:15
Introduction to the project Nordic Models of Architecture and Welfare and the Oslo workshop Welfare and the Recent Past
Thordis Arrhenius (KTH) and Guttorm Ruud (AHO)

Introduction to AHO’s research and teaching on post-war history and heritage
Erik F. Langdalen (AHO)

14:15 – 14:45
Coffee break

Part 2 Welfare and the recent past
14:45 – 16:00

Welfare and the Recent Past: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges
Helena Mattsson (KTH)

16:00 – 18:00
Presentations and discussions

The Construction of Equality: Syriac Immigration and the Swedish City
Jennifer Mack (KTH)

A Social Excursion: Providing for the Many
Tom Davies (AHO)

From Welfare to Wellbeing: The Neoliberal Myth of Nordic Design
Maroš Krivý and Leonard Ma (EAA)

Children in Crisis: The Norwegian Welfare State from Below
Guttorm Ruud (AHO)

Dinner – Nedre Foss Gård

Tuesday 2. October
Outside Georg Sverdrups hus (UB) at UiO, Moltke Moes vei 39

09:00 – 09:20
Welcome to UiO Campus
Espen Johnsen (UiO)

Part 3 Actors, networks and transformations in welfare architecture
Room 452, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, UiO, Blinderveien 31 (access from Moltke Moes vei)

09:20 – 09:40
Introduction: Networks and Collaborations in Nordic Architectural Culture
Espen Johnsen (UiO), Christina Pech (ArkDes), Talette Simonsen (National Museum)

09:40 – 10:10
Coffee break with information about the expected output of a NOS-HS workshop project
Bente Larsen (IFIKK, UiO and Chair of NOS-HS workshop panel)

10.10 – 11:40
Presentations and discussions

The welfare state in the magazine Byggekunst – under editor-in-chief Christian Norberg-Schultz (1963–1978)
Beata Labuhn (AHO)

A perspective on the spreading of the welfare state model in housing policies and building construction
Frida Rosenberg (KTH)

Reconfiguring Welfare Landscapes (WELLAND) and the transformation of Gellerup in Aarhus
Ellen Braae (UCPH)

11:40 – 12:30

Part 4 Future plans for the project and network
12:30 – 13:30
Open discussion on publications and research applications
Even Smith Wergeland (AHO)

13:30 – 14:00
Conclusions and discussion of topic and plans for the next workshop in Copenhagen
Thordis Arrhenius (KTH), Ellen Braae (UCPH)

Excursion to the Recent Past Welfare and the cold war14:00 – 17:00
Bus excursion to Holmlia, Oslo’s last satellite town. The excursion includes a tour of the Holmlia public bath, which combines the functions of a welfare service and nuclear bomb shelter, built in the 1980s. Guides: Anne-Kristine Kronborg (OBOS), Even Smith Wergeland (AHO), and the construction engineer of Holmlia bath Major General Jan Anton Rygh.
Workshop organisers:
Guttorm Ruud AHO
Even Smith Wergeland AHO
Talette Rørvik Simonsen Nasjonalmuseet
Thordis Arrhenius KTH
Nordic Models of Architecture and Welfare is funded by