On the occasion of the International women’s day, Miia-Liina is today attending an interesting panel discussion on Mentorship in Design at the newly opened central library Oodi in Helsinki. The event is organised by VOW Architects and Architecta in tandem with events by RebelArchitette and Women in Architecture NYC in Italy and the USA, and moderated by Marco Steinberg. The event is open and free for public - welcome!
We are proud to announce that Kaleidoscope has been selected as the new secretariat of Europan Norway. Our work has started at the beginning of August, and we just got back from Madrid, where all the the national secretaries gathered this weekend.
Europan is one of the largest architectural and urban planning competitions worldwide and has been running for 30 years. It is especially targeted for young professionals, and the aim of the competition is to explore and implement innovative solutions for the development of towns and cities. The competition also aims to give young architects possibilities for commissions. The secretariat has the responsibility to organise the competition in Norway, and we are looking forward to the launch of Europan 15 in March 2019.
In many ways, however, Europan is more than just an architectural competition. Europan takes the pulse of European architecture. It maps the undercurrents and upcoming trends of the young generation. It is also a unique platform for sharing knowledge internationally and debating the status quo of architecture in Europe, with innovative projects that challenge existing conventions. Every year, hundreds of city planners, developers, commissioners, architects and other professionals meet in forums organised by Europan to network, compare experiences and discuss the topics pressing the cities and site-owners. This form of exchange is increasingly relevant in the European context.
"Being part of the organization of Europan is an opportunity to contribute to change mechanisms that challenge the present and equip us in the face of the future. We feel privileged to have been chosen to continue this work," says Tone Berge, who leads the secretariat together with partners Silje Klepsvik and Miia-Liina Tommila from Kaleidoscope. Like many young architectural offices in Europe, Kaleidoscope was established as a result of a winning project in Europan competition. “We firmly believe that the field of architecture needs open competitions to be further developed, and we look forward to contributing to the development of Europan at a strategic level.”
The Europan Norway secretariat is now located in Bergen. The secretariat’s partners are The Bergen School of Architecture, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, The Norwegian University of Science, The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, The Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture, and The National Association of Architecture and it is supported by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Follow our work on Facebook, Instagram and on our website and all of you under 40: Stay tuned for competition launch in March 2019!
We are proud to be a part of the UNBUILT HOUSE Exhibition curated and designed by Holt O’Brien AS & Svingen Arkitektkontor AS as part of Oslo Open House this year. The exhibition will show the work of young architecture offices, consisting of a collection of models of projects that because of some external factors will never be built. The exhibitions aims to show all the buildings that will never be a part of Open House but are still vitally important as part of the development of architectural practise. Kaleidoscope contributes with the Dolvikbakken housing project from 2017.
We are looking forward to this years Bergen Design Festival for a particular reason: on 15th September we launch Nordic Works* in Norway by inviting everyone to an evening with lightning talks on the theme of "Water City of Bergen". In the event we launch a crowdsourcing survey dealing with how water can be a social, attractive and fun element in the city. Join us to share your ideas in an inspiring evening, where we dive into the possibilities of Bergen as a water city. See you at Statsraaden Bar & Reception! See the event also on the festival website.
We are honoured to have been interviewed in connection with the research project “iResponse” on crowdsourcing and citizen participation in urban planning. iResponse is a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway exploring social responsible crowdsourcing tools for environmental research and decision-making, in the areas of urban air quality and wood burning, urban stormwater management and blue-green infrastructure, and urban planning. Read the interview here.
Miia-Liina was recently invited to give a talk in St Petersburg in the Ideal and Normal -conference organised by Project Baltia Magazine. During recent years some of our work has been published in this magazine focusing on architecture in the Baltic region, and it was a pleasure to have the first chance to present our work in Russia. The conference was about the future of cities, and Miia-Liina presented our Neighbourhood 2100 vision among other work. The conference was also a wonderful opportunity to meet many young architects from St Petersburg and discuss the future of architectural practise in the Nordic latitudes. Thank you Project Baltia and the Finnish Institute in St Petersburg for the invitation!
You can find the entire conference program here - in Russian.
During the past week one of the co-founders of Kaleidoscope, Silje Klepsvik, has had the honor of being one of the diploma assessors for this group of promising architects from the Bergen School of Architecture. We want to congratulate the students with the immense work and efforts, and with several relevant and outstanding projects! There are many challenges to be met in our society today and in the future, and these young architects are to enter a complex landscape where there is a need for critical thinking, explorative ideas and a more humanistic and environmentally conscious approach to architecture. We wish all the students good luck in finding their path in this landscape!
On Thursday 7th of June, the citizens, politicians and planning authorities of Porvoo gathered to an open workshop concerning the development of the city centre. As a part of Uusi Kaupunki collective, and together with WSP Finland and Trafix, we are currently working with a general plan for the renewal of the central areas. The work addresses the traffic and parking solutions of the future, need for increasing pedestrian access and biking lanes, as well as possibilities for densification within the city's classisistic centre. After tonight, we have an abundance of input and feedback to move forward with.
YLE Svenska writes about city centre development in Porvoo and visited the public workshop held by Uusi Kaupunki last spring in the shopping centre Lundi. Miia-Liina is interviewed in the article written in Swedish, you can read it here. Check also out the proposal we made for the central quarters on our website.