It's busy days for Kaleidoscope! On Friday 18th November Silje and Miia-Liina will be giving a talk in DogA about participation in planning processes. We are presenting both works from Uusi Kaupunki as well as Kaleidoscope. Register for the seminar and come meet us and a wonderfully skilled group of other Nordic presenters in Oslo!
The students chapter of the Finnish Association of Architects is organizing an event on the future of architectural education and Kaleidoscope is proud to be a part of this. Miia-Liina will be giving a speech about pedagogy in Bergen School of Architecture as well as facilitating a workshop along other professionals from Uusi Kaupunki collective. What kind of architects would we like to work with in the future? The world is changing but is the education following up? Come and discuss and draw out the future school of your dreams.... The event is open for everyone interested! Check out futher details in Facebook.
Our partner Silje Klepsvik will be giving a speech about Open processes and tools in planning the conference "Deltakelse og tilhørighet på steder i endring" at DogA in Oslo on Wednesday 12th October. The full-day free seminar is a part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale extended program and is arranged by Akershus fylkeskommune with Urban Ide and Kulturseksjonen. The speakers include professor Ola Bettum from NMBU and professor Robert Donovan from University of Western Australia. We are delighted to share our recent experiences from working with a participatory process with Asker municipality, as well as presenting the work and methods of Uusi Kaupunki, for the forst time in Norway! See more details on the program and the conference from the Facebook-event. You can download the detailed program through this link.
We have now launched a location based questionnaire about the future of Dikemark. The survey gathers ideas and suggestions for the future of Dikemark, and is available until 1.10.2016. The survey is the result of collaboration between us, Asker municipality and the Finnish Mapita Oy, which is the provider of the tool, Maptionnaire. Check out this article on GeoAwesomeness on how Maptionnaire revolutionizes public participatory practises in urban planning and development - we are proud to be in our part at the frontier of the change!
On Sunday 11th of September at 1pm, in just a couple of days, we are hosting an informal lunch event at the centre of Dikemark in Asker. Join us for this occasion to share your ideas and visions for the future of the old hospital area and be part of creating new activity at Dikemark! Bring your friends and family and own food and drinks - we will set the table and take care of the rest. The event is the starting point for the planning process of Dikemark to a sustainable local centre. The whole process is gathered on the website of Asker municipality. You can register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking "attending" at the Facebook-event.
Every other year the Finnish Building Information foundation awards a prize for significant work for the renewal of architecture, named after architects Reima and Raili Pietilä. The award is given for a young architect or a group of architects.
This year we are honoured to announce that the prizewinner is Uusi Kaupunki collective (New Urban collective), of which Kaleidoscope is a member since 2015.
Uusi Kaupunki is a company started in 2013 by six young Finnish architecture offices. Today 13 offices, including over 30 international architects, urban designers and service designers, form the collective. The collective responds to the changing challenges of the contemporary urban design through methods that inspire and activate the citizens.
Professor Markku Hedman, chairman of the jury, states that ”Uusi Kaupunki collective, formed by the architects of the new generation, has demostrated that they pursue urban design with the unprejudice attitude required by our time. On the grounds for granting the award he adds: ”The collective and interactive working methods of Uusi Kaupunki respond excellently to the needs of current city planning: the demand of extensive dialogue and the enforcement of the role of the inhabitants.”
The previous laureates include among other ALA Architects and JKMM Architects, as well as several of the professors in Finnish architecture schools.
Kaleidoscope will continue to work with participatory processes and look forward to develop Uusi Kaupunki as well as to find new collaborators in Finland and abroad. The award money will be used for building up a network for Nordic architectural collaboration. We express our deep gratitude for this recognition from our peers and colleagues.
We are thrilled to invite you to the Oslo Architecture Triennale After belonging main exhibition In Residence at the National Museum - Architecture. Kaleidoscope partner Silje Klepsvik is part of the project OPENtransformation together with architect Elisabeth Søiland and sociologist Åsne Hagen. You will meet us at the opening event cheering away!
The Norwegian architectural news publication Arkitektnytt visited Bergen for their 03/2016 issue, and we from Kaleidoscope were happy to be interviewed for the magazine. Bergen - the most beautiful city in Norway (or the world, if you ask anyone coming from Bergen) - has for a long time had very few smaller architectural practices establishing there, and the general opinion labels Bergen as a conservative city when it comes to architecture. Is the historical past of Bergen too heavy a burden to make rebel with or even live and build alongside? Arkitektnytt searched answers to why this is so, and our answer is that Bergen is changing. There is more openness for collaboration of small offices, there are new discussion arenas for debating and networking and there is a rising culture for creative businesses. We trust that the city sees a positive growth in brave new and uncompromised architecture in the years to come, and of course, we will be one of those giving birth to it. You can download the article by clicking here - it will make most sense if you can read Norwegian!
It's time for a short retrospective of our year with Uusi Kaupunki collective and a sneak peak to future too! During 2015, our participatory urban design collective has grown with six new and skilled architecture offices, Kaleidoscope being one of them, and started a collaboration with Collaplan. Uusi Kaupunki has developed new models and tools for participatory design together with some of the clients, and held workshops in Vallisaari, Jyväskylä, Hyvinkää, Malmi, Jakomäki, Kangasala and last but not least, the first workshop abroad in Tallinn, Estonia. Currently, Uusi Kaupunki consists of 12 young award-winning Finnish offices, and several of the offices are continuing work with commissions from the workshops. In 2016 we in Kaleidoscope and Uusi Kaupunki look forward to taking our skills even further to serve new and old clients and partners with expertise on participatory urbanism. If you are fluent in Finnish, you can take a look at the Uusi Kaupunki newsletter for more detailed news!