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Sindre Buraas



(my mindset when approaching this project)

This project is a comment to how we in our society structure and approach research and learning. In my Bachelor project I looked into what premises modern education and learning is based on. My experience from that project is that we should always challenge and ask questions on what values we build our society on and how we shape our inhabitants. In the post-war era, Norway among other european countries experienced an enormous improvement in welfare for its inhabitants. Science and research’s main focus has been to accommodate a consumer based industry as well as creating a more efficient society to increase our living standards.

At what time do we reach enough welfare and efficiency? And when should we have a greater focus on what life is really about and how we spend our time on this planet?

During the pandemic time we are in, we need to ask questions that challenge our established way of living, are we as humans distanced too much from nature and if our system is too sensitive?

Our mindset might be programmed to think humancentric regarding our time on this planet. What are the consequences of our behavior? Are we jeopardizing our own existence?

My project is titled Experimental freespace and contains works in various scales.

Oslo Science City (OSC) has a unique location with a short distance to the city in the south end and Nordmarka, Oslos nature reserve in the north end. During the interwar period Oslo’s head of regulation, Harald Hals, created green lungs that made Nordmarka grow through the City where one of them tangents OSC. By extending these green areas by letting it be a part of the existing infrastructure, Nordmarka will then merge into the campus area and give scientists, students and other users a greater awareness of nature and then contextualize their work to local surroundings and a wider set of organisms.

From research and my own experience we know that physical exercise and movement in nature triggers creative thinking. When having easy access to nature and great facilities for outdoor movement more people will approach this “method” and then have a wider range of thoughts.

This is one thing that could make OSC a unique campus.

OSC is located just outside what we will define as the city center in Oslo, which makes it surrounded by residential areas. This district contains a lot of single family houses with great gardens and high fences.

After several site visits there was a specific neighborhood  which is located almost into campus and close to an intersection between this district's main infrastrastructure. These houses and plots are a nice place to live but benefit a very small number of people and have a greater potential for the society if being reprogrammed.
Another observation when being on site in OSC I got  the impression that Campus was fragmented and the “us and them” attitude is manifested in the existing architecture where it facilitates for individuals to arrive in the morning, doing their individual research, and then leave. Repeating the same routine with few inputs from other than colleges, and students researching the same fields.

By reprogramming the neighborhood into an embassy district where a diverse selection of institutions can facilitate trade and exchange of knowledge and experiences that help researchers to see our future challenges with a new set of eyes. With a reference to Silicon Valley that represents a district with a lot of startups in the area surrounding Stanford university, it was not in the fancy labs where new technology was created, it rather happened in the cheap and accessible garages.

OSC will probably not be the new Silicon Valley, but can still adapt some of the same mentality by giving an area a greater freedom to build and play with existing structures in the sake of science.

By using Tyrihansveien 44 as a case study and giving it a purpose of being an embassy for a creative school that would benefit from being close to other disciplines I draw an example of how this new neighborhood could look like. One main goal is to tear down the fences and make the gardens and backyards an attractive situation for as many as possible. With open pavilions that travel through the embassies it creates interactions between visitors, other inhabitants, and fellow researchers.

The connection between the embassies is a key factor in sharing knowledge and can happen through shared facilities like common workshops that are drawn as an extension of an existing garage, now with direct access from multiple embassies.
When the existing infrastructure is replaced with green roads containing forest we can see a new type of connection between houses. People will create new trails depending on their goal and place of origin. In a free and open environment like this it is more adjustable to change as well as connecting OSC with the existing network of hiking trails in Nordmarka.

By opening, like this example, the first floor in an existing structure we can create meeting points that might lead to cafè’s or other situations that lead to interaction in and after work hours.