Layered Landscapes Lofoten - spring 2017


Contested landscapes Lofoten Lofoten is the history of extremes; extreme nature, extreme weather conditions, extreme natural resources (and forces) and extreme survival. The archipelago of Lofoten floats in a timeless mythical narration of battling between man and nature rooted in the origin of human presence in these territories. Lofoten has for centuries been hosting the world’s most precious fisheries of codfish and the sea bank hides a prosperous amount of oil and gas, signifying a latent and incommensurable conflict that can irreversibly change the landscape, and its conditions.

The people living in this territories, connected to the landscape and the resources for innumerable years are now facing not only external threats from global economy and climate changes, but also internal, national political decisions and structural changes in the fisheries which menace to deprive the resources from the local communities.

In this context the municipality of Flakstad has started a groundbreaking process of re-defining the position of three old fishing settlements - still fighting for the right to exploit the surrounding renewable recourses - but also taking avantage of a year by year growing tourist invasion. The intention is a renewed development towards a more holistic and sustainable future that is susceptible to the inevitable changes, but at the same time it is crucial to try to be in control of the changes' impacts on the landscape and the societies.

As architects and students we will encounter these issues and processes with knowledge based on investigations and theoretical studies, and we will uncover the underlying structural forces to understand the elements in play in the landscape - preparing ourselves to act in complex and unclear situations.

Teachers:70°Nord Gisle Løkken og Magdalena Haggärde

Anders Dommerud Tellefsen, Andreas Tveit, Anna Liisa Saavaste, Arne Magnar S. Nordhammer, Arnulf Mårdalen Hasle, Christian Solbakken, Eva Bull, Ingeleiv Andrea Utne Midtun, Lara Engelking, Livie Avo Johansen, Maria Eugenia Salazar Rocha, Matt Breton-Honeyman, Pernille Kleppan Mørch, Pia Eide, Soheil Hivad Nabi, Sum Ping Wong, Stephanie Steriotis, Stine Elise Kristoffersen, Sveinung Grøneng Havn and Victoria Helene Storemyr  

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