Seminar, Kirkenes 21 February 2012. Foto: Trude Nohr.

SEMINAR / Kirkenes

Living and working in the Barents - exploring infrastructures

R+PA Studio/ Institute for architecture
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
LABA Studio
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne


The workshop «Living and Working in the Barents: Exploring Infrastructure» will be held on Tuesday, 21.February. Aho-Laba’s specialist research themes of Governance, Infrastructure, Resources, Climate & Economy in the Barents area are represented by architects, planners, investors and protagonists working in the region. A second group of participants consists of people researching different aspects of the region itself in their work and proposing a particular direction.

The Studio R+PA for Research and Production of Architecture from The Oslo School of Architecture with Ass.Prof. Neven Fuchs-Mikac, Torunn Stensheim, Jonas Norsted, Michael Nordtømme, Joana Sa Lima and LABA Studio from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, leaded by Prof. Harry Gugger and teachers Nancy Coulding, Götz Menzel, Aurelie Blanchard, propose topics that have emerged out of the first semester’s mapping and research work carried through on both universities. The final projects will address the question of architectural infrastructure in response to the research themes above. We expect that the seminar/workshop in Kirkenes will help define and formulate specific architectural principles, programs, locations and sustainable material premises for architectural development in this large area.

In the form of mixed expert panels (20 min each) and a designated student groups, five types of infrastructure will be explored to stimulate discussion & debate amongst the invited guests on 5 themes:
- network infrastructure
- energy infrastructure
- ecological infrastructure
- social & cultural infrastructure
- urban infrastructure

Each session will be steered by an assigned mediator.


Prof. Harry Gugger, LABA Studio, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Rune Rafaelsen, Norwegian Barents secretariat, Kirkenes

Trond Haukanes, Investor, Director Sydvaranger Invest, Kirkenes

Gunnhild Engstad, Husbanken Hammerfest

Dr. Bjørn Gunnarsson, Director CHNL Centre for High North Logistics

Harald Martinsen, Sydvaranger Mining Company

Paul Aspholm, Researcher, Bioforsk Svanhovd

Dr. Aileen Espiritu, Director Barents Institute UiT

Natalia Kolesnik, Architect Murmansk

Luba Kuzovnikova, Art Director, Pikene på bruen, Kirkenes

Reiulf Ramstad, Architect RRA Architects, Oslo

Dagur Eggertsson, Architect, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Bodø/Oslo

Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy, Architect, Stivkuling.no, Farsund

Ass. Prof. Neven Fuchs-Mikac, Studio R+PA, Oslo School of Architecture and Design


09:30 Introduction by Prof. Harry Gugger
          Mixed panels
17.00 Discussion, Moderators: Ass.Prof Neven Fuchs-Mikac, Joana Sa Lima
18.00 Reception, Refreshments kindly sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education & Research


The stay in Kirkenes and the workshop has been organized with the invaluable help of Svein Helge Orheim from The Norwegian Barents Institute, and Luba Kuzovnikova, Pikene på bruen, Kirkenes.

The seminar ”Living and Working in The Barents: Exploring Infrastructures” represents the highlight of the study-trip workshop started Monday 13 February in Longyearbyen on Svalbard with the participation of 43 Norwegian and Swiss students. On the way to Kirkenes the AHO-LABA Barents-group passed Tromsø, Barents Sea by Hurtigruten boat, Honningsvåg and Vardø, meeting local architects, politicians, researchers, fishermen, investors, economy people and environmental activists. The material from this trip will be edited and published on AHO web soon after returning to Oslo.



  • Dato: 21.02.2012
  • Tid: 09:30 - 19:00
  • Sted: Thon Hotell, Kirkenes
  • Adresse: Kirkenes
  • Kontakt: Ass. Prof. Neven Fuchs-Mikac
  • E-post: neven.fuchs-mikac@aho.no

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