Doctoral thesis Defence: Halvor W. Ellefsen

Halvor W Ellefsen will defend his PhD thesis Urban Environments of the Entrepreneurial City. From Aker Brygge to Tjuvholmen at AHO on 17 March 2017. 

Trial lecture 11.00: Economy and culture in the entrepreneurial city - the impact of case-study approaches' 
Disputation 13.00


This thesis addresses new urban waterfront redevelopments in Oslo between 1982 and 2012. It approaches such environments as built form within the “Entrepreneurial City,” discussing them both as physical objects and as a particular mode of urban development, executed within a specific political-economic climate. Through the study of two waterfront redevelopments in Oslo; Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen, the research discloses how ideals and interpretations of the city affects the urban environment, and expose the dynamics between architecture, urban form and entrepreneurial modes of planning and governance. 

The thesis relates to a broad scope of urban research that scrutinizes forms of fragmentation, gentrification and the aesthetics of contemporary urban landscapes, but is fundamentally based on a morphological approach to research on the city: Urban form, and the processes that generate urban form. The aim of the research has been to bring insights to the relations between architectural practice forms, political economic conduct and the project-based development strategies that characterize Oslo’s urban waterfront today.  
Halvor Weider Ellefsen (1977) graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture in 2005. Ellefsen has experience from several architectural offices and his own practice, been involved in multiple architectural exhibitions as curator and project-leader, and holds a teaching position as Assistant Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. 


Førsteamanuensis Jonny Aspen og førsteamanuensis Peter Hemmersam, Institutt for urbanisme og landskap, AHO

Adjudication Committee

Professor Monika Grubbauer, HafenCity University, Hamburg. Førsteopponent.
Professor Lisa Diedrich, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Alnarp. Andreopponent.
Førsteamanuensis Einar Sneve Martinussen, AHO. Tredje medlem og koordinator.


Date: 17. March, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Venue: AHO, Auditorium Sverre Fehn
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Rådgiver Reidun Høydal