Doctoral Thesis Defence: Mirza Mujezinović

Mirza Mujezinović is set to defend his PhD thesis ” The Architecture of the Urban Project” at AHO on Friday 2nd of December.

Trial lecture 10.00
"The Character of ‘Context’: An exploration of the role and character of the notion of ‘context’ in various architectural approaches to the architecture of the city in the second half of the 20th century"
Disputation 12.00 Disputation 

PhD thesis
“The Architecture of the Urban Project” is about large-scale architecture in Norway. Projects that potentially fall into this category are those that blur the distinction between the city and the building, more specifically projects such as new universities, urban redevelop-ments and waterfront transformations. Usually, such projects have one investor (either public or private) and consist of several building volumes developed in stages, where each stage is interdependent of the totality, being able to function both on its own and within the framework of the whole project. The research addresses how large-scale architecture evolved from the late 1960s up to the early 1980s in Norway. From the societal perspective, this period represents shifting economic, political and technological realities. The post-war reconstruction had ended; the process of modernization had made itself increasingly present, and the process of democratization had become gradually more absorbed within the framework of decision-making. From the architecture culture perspective, it is the period of critique of modernism, representing the emergence of interest for the traditional (European) city. Working within and learning from the existing urban context would emerge both as a constraint and as a source of inspiration for practicing architects. The research revolves around the question: to what degree does a specific type of architectural and urbanistic sensibility emerge due to the changing societal condition and its subsequent (large-scale) building assignments in the above-mentioned period? The primary source for this study is large-scale projects in Norway: Henning Larsen’s University of Trondheim, Platou’s Vaterland and Telje-Torp-Aasen’s Aker Brygge. In other words, this research is a monograph about one particular type of projects within one specific period.

Mirza Mujezinović (1977) is an architect. He graduated at NTNU in Trondheim (2001). As a Fulbright Fellow, he was awarded a postgraduate degree, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design, at GSAPP/Columbia University in New York (2004). Since 2006, Mujezinović has been running the Oslo-based architecture office MALARCHITECTURE. Currently, the office’s first large-scale project, Lastenstrasse Housing, is under construction in Vienna.

Professor Karl Otto Ellefsen and Associate Professor Jonny Aspen, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO have been his supervisors. 

Adjudication Committee
Professor Tom Avermaete, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. First opponent. 
Professor Jens Kvorning, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen. Second opponent.
Professor Elisabeth Seip, Institute of Form, Theory and History, AHO. Third Member and Coordinator 

Date: 02. December, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Venue: AHO A2, Sverre Fehn Auditorium
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Reidun Høydal