Trial lecture 11.00: Discuss the possible applications of Henri Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis for urban planners working in contemporary, African urban settings.
Current infrastructural transformations in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa are leveraged on apparent and positive links between social progress, economic growth and political reform. But what are the implications of these transformations on concurrent urban process? This thesis contends that adaptations to the transformations of road infrastructure in Nairobi, Kenya, herald a spatial shift from settlement to movement. This shift magnifies the space of flows over spaces of pause, products over buildings and transience over permanence. Made evident in this shift is the realization that the space of road transportation infrastructure–enframed through proleptic lenses of politics and formal practice, and, reduced into pure functional product–is often not accepted as is: claims, counterclaims, obligations and rights are expressed in everyday life’s reframing of it. Such enframing and subsequent reframing of existing connections occurring simultaneously at structural and architectural scales of urbanism cannot be fathomed by planning agencies as constituted. I promote a diachronic view of transformation not just as historic process, but also as a complex, spontaneous and evolving process that continually reconfigures urban space.
Professor Karl Otto Ellefsen, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO. Main supervisor. Professor emeritus Sven Erik Svendsen. Co-supervisor.
Professor Winnie V. Mitullah, University of Nairobi, Kenya. First opponent.
Professor Wilbard J. Kombe, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Second opponent.
Architect, PhD Anders Ese, Rodeo Architects, Oslo. Third member and coordinator.
Date: 31. March, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: A2 Sverre Fehn
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo
Contact: Rådgiver Reidun Høydal