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Commons, community and connections

Anne Lise Lizcano Ladegård


Høst 2023
Institutt for arkitektur

Halvor Weider Ellefsen
How can people and the existing buildings at Økernsenteret be a drive for the development of a community?
Økernsenteret in Oslo, built in 1970, has served as a relief for the city with its pavilions and iconic 18-story building, Høyblokka. Over the years, it has housed diverse functions, including offices, a mall, schools, a police station, and more. New plans will keep Høyblokka and demolish the pavilions.

In this diploma project Økernsenteret is preserved, partly within Økerns future development plans. Instead of opting for demolition, the existing structure can be a catalyst for non-commercial activities and community-driven initiatives.


The project works with three connections:
- Historical or future connections to or around Økernsenteret

- Architectural interventions that enhance connections between the built structures

- Architecture that encourages connections between people and generates stronger communities. This can also be called commons.





This thesis envisions Økernsenteret not as a relief for the city as it once was, but as a dynamic urban generator. The inhabitants of Høyblokka feeds the program in the pavilions, available to people from the city. The thesis ambition is to find an alternative plan where community and the historical preservation of Økernsenteret is in focus.


Anne Lise Lizcano Ladegård / anlila@live.no, +4796222298