Some dedicated Oslopolitans sat in downtown Stockholm at "Den Gyldene Freden" during "Stockholm Business Arena". The lunch served at the fair was awful, and while sitting there somebody said: If we should do a similar event in Oslo. The event must be downtown and our lunch should be served in the city by the surrounding eateries. We discussed the absence of a common arena in Oslo - where the real estate community could meet activists, students, politicians and planners. The Nordic countries lacked a common arena where best practices could be shared, and we could make it happen.
One year later Oslo Urban Arena was born, with target groups as diverse as the people of the city itself.
Oslo Urban Arena (OUA) is a collective of architects, planners, developers and urban activists from a multidisciplinary background with on a mission to launch a conference, debate and lecture arena every year, on urbanism and urban development from the heart of the center of Oslo. OUA was held for the first time in June 2014 and we have continued the conversation since then, by 2016 Oslo Urban Arena gathered over 700 professionals and curious urbanists.
Oslo Urban Arena is dedicated and passionate about the city. We strive to identify urban solutions connected to a variety of urban topics. Like a rhizome, we push the conversation on urbanism forward, shooting out progressive themes and topics. In addition to an extended conference program that hosts renowned speakers, we also contribute to the public debate on urban development and organize exhibition spaces. Oslo Urban Arena strives to connect individuals from various backgrounds and disciplines and provides several platforms for them to socialize, exchange ideas and expertise, share experiences and knowledge in the field of urbanism and the interests attached to it. We are not only a global platform that is dedicated to share through arranging a conference for urbanists but also an arena where we can collectively debate local and global solutions.