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.

 

Contact us

Erling Fossen, 
Executive Director
erling@fossen.as
+47 907 54 954

Linnéa Svensson, 
Project Manager
linnea@greener-events.com
+47 922 83 454


Facebook @oslourbanarena

 

 

Program committee

   Erling Fossen    Executive director for Oslo Urban arena and an urban geographer that loves his city. Managing Director for Oslo Metropolitan Area - a non-profit organization working to perfect the urban development of Greater Oslo. 

Erling Fossen
Executive director for Oslo Urban arena and an urban geographer that loves his city. Managing Director for Oslo Metropolitan Area - a non-profit organization working to perfect the urban development of Greater Oslo. 

  Linnea E. Svensson   Project manager for Oslo Urban Arena 2018. She is a part of the programme committee and is also in charge for the breakout sessions. She is a social anthropologist with a background in events, festivals and sustainability projects and loves cities.

Linnea E. Svensson 
Project manager for Oslo Urban Arena 2018. She is a part of the programme committee and is also in charge for the breakout sessions. She is a social anthropologist with a background in events, festivals and sustainability projects and loves cities.

  Sverre Landmark  Works in Aspelin Ramm, a property developer active in the rapid development of Oslo city. Sverre believes that attractive areas and cities come as a result of a magnitude of different forces, and that cooperation in good faith between public sector and private developers is crucial.

Sverre Landmark
Works in Aspelin Ramm, a property developer active in the rapid development of Oslo city. Sverre believes that attractive areas and cities come as a result of a magnitude of different forces, and that cooperation in good faith between public sector and private developers is crucial.

  Marianne Skjulhaug  Architect and associate professor at the Oslo school of architecture and design, devoted to urbanism and landscape. She is also vice president in Europan Norway.

Marianne Skjulhaug
Architect and associate professor at the Oslo school of architecture and design, devoted to urbanism and landscape. She is also vice president in Europan Norway.

  Andreas Vaa Bermann , Architect, urbanist and Head of Department of Area Development in the Agency for Planning and Building Services of Oslo.  He strives for best processes and that each and every development in the cities contributes with some extra quality to the city and its inhabitants.

Andreas Vaa Bermann,
Architect, urbanist and Head of Department of Area Development in the Agency for Planning and Building Services of Oslo.  He strives for best processes and that each and every development in the cities contributes with some extra quality to the city and its inhabitants.

   Tin Phan   Architect & urbanist M.Arch, winner of the Aspelin Ramm award 2016. Head Honcho of Gattaca, an independent office, providing assessments on urban affairs. Tin is also an advocate for how research can be more operative in design processes, urban planning and policy making.

Tin Phan
Architect & urbanist M.Arch, winner of the Aspelin Ramm award 2016. Head Honcho of Gattaca, an independent office, providing assessments on urban affairs. Tin is also an advocate for how research can be more operative in design processes, urban planning and policy making.

 
 
 Asluag Tveit

Asluag Tveit

 Tomas Stokke

Tomas Stokke

 Lin Skaufel

Lin Skaufel

  Victoria Marie Evensen  Committee chair for the standing committee on urban development, Oslo city council. She represents Labour. Victoria has been an elected member of the city council since 2011. Last term she was a member of the standing committee on culture and education. 

Victoria Marie Evensen
Committee chair for the standing committee on urban development, Oslo city council. She represents Labour. Victoria has been an elected member of the city council since 2011. Last term she was a member of the standing committee on culture and education. 

 
 
 

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