Norwegian Scenic Routes
Norwegian Scenic Routes_Per Ritzler
One of Norway’s major modern tourist attractions is known as the National Scenic Routes – 18 selected roads in various parts of the country, which navigate through beautiful and diverse landscapes.
Scenic byways are obviously not a phenomenon specific to Norway, but what makes the Norwegian project quite unique is the conscious use of modern and often spectacular architecture. Rest areas, viewpoints, toilet facilities, pathways, stairs and furniture along all 18 routes have been specially designed, largely by Norwegian architects, and are receiving increasing attention and recognition far beyond national borders. The idea of “Architecture in Nature” as part of the Norwegian road projects has become an international concept.
Additions: Integrating Old and New
Architectural Addition: Integrating Old and New_Isabel Potworowski
The main task facing architects today is the redevelopment of the existing built fabric. Especially in Central Europe, where approximately two thirds of building activity is in urban areas,1 there is a shift of emphasis from new development to the reuse and extension of residential and public buildings. …… The historic factors that have influenced the integration of old and new shed light on the qualities of historic buildings, and on their potential for contemporary redevelopment. In particular, the value of historic buildings includes their ability to provide a sense of stability and continuity, their authenticity, and their contribution to placemaking.
New Heights in Urban Housing
New Heights in Urban Housing_Heidi Saarinen
Whilst the global housing situation is shifting into crisis in many parts of the world and catching ever more political headlines and debate, more and more housing projects are sprouting up around us. …… The world’s population is growing faster than ever before, and there is now, in too many cities, all over the world, a shortage of land and budgets for building good quality, and the necessary affordable housing for all. Therefore, architects, designers and planners are even more scrutinised and results are expected to be high, at all costs and at all levels. …… Therefore an innovative, sustainable approach is a must, as we see, in different ways; in the projects featured in this essay.