White Arkitekter Oslo and OsloMet Oceanlab invite the public to the event Living Urban Sea

Many urban harbor areas will transform during the coming years. An important theme for urban quality is how we design together with nature in the border zone between land and water. Together with OsloMet Oceanlab we therefore invite the public to the event ‘’Living Urban Sea’’ during Oslo Urban Week.

The UN’s new nature agreement, adopted at COP15 2022, aims for 30% of all nature that has been either partially or entirely destroyed to be restored by 2030. Nature will therefore be an important theme in all development projects in Oslo. On the 13th of September, during Oslo Urban Week, we are instigating a discussion on design principles for the development of waterfront areas, as this is an important part of the city’s development strategy. We ask the question: How can we build with nature, and not against it?

In 2012, we developed the principle and strategic plan for the Harbor Promenade in Oslo. The plan holds through 2040 and is linked to the comprehensive plan for Fjordbyen. The route for the Harbor Promenade over Filipstad has always been a challenge due to port activity at Hjortnes. In 2022, we were engaged by Oslo municipality to prepare a feasibility study for nature restoration in the inner Oslofjord where Filipstad was one of the focus areas for the study. The background for the assignment was based on the fact that the ferry traffic at Hjortnes and Vippetangen would be moved, and these areas will be ripe for transformation. Experience gained from both projects, and even more in our portfolio, are relevant for future urban development on nature’s premises.


White Arkitekter Oslo is passionate about blue-green urban development. It has been a red thread in our work over the years and is even more important today. Our work as architects and landscape architects does not stop by the water’s edge but continues down into the water and below the water’s surface. We believe that Filipstad can become a model project for Oslo's future "Living Urban Sea", and are therefore very happy to invite the public to this event.
Sofie Bentzen, Architect and Office director, White Arkitekter Oslo

Oceanlab – Havlaboratoriet is OsloMet’s center for research in ocean technology, sustainability and environmental protection at Filipstad. By developing technology that collects data, OsloMet contributes to developing knowledge about the sea, water, and water resources. It is important to ensure good future resource management in the sea and to be able to achieve sustainability goals. Urban oceans requite seeing oceans and water resources in the context of urban life and urban development. We shall become as aware of what happens in the blue as we are in the green.

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Beach park, Bergen

Event: Living Urban Sea

Host:  White Arkitekter Oslo and OsloMet Oceanlab

Date:  13. september 2023, at 15.00 (doors open from 14.00)

Place: Oceanlab Makerspace, Filipstad, Oslo

14.00 | Open doors, demonstration of underwater drone and other technology

15.00 | Presentations:

  • Why should cities contribute to the nature agrement? Gro Sandskjær Hanssen, OsloMet
  • Nyhavna-Project in Trondheim, Frode Halvorsen, Ocean Autonomy Cluster
  • Feasibility Study for Nature Restoration at Hjortnes/Vippetangen Pål Dixon Sandberg, White Arkitekter
  • Bergen Bystrand and new Lungegårdspark, Bergen Gina Bast Mossige, White Arkitekter

15.45 | Panel discussion

16.00 | Mingling and drinks

Moderator for panel discussion: Liv Marit Søyseth, White Arkitekter Oslo

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