Architectural Film Fest Norway

As a part of the dominating discourse, Norwegian cities and municipalities are aiming to be creative, innovative, competitive and attractive. They’re often competing to attract the; well educated, mobile, young, culture-consuming, innovative creative upper middle class. At the same time, the differences in Norway increase and social inequality is on the rise. The tension between focus on a desired future and real-time management can pose challenges.

Since the world is getting more and more urbanized, planners see the necessity of applying a strategy that hinders urban-sprawl – and instead they seek to grow, in a sustainable manner, without taking up more land. They promote urban transformation and development within the city limits.

Relevant questions for the program:

  • How can urban development promote urbanization and growth without contributing to social inequality and exclusion? 
  • How can “the life between houses” and public spaces counteract polarization between social groups? 
  • Is the social-democratic idea of community building dead and the barracks left to commercial speculators? 
  • How can local democracies ensure that investors, developers and entrepreneurs & the less influential, socially excluded, poorer citizens get included and are heard? 
  • Can architecture be used to promote social equity?
  • Is architecture a relevant tool for meeting social problems? 
  • What do we actually know about the ability of architecture to influence social issues? 
  • Are there effective political or regulatory tools, for social housing programs or an inclusive urban development that accommodates all parts of society?

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Cite: "Architectural Film Fest Norway" 28 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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