The Forest




The boreal forest is a cultural landscape that has influenced Nordic designers across fields; however, designers often ignore the fact that most forests are managed landscapes and objects of design.

The studio is not about wood, nor about buildings made of wood. It is about the invention of the forest as a cultural landscape and spatial metaphor informing architecture. Secondarily, the studio looks into the need for an updated set of forest representations in the urban forests around Oslo. From myths to management to spatial metaphors, the studio engages with the figure of the forest clearing as a design act that informs architecture and landscape architecture in equal measure.

The studio was a collaboration with the school of Architecture at Yale university.


Teachers: Luis Callejas, Gro Bonesmo, Mattias F. Josefsson


Jury: Rosetta Elkin, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Amela and Rodrigo da Costa Lima, Karin Helms, Sabine Müller and Marta Caldeira


Students: Vegard Dyrhol Riise, Ask Olsson Aabø, Guðni Brynjólfur Ásgeirsson, Eirik Spånem Eliassen, Ane Liavaag Ellefsen, Emma Sophie Margrete Eriksen-Hirschberg, Marius Falkenberg Erikstad, Louis Gervais, Karoline Borander Holmestrand, Radka Komrsova, Peter Has Larsen, Viktor Nordheim, Emma Radler, Thomas Friis Rasmussen, Eirik Mikael Skogli, Oscar Figur Waddington, Josephine Sophie-Charlotte Zorowka, Sebastian Jørung Øvrebø, Anne-Catherine Jeanne Sonja Goebbels, Mirjam Edenhofer and Lydia Johanna Alvina Winninge.