The Nordic Association of Architectural Research 2020 Symposium; Northernness

Toft, A. E. (Arrangør)

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed Organisation af og deltagelse i konference


Critically questioning whether it makes sense to talk about regional architecture or the specifically Nordic in a globalized world, this symposium set the stage for discussions about the underlying cultural forces in society that shape - and have shaped – the notion of “Northernness” in architecture, architectural education and architectural research.
Day 1, Curated by NAF/NAAR, in particularly focused on the cultural construction of the notion – its history in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design; its architectural representations and aesthetics as well as its challenges in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning as design practice.
Day 2, curated by the Oulu School of Architecture, offered a practice-oriented framework for discussions focusing on smart and resilient cities in the North; sustainable living in the North and light and materials as elements of northern architecture.
The symposium posed the questions: What is the commonsense understanding of “Northernness” in architectural research and practice today? What defines it, and in which ways does it inform the research and practice?
On this background NAF/NAAR and the Oulu School of Architecture wanted to pursue the theme of the symposium, having invited both academic scholars and practitioners to present and critically discuss their research findings as well as work in progress at this symposium.

Periode22 okt. 202023 okt. 2020
PlaceringOulu, Finland
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Northernness
  • architectural research
  • theory
  • method
  • canon