11 October 2010

Hej Hej Oslo, Norway

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update (and just a preview) of this past weekend in Oslo, Norway. More stories and pictures to follow, but I am quite busy packing for the 2011 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy for the upcoming week.

Norway is a beautiful country and the Nordic culture is one to experience. The weather was beautiful, and the weekend proved to be one of the most productive, intriguing, and thought-provoking since arriving Europe.

The Oslo Opera House. I can't speak enough about this building in terms of elements and principles of design and architecture. Will post more later.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Home of the Nordic World Ski Championships.
Scriverò più dopo l'Italia! Arrivederci i buoni amici!
Jeg vil skrive mere efter Italien! Farvel godt venner!

03 October 2010

Update from Danish Landscape Study Trip

It’s been awhile since I last wrote, but I have found myself busy with school and on a study trip around the country of Denmark. Our main areas of travel included the parameter of the Northwestern and Southern Zealand island. The Denmark landscape reminds me much of Iowa’s, considering it too was shaped dramatically by the last Ice Age which occurred about 12,000 years ago. It represents an open, rolling-hill landscape with forests, woods, lakes and ample views to the open seas. These are some images from my travels this past week, and I hope you enjoy some of the factual information regarding the photographs!

Martime Youth Centre - Amager Strandvej 13, København S. The architects were PLOT (=BIG +JDS).
Amager Beach - Amager Strandvej, København S. Amager Strand stretches along a 2 km long island, which was created off the Øresund coast. The entire area covered by Amager Strand is a protected recreational area.
Kastrup Sea Baths - Amager Strandvej 301, Kastrup. Kastrup Sobad rises out of the sea to occupy a central position off the Oresund coast. The sea baths were constructed out of a beautiful tropic azobe wood (which is resistant to salt water) and the circular shape with an outer screen has advantages since it shelters swimmers against the wind.
Andelslandsbyen (Co-operative Village) Nyvang

In the Co-operative Village Nyvang we experienced the period in which the co-operative movement had its heyday from 1870 – 1950. The idea behind the co-operative movement is that several people co-operate on a task that a single person cannot complete alone. Together you obtain venture capital – afterwards you share both profits and losses. You can solve larger assignments and secure a better and more consistent quality – or through big purchasing get a better price and larger selection. The co-operative movement succeeded all over Denmark and created many new opportunities including jobs within the village.

Kongskilde - Tystrup Sø (Suserup Forest)

This is an image from one of Denmark’s finest natural forests, which as lasted for over 6,000 years without forest intervention. The forest represented a good idea of how a prehistoric mixed forests might have looked. Due to water protection, recreation and environment problems, Demark will double its current 12% of land consisting of forests to 25%.

This is a photograph taken at DONG Energy, a charcoal plant on one of Denmark’s coast. It is currently not in use by the country of Denmark, but is used by South Africa as a transport hub. By 2050, Denmark hopes to be independent of gas, oil, and charcoal.

Faxe Kalkburd (limestone quarry) is a quarry on the outskirts of Faxe. Refraction of limestone from this quarry started in the early 13th century. The quarry has produced many kinds of limestone and is estimated to be about 63 million years old, coming from an elevated seabed from Danientiden in the early Paleogene era. There is ample opportunity to find fossils, as we did with our chisels and hammers!

This image of Møns Klint was captured after walking down 550 steps, almost a 128 m. perpendicular drop down to the beach from where we started. The folds of chalk in the flint layers are proof of the upward thrust of the cliff during the ice age.

I will be taking a 15 hour ferry to Oslo, Norway this upcoming weekend and the following week will be at the 2010 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy.

Farvel, Brett