Theme: Tøyen Replanted

As cities become more diverse, the challenge to shape public spaces that are alive, accessible to all and carries a unique local identity, is increasingly more complex. After belonging elsewhere, inhabitants need to find new sense of community. The investigative design program Ideal Lab takes on the theme identity, in the particular context of Tøyen in Oslo. Since most places are inhabited by indigenous and migrant populations, an inclusive local identity, emerge as important to create a happy and prosperous community. Having a certain nationality as ones only identity does not suffice anymore. We stay less often where we were born or where our ancestors came from. Humanity is migrating to the cities, and its populations can choose where and how they want to live. To create a common identity with a sense of belonging is a necessity for habitants to feel truly inter connected. The replanted identity grows out of the experiences we share and by continuously adapting.

Tøyen Replanted / Part One: Deep dive & scenarios is a workshop where designers and locals meet, develop ideas and shape scenarios together. Urban Gaming methods were used to connect to the local community at Tøyen and define the local identity. The scenarios created were shaped and visualised in the Part Two of the workshop.

19-21 October 2016

Tøyen Replanted / Part Two: Making took form as a practical workshop, where the participants pick up the ideas and scenarios from Part One, and make mock ups and prototypes. These prototypes have been shown at Tøyen Torg and during the Oslo National Architecture Day.

26-29 October 2016

Tøyen Replanted is organised by Ideal Lab, in collaboration with the Norwegian Organisation of interior architects and furniture designers (NIL) and Vestre. 

Partners are the Deichmanske Bibliotek, Interkulturelt Museum and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Supported by Bergesenstiftelsen.