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Skien and Porsgrunn are two bordering cities in Telemark County that for many years have had an intertwined history. This has been a co-existence that both sides have benefited from, and the two municipalities now collaborate on an increasing number of areas. The cities also physically interact. Last decades’ substantial urban sprawl has converted the two cities into one continuous urban field of over 100 000 inhabitants. This has allowed for increased space and quality living. However, the sprawl has led to a difficult, infrastructural situation. Only a minuscule 5% of travelers use public transportation.

Location: Skien, Porsgrunn

Population: 51 670 (Skien), 34 540 (Porsgrunn) and 117 273 (Grenland area)

Commission after competition: Zoning plan

Site proposed by: Skien Municipality, Porsgrunn Municipality and Telemark County.

Owners of the site: Various public and private owners.

Clients and partners in Skien-Porsgrunn: Marte Bakken (Advisor in Urban Planning, Telemark County), Hanne Birte Hulløen (City Planner in Porsgrunn), Marius Lid (City Planner in Porsgrunn), Marie Ekelund (Planting, City Planner in Skien) and Olav Backe-Hansen (Head of Town Planning Office in Skien)


Situated on the south-western coast of Norway, Haugesund is a mid-size city with a population of 34,500. The region centre, with close to 150,000 people, is situated between two larger cities, Bergen and Stavanger. Haugesund’s Historic Centre suffers from a classic urban predicament: the draining of commercial activity to suburban malls. With preserved buildings on just about every block, the historic grid provides few, if any, sites for much needed larger scale programs to establish additional programs within the city.

Fortunately, the City of Haugesund owns a large, open site on the boundary between the historic downtown and the nearby living areas – mostly one-family dwellings that surround the city on three sides. Flotmyr, a bus terminal for local and regional buses, has remained an undeveloped space for the last 60 years. Once the proud gateway to Haugesund, it is now an urban void, filled with temporary programs such as bus stops, bus parking, a repair and cleaning garage, and free ground-level parking. Once perceived as the city’s deteriorated backyard and used as a landfill, Flotmyr is now seen as an opportunity to strengthen Haugesund’s position as the regional centre.

Location: Haugesund, Flotmyr

Population: 34 500 (150 000 Haugesund region)

Study area: 81,6 ha

Commission after competition: Zoning plan

Site proposed by: Haugesund Municipality

Owners of site: Haugesund Municipality

Clients and partners in Haugesund: Elisabeth Østnor (Municipality planner), Kristian Endresen (City Planner), Kristine Synne Jepsen (Head of planning, zoning and surveying) and Ragnhild Bakkevig (City planner)


In its hay day, the Grønmo landfill used to be the largest in Northern Europe. Having functioned as Oslo’s main spot for the unwanted since 1969, Grønmo counted over 8 million cubic meters of trash, (or more than 3 times the volume of the Cheops pyramid) when it closed in 2009. An enormous, artificial landscape built up from household waste, industrial waste, asbestos, hydroxide sludge, fly ash and more, fills up the former valley-scape. Today the waste is covered by a thin, green dressed, top cover preventing surface water from reaching in. Furthermore, over 200 gas wells perforate the mounds of Grønmo, making sure the continuous methane discharges, due to the anaerobic digestion of the waste, are directed into the nearby incinerator rather than let out in the open air.

Location: Oslo, Søndre Nordstrand

Population: 600 000

Project site: 52 ha

Commission after competition: Possibility for building.

Site proposed by: Municipality of Oslo

Owners of site: Municipality of Oslo

Clients and partners in Oslo: Wenche Moe (Chief Architect), Steinar Sidselrud (Head of Section), Henriette Vidnes (Head Engineer), Torild Bakke (Head Architect) and Brynjar Fredheim (Head Engineer)