Detour: The Architecture of Norwegian Tourist Infrastructure



Detour: The Architecture of Norwegian Tourist Infrastructure
Panel Discussion
Karl Otto Ellefsen, Ellen Hellsten, Jan Olav Jensen, and Marthe Melbye
Moderated by William Morrish

Friday, December 4, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
Parsons The New School for Design
55 West 13th Street

Exhibition Opening Reception
Following the lectures at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Exhibition on view December 4, 2009 – January 19, 2010
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 5th Avenue at 13th Street

What can rest stops, information centers, and observation decks tell visitors about a culture? The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design explores this question when it presents Detour, lectures and a traveling exhibition documenting new architecture and design along 18 Norwegian National Tourist Routes.

Detour features photography and architectural models of key works from Norway’s National Tourist Routes Project initiated by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, which encourages designers across the world to propose alternatives to the traditional tourist-route architecture, which tends to value function over aesthetic beauty. The architects and designers make structures that harmonize with the surroundings and reinforce travelers’ appreciation of the great outdoors and unspoiled countryside. A centerpiece of the exhibition is a large viewing chamber that lets visitors peek inside at a film that winds along Norway’s scenic roads and bike paths and explores in detail some of the projects.

The panel discussion will feature participating architects from the Detour project, including Karl Otto Ellefsen, an architect and principal of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, who chaired the Quality Council for Concept and National Considerations, which oversaw the development of the National Tourist Routes Project. Also participating are Jan Olav Jensen of Jensen & Skodvin, Marthe Melbye of PUSHAK, and Ellen Hellsten of Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter. Moderating the discussion is William Morrish, Dean of the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design.

The exhibition is presented by Parsons The New School for Design, sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General and presented in collaboration with the Architectural League of New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

The exhibition Detour is a collaboration between the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norsk Form – The Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway with generous support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Innovation Norway.

Admission is free to both the exhibition and the panel discussion; no tickets or reservations required. Seating is first-come, first-served for the panel discussion. AIA and New York state continuing education credits are available for the panel discussion.

Rest Area, Lofoten, Norway, Snøhetta AS