Lecture by Architect Reiulf Ramstad in PA and NY

Outlookplateau at Trollstigen National Tourist Route by the Geiranger Fjord in Romsdalen, Norway. Designed by Reilulf Ramstad Arkitekter.

Reiulf Ramstad will give lectures about the Detour project, and his architecture firm’s involvement, in Philadelphia and New York this September.

Ramstad established Reiulf Ramstad Architects in order to create an architectural practice that would turn conceptual research and practical and theoretical knowledge into driving forces of sustainable design. Ramstad has earned a reputation for innovative architecture, displaying a deep understanding of the uniqueness of sites and programs and rejecting standardized solutions, creating award-winning designs in all kinds of environments from urban densities to remote unpopulated areas. Yet, the specific profile of the practice relies on a particular sensitivity to natural landscapes.

Detour started in 1993 as a collaborative project between the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and the foundation Norsk Form. At the heart of the project lay a wish to integrate contemporary architecture into Norwegian landscapes. With this goal in mind, Norwegian and international architects and designers have over the past decade located 18 suitable tourist routes in Norway, and highlighted them by creating close to 200 innovative and visually appealing viewing platforms, resting points, and picnic areas along the roadsides.

Rather than simply promoting Norway’s well known natural attractions, the architects wanted to draw attention to interesting locations along the less trafficked roads, hopefully luring tourists off the beaten path. Like many recent architectural projects in Norway, the dynamic between these constructions and their immediate surroundings was at the forefront of the designers’ minds. In an article for Architectural Record, journalist David Sokol describes the project as a “dialogue with nature.”

The Detour project are currently on Display at the Center for Architecture in Philadelphia and will travel to Parsons The New School for Design in NYC this December.

When: September 9

Where: Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Info: Visit and be the lucky winner of a trip for two to Norway courtesy of US Airways and Visitnorway.com

When: September 10 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where: The Glass Corner, second floor lobby and event space, Parsons The New School for Design, 25 E 13th St, NY.

Source: Norway.org

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