Pre conference: 24-25 May 2008 / Conference: 26-29 May
Detailed information: conference program
Post conference tour: starting 30th May
Detailed information: post conference tour

organizing body
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
Oslo, Norway

conference organizers
Ulf Grønvold, senior curator,
Tone Vesti Wilse, Marketing and Events Manager,
Hilde Ørpen Sakshaug
Finance Officer

conference secretariat / official travel agency
Meeting Management AS
Niels Juels gt 39, 0257 Oslo
Phone: +47 22 55 50 11
Fax: +47 22 56 35 10
Contact person: Liv Torunn Berg

conference & market place
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
The administration building
Kristian August gate 23, Oslo

registration fees
until 28/02/08 after 28/02/2008
icam Members                         NOK 4700 (ca. 610 €)     NOK 5300 (ca.690€)
non-icam Members                 NOK 5200 (ca. 675 €)     NOK 5950 (ca.775€)
partners of icam Members     NOK 2300 (ca. 300 €)     NOK 2700 (ca.350€)

pre Conference tour               NOK 230 (ca. 30 €)
post Conference tour             NOK 7200 (ca. 935 €)

registration and payment deadline 1st of May 2008

market place
Members are encouraged to bring folders, programs, and any kind of publications which might be of interest to other members, to be put on display throughout the conference. Members interested in reserving space at the Market Place are kindly requested to fill in the appropriate space in the Registration Form.

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ICAM14 – Oslo

conference program

May 24th – 29th 2008

Sunday May 25th 2008
10.00-17.00 Registration / Market place
The Administration Building
Kristian Augustgt 23

10.00-13.00 Board meeting
The Architectural Museum
Board only

10.00-13.00 SAR meeting
The Administration Building

10.00-13.00 Gaudi meeting
The Administration Building

14.00-17.00 The City Core and the Harbour
A guided city walk along the harbour, through Akershus Fortress (partly medieval, partly renaissance) to the new Ministry of Defence building, a sensitive infill in a demanding historic context.

19.00 Conference Opening and Reception at Oslo City Hall
The City of Oslo is inviting us into its grandest hall decorated by huge fresco murals. This is where the Nobel Peace Prize is rewarded every December.
Fabian Stang, Mayor
Ulf Grønvold, Senior curator the National Museum
Dietmar Steiner, icam president

Monday May 26th 2008

08.00 – 19.00 Registration / Market place

08.30 – 09.30 Introductory Session: The Nordic Experience
The Administration Building
What characterizes the most Northern country in the world? A brief introduction to Norwegian landscape, history and architectural development.

Departure by bus from Tullinløkka

10.00-11.00 The Viking Ship Museum
A short meeting with three 1200 years old – and very elegant – Viking ships.

11.00-12.30 The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
One of the two first open air museums in the world.

13.00-14.00 Lunch
The Administration Building

14.00-14.20 Lecture: Interpreting the roots

Departure by bus from Tullinløkka

14.30-16.30 Wooden architecture
Is there a continuing line from the old farm houses to contemporary Norwegian architecture? A bus tour up on the Holmenkollen hill to see Dragon style buildings and new wooden architecture.

Coffee break

16.45-18.45 Session 1: Collecting Architecture
Marc Treib, University of California, will chair the session. He writes: “Although objects, furniture, and fragments have long been a part of architectural collections and exhibitions, we tend to focus on accumulating their surrogates: drawings, models, written descriptions. As a complement to these concerns this session will address the issues of dealing with buildings in pieces or as wholes, the reasons behind their collecting, the challenges of their cataloguing and display, and practices for their preservation.”

20.00- 22.00 The Architectural Museum
A visit and reception. The building is probably the last work by Sverre Fehn. Opens early 2008.

Tuesday May 27th 2008

08.30 Departure by bus from Tullinløkka

10.30-11.30 Hedmark Museum
A one day bus excursion. If time permits, we will stop on the way to see recent architecture. The museum, situated next to the lake Mjøsa, 100 km North of Oslo, is a major work by Sverre Fehn. The protective glass structure (by Lund and Slaatto) over the medieval cathedral ruins is also noteworthy.

11.30-12.30 Lunch
Hamarstua spiseri

12.30-14.30 Session 2: Architectural Museums and Architectural education
Barry Bergdoll, Moma, will chair the session. He writes:
“This session invites papers which reflect on the relationship between architectural education and museums and galleries devoted to architecture, both historically and in current practice. What should be collected from student work and as evidence of the evolution of pedagogy; who should collect it, and in a digital age in what form? Equally of interest are dimensions of the question of audience that always confront architectural curators: in what ways can architectural museums address both issues of importance to architectural students and to the general public?”

16.30-17.30 Gyldendal Publishing House
Back in Oslo, we will visit one more building by Sverre Fehn. This one opened in 2007.

18.00-20.00 icam subgroup on education
The Administration Building

Wednesday May 28th 2008
08.30 Departure by bus from Tullinløkka

08.30-10.30 1930s architecture
It is not so all well known internationally, but the decades between the two World Wars was a strong period in Norwegian architecture. A bus excursion to see early Modernist architecture in Oslo.

11.00-13.00 Session 3: Travelling exhibitions
The Administration Building
Peter Schmal, DAM, will chair the session. He writes:
“What are the reasons that make visitors go to the authentic museum space to actually see an architectural exhibition? What are the advantages of the physical reality that surpass those of the non-physical digital and electronic environment and make the visit of a museum a special experience, worth the extra effort of traveling and spending time and money? And in which ways does the advancement of exhibition design help foster these experiences? What is the role of the authentic piece for traveling exhibitions in our digital age?”

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Departure by bus from Tullinløkka

14.15-16.30 Post war architecture Examples from the 1960s and the recent years.
A bus excursion to see buildings by Lund and Slaatto, SverreFehn plus Jensen and Skodvin.

17.00-19.00 Session 4: Architectural book publishing
The Administration Building
Irena Murray, RIBA, will chair the session. She writes:”The session looks at the challenges faced by the world of architectural publishing and the factors that influencethe range, quality, content, typology and medium of architectural publications and shape their future. Aninternational panel of speakers will debate the influence on publishing of architecture and design issues of thnew millennium and more specifically advancing technology, graphic design and editorial input over the lastdecade.”

Thursday May 29th 2008
08.30 Departure by bus from Tullinløkka

09.00-10.00 The National Archive
Situated at the foot of the forest North of Oslo, the National Archive is a modern and well equipped institution where the archival material is kept in bomb safe tunnels into the rock. Their drawing collection is surprising and interesting.

10.30-12.30 Session 5: Selection: Between ideal and reality
Mariet Willinge, Nai, will chair the session. She writes:”Selection in architectural archives is one of the most important means to keep the collection manageable. As archives are often extensive, much energy has to be spent on management, processing and preservation, which is of course a costly affair. Costs of storage are also high. All reasons to think of selection, on reducing the size to get an archive that is better manageable, where the right records are easier to find, and where the costs of packing and storage are diminished.”

12.30-13.30 Lunch
The Administration Building

14.00-16.30 The General Assembly
Report from The Gaudi group

18.00 Boat from Honnørbrygga
A boat trip from Oslo to a charming, 1930s restaurant pavilion at the shore of Hvalstrand where the final reception will take place.

24.00 Bus back to Tullinløkka



Pre conference tour:

Two monumental buildings in Oslo

Saturday May 24th 2008
14.00-15.00 The Royal Palace
The Palace has recently been restored and superintendent Ragnar Osnes and his staff will give us a unique guided tour of the neoclassical palace up on the hill overlooking the Karl Johan, the main street in Oslo.

Public transport

16.00-17.00 The new National Opera
The spectacular building is the result of a major international competition and it will open in spring 2008. It is situated at the harbour front constructed partly into the sea. Guided by the architects from Snøhetta we will walk on the sloping, landscaped Carrara marble roof and see both the public and the back stage area.

Cost per person NOK 230 (ca. 30 €)

Note: Above rate is applicable if 30 persons register for this tour. Maximum number of participants is limited to 40.


post conference tour

Fjords, waterfalls, stave churches and modern architecture

Friday May 30th 2008

Bus tour starting in Oslo. Stopping at Lillehammer to see the Visitor Centre (by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk) at the home of Nobel Prize winner author Sigrid Undset, next to the 2004 Olympic ski jump. Up Gudbrandsdalen valley, stopping at Ringebu stave church.

Saturday May 31st 2008
Driving over the mountains to the fjords in Western Norway. Visiting Urnes stave church (UNESCO world heritage list) and the Glacier Museum by Sverre Fehn.

Sunday June 1st 2008
Ferry along the spectacular Nærøyfjord (UNESCO World Heritage List). From Gudvangen to Undredal, Aurland and Stegastein viewing platform (by Saunders & Wilhelmsen) with a magnificent panorama over the fjord landscape. Over the mountains to Borgund stave church with a new Visitors Centre by Askim and Lantto. A walk down the winding, historic Vindhella road.

Monday June 2nd 2008

A walk in the charming wooden village Lærdalsøyri. Up the winding Stalheimskleivene road at Gudvangen, passing a water fall and driving to the Bergen, the second biggest city in Norway.

Tuesday June 3rd 2008
The tour ends with a city walk to see the architectural highlights of Bergen.

The participants fly out from Bergen or take the bus back to Oslo (no extra charge for the bus, but the trip lasts 10 hours.)

cost per person
NOK 7200 (ca. 935 €) – single room. NOK 6100 (ca.792 €) – double room.

the rate includes
• Transportation throughout the tour by private air-condition coach
• 4 nights accommodation: 2 nights in historical hotels, one night in a modern hotel, one night
in a mountain cottage.
• 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners (drinks not included)
• 4 lunches (drinks not included)
• Refreshments while touring
• Entrance fees to museums
• English speaking guides

The post conference tour will be organized with a minimum of 20 participants.

Maximum number of participants is limited to 30.

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