Vardø, Finnmark, Norway, 21 – 26.11. 2017
Andrew Morrison, Amanda Steggell and Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
Island ∼ Passage ∼ Future North. Futures Seminar.
Hosted by the Future North research project, led by Janike Kampevold Larsen at The Oslo School for Architecture and Design , and inspired by the work and support of Vardø Restored, the Futures Seminar featured recent research; the process of development and emergence. This research seminar led into a series of events in Vardø during the week. The programme is underpinned by the Vardø Restored project and leads towards opening our new design, landscape, educational and research arenas for future collaboration and inquiry.
Traveling by bus between Vadsø Airport to Vardø. Wide open landscapes. Mesmerising.
Vardø is Norway’s easternmost city and the only city in Europe in the Arctic climate zone, north Norway’s oldest city, the northernmost fortified city of the world, Finnmark’s oldest fishing village and Pomor trading capital. Vardø is also one of Norway’s oldest cities, with city status from 1789.
Vardø municipality, the gate to the northeast passage and to the Barents Sea, had 2104 inhabitants per. 2017, and an area of 596 km2. The municipality consists of the town of Kiberg on the mainland, and the town of Vardø on the island, which has a mainland connection through the 2.8 km tunnel, northern Europe’s first subsea tunnel.