The Greenhouse Effect – Architectural explorations on circular economy in Arctic environments. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.

What can we learn from geographically marginalized regions such as the Arctic in a transition to more circular building strategies? Tine Hegli talks about the design and execution of a community Greenhouse in Vardø spring 2021, how material scarcity has encouraged resource efficiency, and the Arctic as a green leader.

In a greenhouse attached to a brick wall a person is about to water the plants.

Urban gardening and communal greenhouses in Vardø has prompted discussions on resilient housing and sustainable management of material properties and land areas.

Photo: Illustration credits: OM. Birkeland, J. Ludvigsen and M. Wikse

About the presentation

The transition to a circular economy is a key factor to achieve a sustainable construction industry in accordance with the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). The implementation of circular building strategies is easier in geographically marginalized regions where material scarcity has encouraged resource efficiency, one that has been inherent to their building practice for centuries. Suddenly these societies are ahead of their time and can take leading positions in the “green shift”.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) has been using the Arctic as a testing ground for the exploration of circular building strategies in a series of architectural master courses. In this presentation, architect and professor Tine Hegli will talk about the design and execution of a community Greenhouse in Vardø spring 2021, and how this project has given valuable input to the municipality's work on setting strategic goals for resilient housing and sustainable economic development in the region. The project has further led to a research initiative across the disciplines of architecture, preservation and planning, landscape, ecology and social anthropology where the aim is to develop strategies for sustainable management of material properties and land areas in Vardø and the northern Varanger region.

About the presenter

Tine Hegli currently works at AHO, Institute of Architecture, where she runs the master course Climate Form. The research focus of the course is climate adaptive and carbon neutral architecture in Arctic environments and revolves around prototyping of experimental architectural structures. Her expertise is within zero emission building strategies, integrated energy design and the use of lifecycle methodology in design development processes. She has been involved in large research projects in collaboration with NTNU (ZEB / ZEN) and Harvard GSD and has 20 years of process and project leader experience through her position as lead architect at Snøhetta.

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

Tags: Architecture, Arctic, Sustainability, SDGs, Environment
Published Apr. 26, 2022 12:09 PM - Last modified Apr. 26, 2022 12:12 PM