From Oslo Airport Gardermoen, take the Airport Express Train to Oslo Central Station or Nationaltheateret Station (depending on the time of your arrival and the location of your accommodation). The journey takes approximately 20 minutes, and costs NOK 180.
The University of Oslo’s Blindern campus is located 3km north-west of the city centre, and is easily reached by metro (lines 4 or 5 westbound, get off at Blindern or Forskningsparken) or by tram (lines 17 or 18 direction Rikshospitalet, get off at Universitetet Blindern). Detailed info here: http://www.uio.no/english/about/maps/getting-to-uio/
The main venue for the conference is Sophus Bugges hus (the Sophus Bugge building), situated at the north end of the Blindern campus. The building is marked with a blinking green dot on this map: http://www.uio.no/om/finn-fram/omrader/blindern/bl05/
The venues for the workshops, the Museum of Cultural History and the National Museum – Architecture, are located in the city centre.
A bunch of green Oslo experiences for the sustainable design historian
- Torggata Botaniske, Addr: Torggata 17B
Botanic cocktail bar with climbing plants, its own greenhouse and drinks with fresh ingredients and botanic elements. If the bar is too crowded, the neighbouring street Torggata offers several other good alternatives to quench the thirst, such as Crow Bar, which has a wide range of locally brewed beer, or the bicycle themed bar Peloton.
- Fuglen, Addr: Universitetsgata 2 (entr. Pilestredet)
Coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night and vintage design shop all the time. Delicious cocktails, Norwegian bottled beer, and wine from the seasonal wine list. As Fuglen doesn’t serve food, they welcome the guest to bring take away from the sushi bar next door. The interior is mainly Scandinavian design from the 1950s and 60s, and everything is for sale: chairs, tables, lamps, plates, glasses and nicknacks!
Through the centre of Oslo, from Maridalsvannet to the Oslo Fjord, runs the Akerselva river – a popular recreation area with a vibrant history. The river is eight kilometres long and passes waterfalls, swimming spots, fishing grounds, forested areas and wildlife. Akerselva's most spectacular waterfall is located by the Beier Bridge, next to Hønse-Lovisas hus.
- DogA - Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, Addr: Hausmannsgate 16
Along the Akerselva river is DogA, a meeting place for design and architecture with a diverse programme of exhibitions, conferences and meetings. DogA is housed in an old transformer station, and was awarded the National Building Prize in 2006. The in-house design shop stocks design and architecture-related products and books. The centre also houses the vegan restaurant Funky Fresh Foods.
- Ekebergparken Sculpture Park
Sculpture and national heritage park with a strong international art collection surrounded by beautiful scenery with many spectacular lookout points. Ekebergparken is always open, and free to visit. In the hillside overlooking downtown Oslo is The Ekeberg Restaurant. The building, which was designed by architect Lars Backer and completed in 1929, is one of the finest examples of functionalist architecture in Norway.
- SALT, Addr: Langkaia 1
A nomadic art project currently situated on Oslo’s shoreline, overlooking the city’s famous Opera House. The project brings together arts, music, food and architecture in four wooden constructions inspired by the traditional Norwegian racks for drying fish. Partly built of driftwood found along the seashore, Naustet (The Boat House) houses a café/bar and even has its own wood-burning sauna!
If you arrive earlier or will stay in Oslo until Sunday, these events might be of interest:
- Wednesday September 6: Full-day public seminar on plastic and art (in English) organized by Norwegian Art Yearbook. Free entry, from 10 a.m -5 p.m. Venue: Kunstnernes hus.
- Sunday September 10: Fujiko Nakaya will present one of her renowned fog sculptures in Ekebergparken. Nakaya created her first public fog sculpture at the World Fair Expo '70 in Osaka. The sculpture will be opened at 2 p.m. and will be on display for a few weeks: http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/145533/fujiko-nakaya/