Bakgård: December 2008              


By Telje Torp Aasen.


Nuno with a flash-frenzy update.


This event should come to Oslo some day.

Eamon O'Kane

Nicely interpreted architecture by Eamon O'Kane.

Ante Up Your Project

Augmented Reality; A must try for all architecture students.

Toyo Thing

Sumika Pavilion by Toyo Ito.


Pictures from our Bakgård correspondent Ville. Can you see where he's been?

Neon Chandelier

Pierre and Richard made this for our christmas party at school

Mr Glasses

Together with Kitty, Hard Hat and Sean, Mister Glasses defends the values of Modernist Architecture against the onslaughts of wealthy patrons. After weathering a storm of commissions, Mister Glasses reaffirms his architectural philosophy. Look out for a cameo from old 102 friends John Gemberling and Curtis Gwinn.

Mister Glasses must summon the work of his former mentor in order to aid a lovesick high schooler. Can an architect build a bridge between two hearts? Mister Glasses helps a lovelorn student using a miniature erection.

Shot by a rival architect, Mister Glasses recounts a childhood trauma

While recuperating from a gun shot injury, Mister Glasses tells what he remembers before the arrival of a teutonic adversary. Taken for granted and tired of Mister Glasses’ riddles, Kitty decides to leave the firm. She eventually returns to discover her position has changed.

A puzzling episode, especially for lovers of zen koans.


Frustrated over a seemingly impossible commission, Sean seeks inspiration in drink and sexual congress. Mister Glasses continues to study its supporting cast, and this time Hard Hat takes the spotlight in his inimitably* laconic fashion.


Had an exhibition at our school a month go. Really liked the tape on the floors.

Visual Communication

Beeing an architecture and design school, I wouldn't say our visual communication is up to par. Here are shots from a design history class.


A friend of my is an alum of the architecture department at Rhode Island School of Design. Here is a short of one of the faculty members talking about the architecture faculty at Rhode Island.


Two mohawks in our class. Who knows, could be the new rave in architecture hair cuts.

Wallpaper* Graduate Directory 2009

Wallpaper*'s annual nomination of graduates are as follows:

Elisabeth Brauner, Vienna Institute of Applied Arts, Austria
Filippo Lodi, Stadelschule Art Academy, Germany
Poul Hoilund, Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Denmark
Sam Chermayeff, University of Texas at Austin, United States
Ceri Williams, Welsh School of Architecture, Wales
Shuhei Nakamura, Chiba Institute of Tecnology, Japan
Kenta Takano, Yokohoma Graduate School of Architecture, Japan
Elisabeth Rutz, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Jimenez Lai, University of Toronto, Canada
Haripriya Rangarajan, Columbia GSAAP, United States
Eri Pontikoupolou, Columbia GSAAP, United States
Dimitris Argyros & Alleen Siu, The Bartlett, England
Flotsam Project, Architectural Association, England
Gemma Douglas, Royal College of Art, England

Max Manus

The opening of Max Manus is on friday the 19th. My roomie, Mats, plays Edvard Tallaksen. I'm so looking forward to seeing it. I think it will be one of the most important Norwegian movies ever. Interesting to see how they have made Oslo into the city it was 60 years ago. Order your tickets here.

Kiltro House

As said by Supersudaka, "We dont won't to change the world with architecture, we want to change architecture with the world."

Ville's Christmas Candles

Drawing Class

Panoramic view of one of our drawing classes at school. The exercise was to illude depth in our perspective drawings.


Johnny Cupcakes

The Third Tower

This documentary delves into the final mystery of 9/11: a third tower at the World Trade Centre, which along with the Twin Towers, also collapsed that day.

David At Tate

Old podcast of David Adjaye talking at the Tate Britain. Click here to watch.

Helvetica & Subway

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway. Read the article here.

Bygg Uten Grenser

Article on our concrete workshop. Click here.

Reclaim The Street

Could be a spin-off on this. Good initiative, though.

Concrete Exhibiton

We are currently exhibiting our concrete models from the workshop.

Food In Japan

Ensuring the future of food in Japan.

The Unfinished Swan

Coolest thing spotted on the Net so far this month. More here.

Opera Skate

Wired Magazine writes an article about skateboarding surfaces. Read it here.

LPO Arkitekter

LPO updates their site.

Architecture & Fluctuations

Would be an interesting time to re-think the politics of architecture with todays fluctuations in the economy. Do politicians, educators, contractors and architects have the capacity to form new set of rules for making architecture? Are there political will in Norway for such changes? Does Joe the plumber really care? We'll say it like Obama did. We can change. Article discussing this issue of change here.

JSA Timelapse

Timelapse galore from Jensen&Skodvin Architecture. Make sure you are connected to speakers with crisp clear sound.

Of the five shorts that are posted on their site, these two sticks out. There's something about them I can't quiet point out. Anyhow, here they are for your amusement. Make sure you hit their site.

Full-screen mode, please.

And the rest.

Jørn Utzon

Jørn died at the age of 90.