SEMINAR: Crossing landscape and disciplinary boundaries: Migration, democracy and social justice at times of global environmental and social uncertainties.
The Centre for Landscape Democracy (ClaD) at the Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) invites you to attend a whole day seminar with three inspiring guest speakers. The seminar will be an opportunity for a discussion on the challenges we most urgently face globally. Landscapes are complex environments both physically and socially. Addressing contemporary challenges requires multidisciplinary knowledge and collaboration. In this seminar the speakers will introduce their work and perspectives on landscape democracy and spatial justice in order to stimulate a critical discussion on the ways in which landscape scholars and practitioners as well as experts in global development can get involved and work to address burning issues relating to landscape justice in the global context. The present increasing refugee crisis brings migrants to the doorstep of Europe, also requiring development studies knowledge and skills in welcoming and facilitating integration of migrant populations from the global south. A landscape approach can have an important role addressing such challenges. This discussion will take place in the context of a current plan to establish a new master’s degree at the Faculty of Landscape and Society that will engage in these topics. We hope you will be able to participate! Tore Edvard Bergaust, Head of School of Landscape Architecture Shelley Egoz, Professor and ClaD Director Deni Ruggeri, Associate Professor and ClaD Deputy director Karsten Jørgensen , Professor and MLA in Global Landscape Change Coordinator
Line Ramstad NorwegianLandscape architect, founder of the NGO Gyaw Gyaw that focuses onsustainable architecture and democracy in practice.
Gyaw Gyaw – Sustainable architecture, local development and democracy in practice.
Abstract of talk:
Gyaw Gyaw was established in 2009 and have since become respected both as designers and construction workers by their fellow and neighboring villagers along the Thai-Burma border.
With a locally adjusted focus on sustainable architecture, climate, landscape and cultural adapted designs and an inclusive process towards the projects realisation as the main goal, they have built schools, dormitories, toilets and other community buildings for and with local communities.
They strongly emphasize the running their organisation in a democratic manner by putting focus on equality, human and workers rights, and group decision making in an effort to be an example of what democracy in practice can be.
I de senere årene har stadig flere unge, nordiske arkitekter engasjert seg i prosjekter i utviklingsland.
Med fokus på sosialt ansvar, bærekraftige materialer og lokale prosesser, bygger de klima- og kulturtilpassede bygg for, og med lokalsamfunnet.
Line Ramstad fra bistandsorganisasjonen Gyaw Gyaw og Helena Sandman fra Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects forteller om sine erfaringer og prosjekter i blant annet Thailand, India, Senegal og Tanzania.
Arrangementet er en del av utstillingen «Et sted å være. Norsk samtidsarkitektur 2011–2016». Utstillingen presenterer 25 utvalgte prosjekter fra de siste fem årene tegnet av norske og internasjonale arkitekter i Norge, samt prosjekter i utlandet tegnet av norske arkitekter.
Line presented Gyaw Gyaw`s work and philosophy in a short morning session at the Trondheim Chapter (TAF) of the National Association of Norwegian Architects International celebration of Architecture. The seminar has been arranged at the historic site of Røros since 1988.
MOJ Memorial Lecture: “Gyaw Gyaw, Sustainable Architecture and Development Work among Karen Migrants on the Thai/Burma Border”
Line was invited to the university of Virginia for the annual memorial lecture of former student, the late Michael Owen Jones to explain and discuss the work of Gyaw Gyaw with students and professors at the school of architecture.
The Pan-American Architecture Biennal is one of the largest and most important architecture events in South America and has been organized every second year since 1978. The 5 days long event provides a platform for discussions, exchange of knowledge and concepts, and aims to give a statement of current international trends in the world of architecture.
The biennial attracts attention from the world of architecture and 18 international architects were present; giving lectures about their work and philosophy. The theme of the 2014 biennial was “From the house to the city, from the city to the house”, and there were 5 sub-categories, one for each day.
Line represented Gyaw Gyaw, under the theme “From Individual to Community”, addressing topics such as how to build citizenship from social interest, social inclusion and the right to be in the community/the community as a social construct.
From The Curry Stone Design Prize website: The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honor innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. Supported by the Curry Stone Foundation, the Prize highlights and rewards projects that improve daily living conditions of people in communities around the world. Projects may provide shelter and clean water or address humanitarian crises impacted by environmental or climate change. The Prize acknowledges work that is considered emerging in the professional and public consciousness.
This year, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we’ve assembled a group of 100 of the most compelling social design practitioners of the last decade. A project we’re calling The Social Design Circle. These are practices which have captivated and inspired us over the years, as we’ve built a global community of visionaries, activists and game changers. Each Circle member will receive an honorarium and an award, and as the year progresses, we’ll be highlighting their practices on our website.
Gyaw Gyaw is proud to be recognised as one of these.
Line received the Paul Harris Fellow from Jessheim Rotary club for her efforts in Gyaw Gyaw. Jessheim Rotaryclub has followed her work since the start in 2008 and have been dedicated supporters ever since.
Bounderies is an independent architecture magazine with a strong focus on sustainable, socially engaged and humanitarian architecture. Gyaw Gyaw was presented over 13 pages in the 11th edition of the magazine.