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Livestreamed panel discussion: Urban development for the community

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Thursday 20.05.21

Welcome to this panel discussion broadcasted live from St. Olavs gate 32! The participants are Eva Moshuus, Ole M. Y. Pedersen, Sofia Rana and Tone Selmer-Olsen. Curator Helle Siljeholm will be leading the conversation.

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About the panel

The building in St. Olavs gate 32 has recently joined the rank of institutions and cultural-historical buildings that were originally built for community purposes, and which are today either vacated or sold to a private owner.

The visions for the development of the city of Oslo have not always fostered this trend. How can we ensure the ownership, preservation and development of important institutions that benefit the community and the city's population in the future?


Eva Moshuus (b. 1998) is deputy chair of the Welfare Council in Oslo and Akershus, which is the biggest student organization in the area, representing 70,000 students. The organization's aim was to turn the building in St. Olavs gate 32 into a new student house in Oslo.

Ole M. Y. Pedersen is a social entrepreneur associated with Tøyen Unlimited. He runs the social business Nedenfra ideelt AS with the aim of contributing to a more democratic participation in cities and urban development. Among other things, Nedenfra arranges the Tøyen housing conference and the Tøyen housing festival. Pedersen is particularly interested in the right to adequate housing and the role of art and culture in cities. He is chairman of the board of Tøyen boligbyggelag and Hausmania SA, the member organization of Kulturhuset Hausmania.

Sofia Rana is a politician associated with the party Rødt Oslo, the leader of the party's anti-racist and minority comittee, city council representative and member of the urban development committee.

Tone Selmer-Olsen (b. 1981) is an architect at MNAL, a lecturer and researcher at the School of Architecture and Design in Oslo (AHO), Department of Urbanism and Landscape. She has extensive experience from international UN operations, architectural offices, as well as teaching and conducting research on topics related to urban development and social sustainability. She has worked with award-winning projects on various scales - from detached houses to larger transformation projects. Tone Selmer-Olsen is chairman of the board of the non-profit Oslo Architects' Association (OAF).

Helle Siljeholm is a choreographer, performer and visual artist, based in Oslo. She holds a BA (hons) from London Contemporary Dance School and an MA in Visual Arts from the Oslo Academy of Art (KHiO). Her artistic practice involves film, installation, choreography and performance and deals with how art may produce alternative social (and political) imaginaries in relation to context, for the present and for possible future(s). Her work has been presented nationally and internationally. Helle occasionally works as a curator. Recent curatorial projects include conceptual development and artistic direction of "The World's Northernmost Chinatown" The 2019 edition of Barents Spektakel, an international art festival in Kirkenes, Norway. Helle is the curator of kunstakademiets BA Avgangsutstilling 2021 - Til Salgs.

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