On the 22nd of July, 2011, Norway experienced it’s deadliest attack since World War II. Ten years later, the country is still reckoning with what happened. Part of that reckoning is physical, embodied in the tearing down and rebuilding of the government quarter where the first attack took place. Much of the construction and planning has been controversial, and there is still extensive work to be done.
In this episode, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik and Sissel Haugdal Jore discuss how the rebuilding has been planned and envisioned, and what this can mean for the security of ordinary citizens – both in their everyday lives, and in how we conceptualize safety in cities.
Jore was part of the concept assessment for the future government quarters, and also conducted a research project on the consequences of security in Oslo. Sandvik leads a new project on the attack, titled "LAW22JULY: RIPPLES: Rights, Institutions, Procedures, Participation, Litigation: Embedding Security".
- Here is more on the Y Block
- Morgenbladet-piece discussed in the episode, co-authored by Jore "Sikkerhet er ingen unnskyldning for å lukke debatter om nytt regjeringskvartal"
- "Troublesome trade-offs: balancing urban activities and values when securing a city-centre governmental quarter" in City, Territory and Architecture
- "The contribution of foresight to improve long-term security planning" in Technological Forecasting and Social Change