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Oslo is the capital of and most populous city in Norway. Oslo constitutes a county and a municipality.

Since January 2014 the city of Oslo has a population of 634,000. The Metropolitan area of Oslo has a population of 1,502,604, of whom 951,581 live in the contiguous conurbation.

To compare with Amsterdam:
Amsterdam has a population of 810,909 within the city-proper, 1,108,297 in the urban region and 1,571,234 in the greater metropolitan area.


Oslo:
The population currently increases at record rates, making it the fastest growing major city in Europe. This growth stems for the most part from immigration and high birth rates among immigrants, but also from intra-national migration. The immigrant population in the city is growing somewhat faster than the Norwegian population, and in the city proper is now more than 25%.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo

Official website of Oslo
http://www.oslo.kommune.no/

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I went for a walk in Oslo today and took some pictures around the Opera House. They are building a new road there.
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Oslo sept 2014
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"Norway’s postcard-pretty capital is showing a new edge, with a dynamic architectural horizon, a thriving cultural scene and chic restaurants earning international kudos," says Mary Lussiana

Next to a nice to read text is also included a list with recommended names: of:
HOTELS
RESTAURANTS & BARS
SHOPS, GALLERIES & ACTIVITIES
LESS THAN AN HOUR AWAY
WHEN TO GO
HOW TO GET THERE
(Here she forgets to mention SAS, where I fly with to and from Amsterdam and she mentions a price for a flight as if it is a constant price. It is not. All prices of all airlines are variable. Book in time. The closer one comes to the departure time the more expensive the flights are.)

(From: How to spend it,  a website of worldly pleasures, from the "Financial Times)

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Oslo: Opera House, the performance place for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
Architecture, Landscape and Interior

Snøhetta’s prize-winning design 
(http://snohetta.com/project/42-norwegian-national-opera-and-ballet)
was characterized by the jury as having strongly identifiable themes that tie the building to its culture and place while also presenting an unusual and unique expression that was in many ways new and innovative. The project developed a highly complex program into a simple general plan that integrated both a practical and intuitive sculptural approach to modeling the exterior form. Its low slung form became a link within the city rather than a divisive sculptural expression. Its accessible roof and broad, open public lobbies make the building a social monument rather than a sculptural one.

The building is as much landscape as architecture and thus fosters public awareness and engagement with the arts. Generous windows at street level provide the public a glimpse of the scenery workshop activities. The building still finds an audience with public who are not opera, ballet or orchestra fans. The cafes and gift shop, with their access to the waterfront are destinations which offer opportunities to generate revenue for the institution while providing a general public amenity. Care was taken with the design of these components so that they are seamlessly integrated into the overall character of the building’s bold design.

Presentation view
http://snohetta.com/project/42-norwegian-national-opera-and-ballet

Norwegian architect Kjetil T. Thorsen, the co-founder and director of Snøhetta:
"Snøhetta is named after a famous mountain in Norway. From the very beginning in the 1980's, Snøhetta's architecture has been inspired by landscapes, both natural and urban. ”Landscapes are a massive force”, says Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, co-founder and director of Snøhetta: "And they are masterpieces, which architects can be inspired by."
More: Snøhetta: Memories of architectural landscapes
http://vimeo.com/68835825

Videos
The Opera House
http://vimeo.com/46613294
http://vimeo.com/68835825

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Maxine Schnitzer
http://www.maxineschnitzer.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=19&p=9&a=0&at=0

Designbuild-Network
http://www.designbuild-network.com/projects/opera_oslo/

and from google

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Winter in Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway, ca. 1950
Photo: Elisabeth Meyer

Elisabeth Meyer (1899 – 1968) was a Norwegian photographer
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_Meyer_%28photographer%29

Vigeland Park is a part of Frogner Park, in Oslo.

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The Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway
The Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors 24 hours a day all year round.

The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's (1863-1943) lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architechtural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.

Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children's playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

The Vigeland Museum is situated south of the Vigeland Park (direction Skøyen), five minutes walk from the main gate in the park. The building was originally built in the 1920s by the City of Oslo to serve as studio, home and future museum for the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869 - 1943). He worked and lived here until his death. The Vigeland Museum is one of the finest examples of Norwegian Neo-Classicist monumental architecture. The courtyard with its fountain, colonnades and sculptures is surrounded by the museum’s 13 exhibition rooms.

Vigeland’s work process is well documented in the museum, allowing you to follow the artist’s development from the expressive and slender figures he sculpted in the 1890’s to his heavier and more classically balanced style of the inter-war years.

Almost all of Vigeland’s original works, from portraits and monuments to the sculptures in the Vigeland Park, can be found in the museum. Plaster models comprise a large part of the sculpture collection, but there are also works in bronze, marble and wrought iron in addition to drawings and woodcuts.

Vigeland’s apartment on the second floor has been preserved with its original interior. The artist lived here from 1924 until his death in 1943. At his request, the tower in the centre of the main wing became his burial chamber. His urn is placed in the centre of the room. Visits to the apartment are possible by appointment.

The Vigeland Museum also hosts changing exhibitions. These exhibitions present three-dimentional art, such as sculpture and installations, in addition to video-based work. The exhibitions feature both contemporary and older art by Norwegian and international artists.

Music
• "Scottish Knights". Composer: Anthony Phillips.
• "Timless". Composer: Lee Groves, Peter Marett.
• "Courage within". Composer: Brian Brasher, Veigar Margeirsson.

Film made by Andrzej Kornecki (Faber Studio) for the Vigeland Museum, 2011.
Copyright: Vigeland Museum/BONO 2013.
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/65900073 Website: http://www.vigeland.museum.no/en/vigeland-park

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