Speech/statement | Date: 2016-01-29 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Børge Brende's foreword to the book "Made in Norway - New Norwegian Architecture" Volume II on modern Norwegian Architecture.
Made in Norway - New Norwegian Architecture – Volume II
Norway today is part of a globalised world. Our ideals and our perceptions of reality are shaped by worldwide chains of cause and effect. Economic, political and cultural developments in Norway are influenced by our own particular circumstances as well as by events taking place far beyond our borders. The construction of a building is by necessity a local endeavour, yet architectural ideas travel far and wide, spread by new digital media, and by publications such as this book.
There is a growing interest in Norwegian architecture, which is renowned for its high quality. Furthermore, international issues such as climate change adaptation, energy conservation and digital technology – which dominate discussions in the global building industry – are key concerns in Norwegian architecture. This is reflected in the construction of buildings in Norway, as well as in the design of buildings by Norwegian architects abroad. International interest in Norway's unique natural environment, technological achievements and social values are also factors contributing to the increasing interest in Norwegian architecture.
Architecture develops in response to a specific set of circumstances, including climate, topography, tradition, and social conditions. How we construct buildings is closely linked to how we see and organise the world, and buildings mirror the most basic priorities and expectations of our society. Norwegian architecture stands out in the international arena because of just this: private and public building projects alike embody many of the goals of modern Norway. They seek to exploit Norway's natural resources to the full, make practical use of material and technical innovations, and demonstrate the importance of democratic processes in connection with planning, user participation and environmental responsibility. The examples of Norwegian architecture shown in this book are not just cultural expressions, they are models of value creation that benefit society as a whole.
The selection of projects in this book showcases the experience and expertise of Norway's talented professionals in the fields of architecture and construction. Each of the buildings shown here is also a real and physical manifestation of the traditions and practices that continue to shape Norwegian society. They reflect the international calibre of Norwegian architecture and architects, and what can be achieved when this is combined with local skills. Our aim is for Norwegian architecture to continue to make a significant impact in the international arena.
Oslo, January 2016
Minister of Foreign Affairs