preserving buildings to protecting communities
Our surroundings are constantly being
threatened by builders and architects who show little respect for the
uniqueness of local communities and our cultural heritage. New buildings
materialise like foreign bodies in well-established and harmonious
neighbourhoods – with little regard for scale and size, and often with
contrasting and extreme design and use of materials.
"Allgreen" was the
name our old Norse gods used for the planet earth. We have borrowed this
name to form a non-political, non-commercial movement.
concern is to take care of our cultural heritage and to influence
developers to do the same. About some of the Allgreen Projects:
Arendal, the town with the canals.
The idea to dig up and revive the South Coast town of Arendal's ancient
canals was launched in 1989. "The Canal Association for the
enrichment of Arendal's environment" has now more than 2500 members
and supporters and is encouraged by the Department of Environment.
More images here
The Centre for Norse Mythology was opened in Gudbrandsdalen in 1991,
initiated and designed by Allgrønn.
Oslo Harbour. In 1991 we initiated
the effords to visualise Oslo Harbour Corporation's dispositions in the
capital's seafront and its negative consequences. Our six reports have
resulted in an initiative by the Council of Oslo to reconsider the plans
for a new harbour development.
See a photograph of the plans for Oslos seaside that we stopped on this
We have realised the demand for a renewed debate about human environment
and its influence on the quality of life. Our objective is to establish
competence to develop the Village concept in Norway. Format and scale
present problems in large developments. We would like to see new
developments where the civic qualities of the ancient villages are
of human kind.
Our helper from ancient
The Norse mythology presented us
with Skade, daughter of the Jotun. She enjoyed skiing and hunting in the
Norwegian mountains. The fairies hailed her as "Ondurdis", the
godess of skiing. She keeps an eye with the activities of Allgrønn, her
earth. Now she has returned from the mountains to patronize the conditions
of life in villages and urban areas. We give Ondurdis to people or
organizations that we like.
See the names of some
other recievers here.
Read the speech held to the norwegian people from an architect.
This is s start.
Some of the pages are in English.
Please send us links to good sites showing and debating architecture and
urban development in human scale and proportions. The following pages
include some texts in English:
Krier about a kanal project
in Arendal Norway.
quotations on architecture
Ondurdis-prize given to "Urban Villages Group"
Ondurdis-prize given to
"A Vision of Europe"
Please also visit www.avoe.org
& www.byen.org &
for more information about architecture and city planning.
There is hope..