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The trials and tribulations of tin's escapades & public appearances!

 
 

— 2019 —

2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

Midcrit for the Interdisciplinary Mastercourse at NMBU

14.03.2019, NMBU, Ås - The course is led my Elin Børrud and for many the midcrit signifies the moment of truth. Tin partook in the session, commented and gave critique on the master theses presented that day.

Through their common case study Kristiansand, students of different professional backgrounds can more easily relate to one another and partake in each other’s discourses/master theses. Interdisciplinarity through familiarity?

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Elin Børrud & Tin Phan representing SITRAP for the Applicants Seminar of SFU 2019

07.03.2019 - Bergen, Norway - Diku hosted a seminar for the triennial call for Centre for Excellence in Education (SFU). Both Tin and Elin at SITRAP attended a 7 hour long seminar to understand the hallmarks of a good SFU application. Here we got insights from the international panel, student representatives, and other successful centres etc. Attendees came from all over the country from various universities and univrsity colleges!

As mentioned before, Diku’s call for SFU ideas are set 3 years apart, where last time SITRAP made the final rounds, where only 5 out of 22 centres were chosen.

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The 2nd Place that Defied All Odds - Knoppskyter still in the Running!

21.02.2019 - Horten, Norway - There is no such thing as a silvermedal in architectural competitions, yet Knoppskyter’s notoriety has exceeded all expectations of any runner-up. During a hailstorm of articles after the announcement of the winner, Knoppskyter was strangely enough still mentioned as a contender even though it lost. The politicians in Horten and the harbormaster Espen Eliassen wants to bring the team behind Knoppskyter back to the fore, and applauds the entry for giving the city another dimension in business development. The conceptual proposal was hailed as among the best within the competition, and Horten are currently discussing alternate locations for realisation. Not bad at all!

Odd Rune Nærsnes of Horten Industripark, developer in the Knoppskyter team (NSW, SLA & Tin under the moniker Gattaka.. the hell?), calls it a necessity for the greater good of Horten. “It’s not the typical harbor development, but it’s the future!

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Archived articles on the competition!

Tin joins the Program Committee of OUA for yet another Term

12.02.2019 - Erling Fossen’s excuse of an office, Oslo - Tin was cordially invited to join the program committee of OUA as the youngest member for yet another term. There will be some major changes not yet announced, so keep an eye out for the OUA announcements to come. First up on the chopping block was death of family values and coliving. Wow, talk about going all out on the first meeting.

From the left (women first): Linnea Svensson, Marianne Skjulhaug, Aga Skorupka, Erling Fossen, Sverre Landmark, and Tin Phan. Erling ain’t getting younger, and sees the importance of bringing on board a younger generation of professionals to lead on - good for you Erling! You can start your transition over to retirement with ease, we got your back!

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Shacking up With NSW

12.02.2019 - Rådhusgata 27, Oslo - We silently moved in with NSW last December, based on a successful venture together and to encourage further collaboration whenever suitable for both parties. Within a couple of weeks, we’ve already eclipsed 4-5 engagements. True patrons of young offices don’t put on elaborate publicity stunts, campaigns, shows or fanfare for the public eye. They simply just offer relevant projects, good terms and seize the moment when great contributions to society can be made jointly. Plain and simple.
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Elon Musk once confided that he wouldn’t be able to mount another rocket launch if the 4th failed. For us, 2018 has been filled with many prolific projects, yet the competitive & risqué nature of these can take its toll on any young office, and we’re no exception. We’ll break the silence and salute you @nswarkitektur🙌, for inviting us to once again take on many more dreamy launches - the sky is the limit!

Tin has been Hired at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences for the SITRAP project - led by Elin Børrud

30.01.2019 - NMBU, Ås - SITRAP is short for Center for Integrated, Transdisciplinary Education in Planning. The center’s overarching goal is to improve teaching methods and transdisciplinary practices among students within the field of planning - through incorporating academia and practice early on. Tin’s role as a project employee will be to initiate and establish the center’s core activities, presence and goals. Aside from SITRAP, he will also partake in some teaching duties & desk crits, discourses on academic level of master courses, and delightful lunches at NMBU.

Tin has been in negotiations for a position as early as in November 2018 and was formally on board early January - sorry for the late info. The project is led by professor Elin Børrud, and currently under the Faculty of Landscape and Society (LANDSAM) of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Don’t worry, this is a 50% position for one year, meaning the office will go about its bizniz as usual, we’ll just work harder!

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1 out of 36 Wildcards exhibited at the OAF - History in Practice Launch

24.01.2019 - Arkitektenes Hus, Oslo - The exhibition was presented at the launch of OAF’s spring program, History in Practice. The brief for each of the offices was simple: send a picture + text that inspires them. Tin was among the 36 offices exhibited. It was curated by Svingen Arkitektkontor and Holt O’Brien.

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Rebranding Gattaca to Tin. Relax, we’re just Changing the Name, not the Office!

21.01.2019 - The office, Norway - All Tin’s work, will now go under the office simply known as tin. Since the inception of the office in June 2016 we have gone under many different monikers such as the coworking guru, mr.research, the office that refutes to do architecture, the guy that wrote something at AHO, Lord Commander, Azor Ahai etc. We want to point out and celebrate the official office names and font logos throughout the years: ASSEMBLE! (2016-2017) and Gattaca (2017-2019).

We also want to come clean and clear the air once and for all: the office has always been Tin and it will always be Tin, the one-man-office. Yet, we still want to reserve our right to address ourselves in third-person and in plural. Yes, there is only one author of this office - yet, Tin’s body of work is the sum of many vivid collaborators, contemporary voices, and historical opinions. It is in-between our words, in the margins, and all over the pixels of each diagram we produce. Tin’s, or OUR body of work, strive to be the conscience and reflection upon a greater collective.

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Lecture on Writing Processes + Desk Crits at NMBU

17.01.2019 - NMBU, Ås - Tin held his first lecture at NMBU on his own experiences of writing a master thesis. Although his work would go on the become an award-winning thesis, it was not without hickups, doubt nor was it pitch perfect - a myth Tin firmly shot down. Many great things, come from small beginnings, and as he himself stated: he just wanted to study innovation cultures. It would go on to touch upon major topics such as architecture, urbanism, organisational theory, innovation policies, social science etc. The presentation encompassed themes such as processes, research design & chapter structure, innovation & concept of lateral thinking, methods, and direct examples from his own thesis. Desk crits were also given.

The masterstudents came from different departments, such as landscape architecture, property & law, urban & regional planning, construction engineering etc. The course is led by Elin Børrud. We’ll come back to what exactly it is Tin is doing out in Ås! TO BE CONTINUED!

 
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2nd Place in the Horten Harborfront Competition - with NSW & SLA!

16.01.2019 - HS4 Ytre Havn, Horten - Recognition shared with NSW and SLA. The project received high remarks by the jury as undeniably the most contemporary proposal for the site, its analytical thoroughness, modern approach to architectural design, most convincing conceptual proposal, clearest use of programmatic functions, and treatment of identity. Most notably, was how Knoppskyter challenged the popular belief and changed the jurors perception of blindly developing housing projects on the harborfront as first development stage.

The jury was indecisive between the 1st and the 2nd place, as the minority of them felt that Knoppskyter was the actual winner. On the other hand, they did agree upon that both of them had given major contributions to the competition, separately and collectively, in increasing attractivity in the city and that both proposals does not exclude one or the other. Regardless of the competition, it was recommended that the municipality should put efforts in realising it anyways on an alternative site, for the greater good of Horten.

The jurors report can be read here.
Read the jurors decision in this article.

Press: Hard konkurranse om utvikling av havneområdet, Slik kan stålparken bli, Alle de fire forslagene til den nye Stålparken kan bli skrotet, Stålparken i Havna

 

— 2018 —

2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2019

 
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“Oslo - Learning to Fly”, Coming to a Bookstore Near You!

18.12.2018 - Kulturhuset, Oslo - Oslo - Learning to Fly is Erling Fossen’s new book on Oslo city’s transformation, encompassing decades, generations and urban ideologies. The book attempts to summarise a not-seen-before collection of minor and major projects from the past, present and future! Tin was one of the 29 contributors (millenials category) in the book, with the title “Enriching the Urban Vocabulary”. Tin’s contribution talks a lil’ bit about Barcode, Mesh, Bergen Media City in a span of 1 page. Tin applauds Erling Fossen for his structure of the book; for how he spend 50% of it on pictures, 25% on contributions from others, and the rest he writes himself in as the sole author of the book! Nice bizniz tactics, Erling; minimum effort, maximum reward! No royalties whatsoever, were discussed among the 29 contributors.

From the left; Tin Phan, Erling Fossen, Marianne Skjulhaug, Elin Børrud, Dana Jdid, Anne Beate Hovind. Omg Marianne, close the book - you’re out of sync! Other esteemed contributors were among others Ellen de Vibe, Kamzy Gunaratnam, Knut Schreiner etc.

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Wildcards Gone Wild!

28.11.2018 - Arkitektenes Hus, Oslo - Just kidding, it was just another dry business meeting on the Wildcard initiative. The office met up with the other Wildcards to discuss their experiences, its future and the technicalities and guidelines for upcoming calls for submissions etc. This meeting took place at and with The National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL).

The offices that attended were (from the left); Koht, Edit/atelier, Tin, (NAL) & Holt' O’Brien

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The Conclusion of Lørenskog Station Area

22.10.2018 - Lørenskog Hus, Lørenskog - Linn Runesson presented on behalf of the Edit/atelier & Tin, as the parallel commission for Lørenskog Station Area reaches its final conclusion..

How Tailored Teams for the Occasion Only, can compete against Established Offices

26.09.2018 - ByLIVsenteret, Oslo - As the parallel commission for Lørenskog reached the midway seminar did indeed shed som light on the area’s commercial, social, environmental, and urban ambitions. The team, Edit/atelier & Tin is looking forward to continue this work. This in regards to that the challenges and potentials of the site would not amount to much, without the developers and municaplity’s ambitious goals for the place (in terms of tourism, growth, cultural diversity, flooding, homogenous industrial foundation etc.). In relation to this, Edit/atelier & Tin gave their opinion on how any interdisciplinary team can compete;

“Our choice of external competence was a concious one, covering a wide range of expertise. This team is tailored for the occasion only, and it is in our opinion, a necessity in solving the complex challenges of the contemporary society. It’s also a smart way of actually being able to compete against the more established offices, as they are obligated to engage their employees hired on other grounds than this specific task.”

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Formal Dinner with the Sri Lankan delegate during the Oslo Innovation Week 2018!

25.09.2018 - Südøst Restaurant, Oslo - Once again, some of Sri Lanka’s most promising tech startups were invited to pitch at the Oslo Innovation Week, and once again, there was a reception dinner. The guests included the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Oslo municipality, TIQRI, ICT Norway, Tin etc. Why are the Sri Lankan and Norwegian business relations in tech getting so much attention, on the contrary of a history of strenous peace negotiations between them?

As how the CEO of TIQRI Finn Worm-Petersen eloquently put it; despite being on two separate continents, Norway and Sri Lanka share crucial similarities, business-wise. Stuff like, similar work ethics and culture, sizes of companies, overlapping technologies etc. Tin was present, partly sharing his perspectives on tech communities, but also entertaining the guests with a joke or two.

 
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Presentations & Debate Panel in OAF’s “Tech in Architecture” with Spacemaker & Void!

20.09.2018 - Arkitektens Hus, Oslo - Oslo Arkitektforening has initiated a series of lectures, including among others Sanaa and Olgiati. Tech was the main topic this time around as two major contenders in the tech industry, Spacemaker and Void were invited to present their companies. Additions to the panel, was the architect Tin Phan and Benedicte Raae (web developer), curated by Kai Reaver, researcher at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Here, polarising expressions of technology was shown, quantifiable AI-powered Spacemaker, and the distinct technological expressions and artistic installations of Void. The discussions quickly boiled down to the architectural and urban practice - what was at stake with the tech of Spacemaker?

OUA 2018 - How yet Another Kid from Fjell brought Home the Aspelin Ramm Award!

18.09.2018/19.09.2018 - Folketeateret, Oslo - Oslo Urban Arena (OUA) covered many topics this year, everything from friendly cities for the elderly, King’s Cross, to tactical urbanism. The most interesting event this year was when Atdhe Illyrian Belegu won the 4th Aspelin Ramm award, on a diploma project about the wonders of Fjell, a place in Drammen dogged by preconceptions of being marginalised, crime-ridden and a ghetto. Surprisingly enough, this is also the same place Tin (2nd recipient) grew up under the influence of the same elementary school teacher Unni Helland!? Of all the gin joints in the world, what are the odds that 50% of the awards has gone to kids from the same neighbourhood of minorities? Fjell - coincidental or crucial in shaping two separate childhoods towards the same destiny at OUA?

Tin served as a member of this year’s programme committee, and can’t remember the last time he shed some tears at the OUA, if any at all, other than seeing Erling Fossen’s dance moves at the late night dinner. Illyrian brought back some vivid memories about a past and childhood Tin somehow had forgotten about. Photo credit: Finn Ståle Felberg.

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Midway Seminar & Public Hearing for the Lørenskog Station Area

18.09.2018 - Luhr School, Lørenskog - Edit/atelier & Tin partook in the midway seminar for the parallel commission of Lørenskog station area. It consisted of back-to-back presentations for the mayor, municipal officials, property developers and for the locals. We presented a strategy investigating employment rates, tourism, household prognosis and speculated upon an activity-based industry related to their billion kroner investment in the Winterpark.

Fun fact: Tin was also present at OUA this day, and was biking back-and-forth between Lørenskog deliberations and the sessions at OUA - then travelling out to Lørenskog presenting twice, before coming back to Oslo for the dinner party.

 

Digs merges with The Creators Community

07.09.2018 - Trondheim, Norway - As in the case of Matrikel1, Tin was sworn in secrecy, and on need-to-know basis only, to do some work! In May of 2017 the office assisted in clandestine deliberations between the teams of Oslo and Trondheim. Little did we know that they were in talks of taking over the famed Digs in Trondheim, adding another esteemed coworking space to their ranks. The only information given at the time, was that the Mesh team was looking at yet another prospect, and that there was a certain famous historical figure buried underneath the building!

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Lørenskog Station Area Commences

22.08.2018 - Lørenskog Hus, Lørenskog - a formal initiation meeting was set in Lørenskog Hus, so that the selected teams for this parallel commission could meet up with the other teams, and the municipality. With Edit/atelier, Tin got to meet the mayor, local officials, various local and national property developers, public transport enterprises etc.

The challenges was equally big as the potentials demanding coherency, going into topics such as flooding, commercial interests, public transport, electricity, winterpark strategy with extensive housing areas etc.

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Inpromptu-speech at Magasinet KOTE's summerparty

17.08.2018 - Greenhouse Oslo, Oslo - as a former member of the Web Editorial at Magasinet KOTE, Tin held a speech at their annual summer party. He introduced briefly the Greenhouse concept, but more importantly, he spoke fondly of his days in the web editorial. With no prior theoretical training, Tin posed an essential question; was there a correlation between his time at KOTE and his award-winning theoretical master thesis? He himself couldn't be sure, and urged any young students yearning to improve their writing skills to join or contribute to the magazine!

Selected for the Parallel Commission of Lørenskog Station Area!

10.08.2018 - Lørenskog Municipality - Edit/atelier and Tin was chosen as the wildcard team for the parallel commission of Lørenskog station area. The team also brings with them external competence, such as Dagny Thurmann-Moe, Jan Godzimirski, Phoebe Chu, Transsolar and TØI. This makes Tin Phan the only contender to have been chosen twice consecutively, for open parallel commissions with a slot earmarked for wildcards since the recommencement in 2017. The probability of being in two consecutive teams is 1,8% (1*5/1*11*100), to be the only individual is 0,1% (assuming there's 4 in each team).

The task is to look for a holistic approach to develop the Lørenskog station area that connects the area itself with the existing city center, green areas and pathways for soft pedestrians etc. The station area is plagued by open areas and great distances between buildings, industry, while there is also big development plans ongoing for the place, with sports venues and halls, local center with housing with the ambition of regional influence and presence. What does it mean to live and work in Lørenskog?

3 teams were selected out of 25 offers in total, where 11 of them applied for the single wildcard slot. The 2 other teams were MDH Arkitekter with Transborder Studios, and MASU Planning, and Holscher Nordberg, with Via Trafik and GHB Landskabsarkitekter.

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Tin Returns with yet another Lecture at Hurtigpraksis!

10.08.2018 - Greenhouse Oslo, Oslo - This time around we are presenting, "Gattaca - Year Two" (the office’s former moniker) where the stakes are higher than ever, even presenting some corporate secrets, and how the office fundamentally pivoted from random research to architectural and urban competitions. Do you want to know how our experience on top-ranked research within counter cyber-terrorism, impaired children in Mozambique, and the Spanish Flu in 1918 made us a contender for prolific urban parallel commissions?

Arkitektstudenter i Hurtigpraksis, is a student-initiated workshop for students all over Scandinavia on professional practices in the field of architecture. Other participants were Edit/Atelier, Rodeo, Kima, MAD, A-lab, Nordic, Snøhetta etc.

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Fotballfesten 2018

14.06.2018/15.07.2018 - Kontraskjæret, Oslo - In close collaboration with the organizers of Fotballfesten, Tin designed the layout of the entire event. The event and screening is free of charge, and the business model is solely based on the sales of food, beverage, sponsorship and news channels being present. Fotballfesten is a quadrennial festival in Oslo, streaming all the matches of Fifa World Cup live.

 

Ibsen Library - Onwards to the next Phase!

02.07.2018 - Skien Municipality - As the parallel commission reaches its final conclusion, the results are to mark the beginning of the next phase - an architectural competition!

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In Team Kaleidoscope for the Reinventing Cities Competition

08.06.2018 - Stovner, Oslo - Tin joins an unlikely yet crucial group of professionals in solving the site of Fossumdumpa, Stovner. Competing against 5 others, the team consist of P Boligutleie, Ola Roald Arkitekter, Holt O'Brien, Byverkstedet & Tin.

Reinventing Cities (C40) is a competition to stimulate innovative carbon-neutral developments across the globe and to implement the best ideas to transform underutilised sites into beacons of sustainability and resiliency.

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Midway Seminar & Public Hearing for The Ibsen Library

05.06.2018 - Skien Municipality - All the 3 teams were invited to present for the Mayor, local officials, culture institutions and other attendees. Finished off wth a public hearing at the end of the day for the inhabitants of Oslo.

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The International Team assembles in Venice, and believe it or not; it's not for the Biennale!

15.05.2018 - Venice, Italy - The wildcard team for Ibsen Library consists of 4 different offices, of 3 different nationalities, as they coordinate and devise strategies for the tasks given to them. The offices different perspectives, backgrounds and expertises generated unforeseen discussions and raised several questions on the topics and potential strategies for the project!

From left: Tin Phan (from the office simply known as Tin), Lawrence Lord & Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Betina Holt & Colm O'Brien (Holt O'Brien), Alessio Val Morrison (De Gayardon Bureau).

Ibsen Library commences, visiting Skien Municipality

30.04.2018 - Skien Municipality - a formal initiation meeting was set in Skien, so that the selected teams for this parallel commission could meet up with the other teams, and the municipality. With our partners-in-crime Holt O'Brien, Tin got to meet the mayor, local officials, property developers, cultural institutions, the press, etc.

The Mayor had high hopes and expectations of the teams, that they met the complexities of the undertaking that has been thrust upon them. What came out of this, was not just programmatic discussions, but the municipality was well aware of the importance of program content, that the building was able to continuously facilitate the intended urban life and ambitions they posed. The Ibsen scholar also presented some fascinating spatial translations of what Ibsen could be in an urban space!

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Double-Trouble: Presentations for CBRE, & the Jury of what's to happen with the former U.S Embassy in Oslo!

25.04.2018 - Greenhouse Oslo & Fredensborg H.Q., Oslo - Tin presented the coworking model and emerging real estate practices for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world, before literally running off to another one: infront of the jury of the highly coveted parallel commission for the transformation of Eero Saarinen's U.S. Embassy.

Tin was part of the team Kima Arkitektur, Ledsten Arkitektur, Lala Tøyen and Metric Design. Other invited teams were Lund Hagem, Jarmund Vigsnæs, Snøhetta, and Grape Architects.

Selected for the Parallel Commission of Ibsen Library!

18.04.2018 - Skien Municipality - Team Holt O'Brien was chosen for the wildcard slot in the Ibsen Library parallel commission, and also the only international one (non-Scandinavian). The team consist of; Tin (of course), Holt O'Brien (NO), De Gayardon Bureau (IT), and AP+E (IE). Ibsen Library is considered one of Skien's most ambitious projects in recent time, with an estimated pricetag of 330 million NOK. Team Holt O'Brien was chosen on the background of, and we quote ; "their insane abilities in exhibition design, and how to incorporate the UN sustainable goals".

The main tasks for this parallel commission are; choice of site, space & program function, and UN sustainable goals (Team Holt O'Brien are to deal with the two latter). With hybrid public programs such as library + social service center + tourism center, the call also touches upon an array of complex topics, such as Henrik Ibsen's authorship & legacy, democratic values and arena, societal interplay, and how to translate this into architecture & design and weave it all together!

3 teams were selected out of 18 in total, the others being Jaja Architects and Arkitema (& their respective collaborators).

Press; Telemarksavisa, Varden or National Association of Norwegian Architects.

 
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Presentation & Talks with Forsvarsbygg

11.04.2018 - Greenhouse Oslo - Tin presented new real estate models, and coworking spaces for Norway's biggest property management company, Forsvarsbygg, or internationally known as Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (NDEA). The agency`s primary tasks relate to the planning, construction, administration, leasing and disposal by sale of defence estates and properties. Most interesting, was the discussions around the medieval fortresses and fortifications in terms of architectural conservation - not least the historical preservation, transformation, and relevance in contemporary society. Was there any transferable knowledge from the process at Greenhouse Oslo, in terms of these aspects?

Tin listed in Kapital's Top 30 Talents under 35 in Norwegian Real Estate

08.03.2018 - Kapital No.5, 8th of March - Kapital made a couple of top10+ lists in a very Forbes-esque manner, covering 30 of the most promising, influential and outstanding individuals, changing the landscape of Norwegian real estate. Tin Phan was mentioned in the, other promising talents-list, as "the first individual to thoroughly investigate the phenomenon coworking in a serious manner, and is considered an authority on the subject". He is the 9th youngest entry, and the only architect/urbanist to make the list. Tin joins the ranks among other professionals, such as concept developers, entrepreneurs, managers, lawyers, analysts, property developers, real estate executives etc. The categories were;

- Notable talents, professionals within the real estate trade only. (10 individuals)
- The heirs, independently making their own mark on the trade. (3 individuals)
- Other promising talents, from outside and within the trade. (17 individuals)

Some categories had some pre-conditions (as stated above), but the general criteria was that the candidates had to be under 35 (born after 1983), operate in Norway and they could only be nominated by pre-selected leading industry veterans, CEO's and experts. Kapital is widely considered one of Norway's leading journals on business, stock exchange and economic policies.

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Matrikel1 merges with The Creators Community!

28.02.2018 - Højbros Plads, Copenhagen - Sworn in secrecy, and on need-to-know basis only, the office was hired to assist the planning of yet another "prospect" of Mesh, as early as 2017, which is now featured in Business Insider! The information given at the time, was that this was a product of the merger between Mesh and Founder House towards what is now called The Creators Community, envisioned as a unique stand-alone concept, and that the building itself oozed extravagance.

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Featured in ByLIVsenteret's article, Skape Sammen, Jobbe Sammen

20.02.2018 - ByLIVsenteret, Oslo - In the context of the lecture Tin held in Haugesund, Coworking - funker det på bygda?, an article was written by ByLIVsenteret. It elaborates further on some of the thought processes and concepts that was presented by Tin himself. Could the metropolitan phenomenon, coworking spaces prove to be essential for rural places also? The answer from Tin, was a roaring; YES! Find out more why this is so, here!

Tin was interviewed alongside with Siv Støldal, one of the initiatives behind Typisk Lærdal, and Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, researcher at OsloMET.

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Prince William & the Dutchess Kate Middleton at Mesh

01.02.2018 - Mesh, Oslo - The royal couple of U.K. paid Mesh a visit during their 3-day tour in Scandinavia - Tin's first ever commissioned project! They were in good company, by our very own Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit & other representatives of the Norwegian business sector. The choice of Mesh, signals also the notion of what defines a contemporary iconic landmark, as both the Royal Palace and Mesh were the destinations of the day; a literal building that symbols wealth and regality, and/or the distinction of people that inhabits a place? Fun fact: Meanwhile the Royal Palace has a long history of housing royalties, the locale of Mesh has a long history of second-rate night-clubs.

Tin was of course super-stoked on behalf of Mesh, and also proud to have worked on this great project, and their Scandinavian expansion between 2016-2017!

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Presentation for Trainee Sør

16.01.2018 - Greenhouse Oslo - Part of Enterspace's informal rounds for Trainee Sør, Tin will present a litle bit on the financial models and socio-economic viability behind coworking spaces such as Greenhouse.

Trainee Sør is a regional networking program, with 35 of the Southern region's leading companies. The intention of the program is to strengthen the competitive ability of the region and attract knowledge worker, mainly under 30, with a masters degree. The fields range from tech, economy, ICT, politics and leadership, law, marketing etc.

 

— 2017 —

2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2018 - 2019

 
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Tin assisted Vista Analyse with their National Report on Jula Locations

05.12.2017 - Vista Analyse, Oslo - Jula the hardware store chain were in need to understand their locations in accordance with future investments, commercial aspects of their locations, constraints of each site in Norway. The work totalled in 30 sites throughout the country, and spanned over a year till finish date. On this occasion Tin worked closely wth one of Vista's partners, Hanne Toftdahl in gathering data and handling the layout of how the information was being presented

Vista Analyse is an esteemed social science consultancy with its main emphasis on economic research, policy analysis and advice, and evaluations.

 
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Awarded with a Special Mention at the Europan 14 Prize Ceremony

30.11.2017/01.12.2017 - Arkitektenes Hus, Oslo - Tin & co's entry, Busy Bosse!, was awarded with a Special Mention, and were invited to the ceremony. Tin & Phoebe also presented to all the other international winning entries, the jury and government officials. The third member, Guide was not present for the award ceremony & dinner, food was eaten on his behalf. The jurors statement was;

"...The analytical approach explains the different suggestions for the site. The public spaces are carefully distributed and shared between the programs, and with a high emphasis on how they relate to the shorefront (...) The jury is positive to the mix of the different programs in the project, as well as to the research on the social and economic context. The understanding of the place and context leads to plausible arguments for the solutions chosen."

Europan is an international biennual competition, encouraging young architects and urbanists under 40, to address social and economic challenges in towns and cities throughout Europe.

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Read more about the project!

Keynote at the Executive Conference for Norway's Housing Cooperatives

21.11.2017 - Grand Hotel, Oslo - Will be making an appearance as a keynote at the yearly meeting for the CEO's of the Norwegian Housing Cooperatives. The meeting is under direction by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Norway (NBBL). 28 of Norway's 42 co-operatives were present.

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Presentation for Høegh Eiendom

17.11.2017 - Rosenholm Campus, Oppegård - Tin will present his thoughts and reflections on coworking, and its financial impact on nearby real estate, for the executives at Høegh. The Worst will lead on the meeting with a guided tour around the building.

 

Tin joins the program comittee for OUA 2018!

07.11.2017 - Rådhuset, Oslo - Tin joins the program committee for Oslo Urban Arena 2018 as its newest, youngest, and dare we say "brightest" professional addition to this gentle group of old people. This position will conclude after 8 meetings in June 2018.

Other members are Erling Fossen, Victoria Marie Evensen, Linnea Elisabeth Svensson, Andreas Vaa Bermann, Marianne Skjulhaug, Lin Skaufel, Sverre Landmark, and Tomas Stokke.

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Presentation for Mustad & Selvaag Eiendom

30.10.2017 - Greenhouse Oslo - Tin will be presenting his thoughts and reflections on the coworking movement, and a variety of models so far. This session is part of a presentation and guided tour by Enterspace at Greenhouse.

Interviewed for P2's Radio Special on Graveyard issues

29.10.2017 - NRK, Oslo - On P2 10:30, Tin will be part of the program, Ut i Kulturen. The theme for this episode is on the graveyard issues in Oslo and Scandinavia. He will comment his concerns dating as far back as 2013 till today, and shortly present the project, Sixty Feet Under, that challenges conventions, traditions and the concept of what is dignified.

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Speaker at ByLIVsenteret's conference on Inclusive Places

18.10.2017 - Scandic Maritime Hotel, Haugesund - Presenting, "Coworking Spaces - funker det på bygda?", at BYLIVKonferansen 2017, Inkluderende Steder. The conference aims at shedding some light on possible tools towards a better society through shared-use, co-location, maximising social and sustainable life through building less etc.

ByLIVsenteret was initiated by the Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL). Other presenters were Aksel Tjora, Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, Nicolai Calberg, Ole Jacob Flæten, Alexandria Algard, Øystein Bull-Hansen etc.

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Invited guest at the Embassy of Sri Lanka

28.09.2017 - Skøyen, Oslo - Tin was cordially invited by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Jayantha Palipane, to the meet the Sri Lankan delegate of startups and participants at the Oslo Innovation Week.

Other invited guests were TIQRI, ICT Norway, Oslo municipality, officials from Houston, etc. Fredrik Syversen,director of business development at ICT Norway in his mighty fine blazer, holding a speech about something important.

 

Speaker at the Oslo Innovation Week 2017

27.09.2017 - Oslo Municipality tent at Salt, Oslo - Presenting, "Entrepreneurship as main driver towards new housing models", at the Oslo Municipality tent. With political advisor Bettina Thorvik on the panel commenting the model.

This was part of ICT Norway's event, "with Tøyen - Oslo & Friends". Other presenters were Toogoodtogo, Morradi, Tøyen Biblo etc.

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Keynote and participant in Coworking International (CWi) Workshop

26.09.2017 - Høegh Eiendom at Verket, Moss - Presenting, "Coworking Spaces - Alt fra A til Å", for the preliminary launch of CWi in Moss. Other presenters, were Høegh Real Estate developers, Kåre Arthur Trobe, initiator of CWi.

Breakout session at the Oslo Urban Arena 2017

20.09.2017 - Library at Kulturhuset, Oslo - As part of the break-out sessions, we are presenting, "Entreprenørskap som driver i en ny sosialboligmodell", with Vice Mayor of urban development Hanna Marcussen and Arild Eriksen of Skajaa & Eriksenon the panel. This breakout session was a collaboration between Tin, ICT Norway and The Trampery.

Oslo Urban Arena is considered as the biggest platform for urban dicourses in Norway. Mentioned in HiOA's Bybloggen.

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Hurtigpraksis Lecture on the office's practice

10.08.2017 - Oslo house of Innovation, Oslo - Presenting, "Gattaca - Year One" (the former moniker of the office), for architect students from various schools in Scandinavia, on our ups and downs during our first year as professionals.

Arkitektstudenter i Hurtigpraksis, is a student-initiated workshop on professional practices in the field of architecture. Other participants were Ghilardi Hellsten, Rodeo, SLA, Snøhetta etc.

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Keynote at the members Meeting of Oslo Venstre (Liberal Party)

06.06.2017 - Mesh T2, Oslo - Presenting, "The Startup City", and "Coworking and Meeting Grounds". The session, "Fremtidens Grunderpolitikk", focuses on the governing encouraging Norwegian entrepreneurship.

Other presenters were Anna Holm Heide from No Isolation, and the politician Sveinung Rotnevatn.

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Speaker at the Oslo Future Living

11.05.2017 - Vulkan, Oslo - Tin will be presenting, "Eiendomsutvikling i Fremtidens Arbeidsliv". Oslo Future Living is a festival on sustainable and smart cities, a cooperation between Estate Media, Aspelin Ramm, Enova, and Hjellnes Consult.

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Fossen retracts his harsh criticism and proclaims Tin's thesis as a Masterpiece!

08.05.2017 - in public & social media Oslo Metropolitan Area and Oslo Urban Arena - Erling Fossen, is the CEO of initiatives such as Oslo Urban Arena, Oslo Metropolitan Area, etc. The author, urbanist, and former TV-host on NRK, the man himself, Erling Fossen goes on the record, stating;

"I was dissapointed when Tin won the Aspelin Ramm Award last year, and thought to myself, how a highly skilled jury could have fallen for such hipster stuff like coworking spaces. But when I read the thesis, I realised why. The Aspelin Ramm Award demands a certain pedigree, and Tin Phan's thesis is a masterpiece."

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1 of 24 International Teams in the limited Fjordporten High-Rise Competition

28.04.2017 - Oslo Municipality - Part of Mecanoo International team with Oslo Works, Hjellnes Consult, NGI for the Fjordporten competition.

 
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Keynote at the Oslo Metropolitan Area

25.04.2017 - Avantor HQ, Oslo - Presenting, "Fremtidens Arbeidsplass - et ugyldig spørsmål i møte med morgendagens arbeidere". Oslo Metropolitan Area is a non-profit organisation representing the real estate business and urban developers in the Oslo Region.

Other keynote speakers were Fredrik Winther, managing director of Oslo Business Region, and Øystein Thorup, CEO of Avantor.

Mentoring at the SmartOslo Accelerator

01.04.2017 - Tøyen Startup Village - Tin will partake in the workshop, and mentoring the participants in the pitching session. SmartOslo Accelerator is the first portal launched to create a dialogue between the City of Oslo and the startup community.

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Speaker at the Levende Lokaler Network

30.03.2017 - DogA, Oslo - Tin will be leading and presenting the bolk of, "The Startup City - how municipalities attract entrepreneurs and knowledge workers". Levende Lokaler is a Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA) initiative,combatting retracting city centers, with 3 pilot projects, Arendal, Lærdal, and Tromsø. The office also functions as part of the professional reference group and network with other municipalities and professional entities.

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Guest lecture at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

24.03.2017 - The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo - Presenting, "Entrepreneurs and the Public Space". The lecture is part of the two-year post master program led by Lisbet Harboe and Jonny Aspen. Other presenters were Karl Otto Ellefsen, and more.

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Name-dropped in

Dokk Holm's keynote at Norconsult

10.03.2017 - Norconsult HQ, Sanvika - During Arkitektenes fagdag at Norconsult, the urbanist and author Erling Dokk Holm mentions Tin's take on urban affairs as new, refreshing and impeccable, bearing similarities to Katherine W. Phillips. We didn't quite catch the reference, but assume it's positive!

 
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Discussions on coworking spaces with Selvaag & Aspelin Ramm

17.02.2017 - Oslo House of Innovation - Tin will be presenting his thoughts and research on coworking spaces, during a guided tour for the executives at Selvaag.

 
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Lecture at the H2020 Research workshop for NIBR and HiOA

16.01.2017 - Holmen Fjordhotell, Nes - Tin will be presenting, "Diagram as Research Tool", part of Lin Prøitz on how to write a H2020 application-course/workshop. Researchers present, were from The University College of Oslo & Akershus, in creative arts, urbanism, social studies etc.

 
 

— 2016 —

2014 - 2015 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

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Presenting for DogA & Rjukan kommune

16.12.2016 - Tøyen Startup Village, Oslo -Presenting, "Coworking Spaces", for the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA) officials and initiators of a coworking space out in Rjukan. The presentation consisted of a guided tour around Tøyen Startup Village and talk about DogA's initiative, Levende Lokaler.

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Presentation & Meeting with DNB Eiendom

15.12.2016 - Tøyen Startup Village, Oslo -Meeting between ICT Norway, Hjellnes Consult, TSV amd DNB Eiendom. Discussions around the theme coworking was brought up as to what impact it may have on existing real estate practices.

 
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Breakfast at Entra HQ

05.12.2016 - Postgirobygget, Oslo - Tin was invited over for breakfast to present, "Coworking Spaces" for the head honchos at Entra, a Norwegian real estate company.

 

Exhibiting at the Oslo Architecture Triennale

27.10.2016 - Arkitektenes Hus, Oslo - Under OAF, we will be exhibiting, Perspectives of Oslo, a joint project by Gerrit Mosebach, Trine-Lise Sonne as project managers, with Tin Phan, Miles Hamaker, and Alis Chetreaneau.

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Presenter of the week at Bar Talk

14.10.2016 - Dark Arkitekter, Oslo - Presenting, "The masterpitch, and coworking 2.0". Bar Talk is a session of professional talks within the realm of societal issues, urbanism and architecture. Initiated by Dark Arkitekter.

Winner of the Aspelin Ramm Award 2016

28.09.2016 - Folketeateret, Oslo - Against all odds, Tin was chosen as one out of four finalists for the Master Pitch, in tough competition with students all over Norway. Here Tin presented, won, and became the 2nd recipient of the Aspelin Ramm Award for his master thesis, "Coworking Spaces - From Industrial Complexes to the Fourth Industrial Revolution?". The famed Sassia Sasken approached Tin and gave him a firm handshake stating; "It's an honor to be referenced in your master thesis!". The jurors statement:

"An entire real estate and urban development industry, and research community are wondering and excited about how changes in the patterns of how people work and their preferences, not least how young people either on their way in, or at the beginning of their career will affect society. (...) The candidate has captured the essence of the city's current development, and courageously chosen a thesis that in many ways are groundbreaking. We applaud this courage, but more importantly, the precision and critical reflection in the thesis and presentation. Knowledge production and discussion on how we organise and plan for emerging challenges and ideals in the working society has just begun. Tin Phan's master thesis has set this field in motion."

There is only one recognised award given at the Oslo Urban Arena, and the conference is widely considered the biggest platform for urban dicourses in Norway.

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Presentation at the Coworking Innovators Jam

17.09.2016 - Tøyen Startup Village, Oslo - Presenting, "An Architectural view on Coworking Spaces", at the pre-launch of Tøyen Startup Village. Other presenters were the Marianne Borgen, mayor of Oslo, Fredrik Winther, managing director of Oslo Business Region etc.

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Establishing of Tin’s Office & The Commission of a Lifetime - Mesh Expansion!

15.06.2016 - Mesh, Oslo - Tin establishes his office under the moniker, ASSEMBLE! with offices at Mesh. If we rewind 2 weeks back: The office also acquires the coveted top-secret project of Mesh, on of the case studies in his master thesis. On the contrary of what the AHO guest critics felt about his thesis or lack of enthusiasm for it, the Mesh CEO Anders Mjåset & co. sat in the audience and felt otherwise. Within 30 seconds they offered Tin to transform Tordenskiolds gate 2 (9-storey building), and look into other prospects.

Diploma Review - Thesis ahead of its time, or a lazy one, & lack of ingenuity?

02.06.2016 - The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo - Tin Phan presents,defends and receives his M.Arch. diploma for his master thesis, Coworking Spaces - From industrial complexes to the fourth industrial revolution?

The thesis that would go on to become an award-winning piece of research, and spawn countless of lectures in academic and corporate settings, was met with luke-warm-reviews for its supposedly lack of architectural design and critical thinking, and completely overlooked at the AHO Works exhibition. The International panel consisted of Nikolaus Hirsch, Svein Lund and Martine de Maeseneer. De Maeseneer was especially dissapointed, as she posed the oblivious question to a theoretical assessment; "where is the design project?"

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— 2014/2015 —

2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

Part of the Web Editorial of Magasinet KOTE

03.04.2014 - 01.02.2015 - Oslo - After Tin's first submission in Magasinet KOTE, Tin was invited to join the web editorial as a contributor, writer and editor, and later on, as treasurer (Master of Coins) for 2 terms.

Tin's contributions consists of interviews, research articles, movie reviews, analysis and others. This venture serves as his first-ever meeting with treatment of theory, texts, and urban discourses.

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First publishment in Magasinet KOTE

22.05.2014 - Sukkerbiten, Oslo - As a student Tin's article, "Why So Serious?" gets greenlit for the 4th edition of Magasinet KOTE, Allmennhetens Rom.

Magasinet KOTE is a magazine encouraging landscape, urban, architectural and societal discourses among students and other professionals.

Pictures from the release party can be seen here, more importantly, the article can be found here (page 41).

 

Aftenposten Article on Sixty Feet Under

03.01.2014 Aftenposten, Oslo -Following the interest by local government authorities, the student project, Sixty Feet Under, gets issued with a spread in Aftenposten and on the radio. The other half of the project, the exchange student Pittawat Chittapraneerat (Jeen) had already left Norway, and was not present for the accolades the project received.

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