Every Hero has an Origin Story. Read Tin’s in the Latest Issue of the Lifestyle MagazineYPPÉ
10.10.2019 - International - Tin is currently covered as one of the 47 creative entrepreneurs in the lates issue of YPPÉ, a lifestyle magazine. The 6-page introspective and sincere piece covers Tin’s origins as a kid feeling like a minority among minorities, as a teenager that took upon himself another persona to hide his true self and his neverending quest of finding other likeminded people. The interview also chronicles how he within the same master thesis was disgraced by his own architectural peers, yet gained national recognition by a broader professional community. His backstory of entering higher education is also a peculiar one - it is on the basis of passing the entrance exams to AHO with the worst registered report card of 2010. It is not about who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us. Yes, it’s basically everything you need to know about a boy called Tin.
Other subjects in the latest issue of the magazine YPPÉ were Leo Ajkic, Camilla Prytz etc. This issue does not only cover creative entrepreneurs in a biographical sense, but also subtexts such as ethos, escapism and the masks we put on in life. Get a copy at the nearest Narvesen.
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Guest Teacher for the First Lego League at Brandengen School
07.10.2019 - Brandengen School, Drammen - When Tin is not rescuing cats from trees, he helps out kids in need. Or to be precise - the kids at Brandengen Elementary school (where he himself used to be an alumni) for their First Lego League competition. It’s described as a robotics competition encouraging the kids to build a better future for themselves and maybe their own kids. It coincidently also deals tackling different but important architectural and urban challenges. Some of the kids brought up topics, such as building a youth centre, how include the physically impaired in parks, safeguard swimming areas, and to transform to-be-closed road into a playground. We at the office simply known as Tin are looking forward to see the end results!
Chief Designer of Selvaag’s Exhibition at Bydelsdagene Nydalen!
14.09.2019 - Avantor H.Q., Nydalen - Tin served as the chief designer of Selvaag’s exhibition at Bydelsdagene Nydalen, working under the director of Development Magnus Skallerud (right in the picture), and property developer Emelie Tornberg. The intention was to showcase different property developers practices that underscored the green shift. Instead of showing anything flashy as BREEAM certified buildings, Selvaag chose a more sober representation of their innovations: their everyday practices such as putting pressure on suppliers to step up their game on maintaining ventilation rather than replacing it, proper storage of furnitures for reusing, system walls/doors etc., and even digital systems for smooth booking, ordering catering, paying bills etc. The point was to showcase the actions that a property developer could do which is leaner management of their furnish or assets in their properties, rather than buying state-of-the-art technological facades or whatever.
Some of the presenters present that day was Elin Børrud, Per Gunnar Røe, Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, Øystein Thorup etc. Other property developers that exhibited their work that day was Avantor, OBOS, Veidekke, Norwegian Property and Storebrand Eiendom.
Tin Returns for a Third Time at Hurtigpraksis!
30.07.2019 - The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo - We will be presenting, “Tin - Year Three”, presenting the ups and downs of running a company, practical administrative information and not least, the office’s approach on societal concerns and competitions. The presentation covered topics such as experiences during studies and worklife, risks of running a small office, and what measures does the office take towards political impact and societal sustainability. Tin also participated as a guest critic on the students first written assignment of this year’s Hurtigpraksis.
Arkitektstudenter i Hurtigpraksis, is a student-initiated workshop for students all over Scandinavia on professional practices in the field of architecture. Among the Wildcards this year were Common Ground, Nøysom Arkitekter, Kåmmån, Kolab, Edit/Atelier, Holt O’Brien, Svingen Arkitektkontor. Other offices visited were among others Spacemaker AI, Nordic, Mad, Lala, Snøhetta, Reiulf Ramstad etc.
Part of the Resource Group for Landbrukskvartalet
18.06.2019 - Greenhouse Oslo, Grønland - Tin has been invited to join the resource group for the proceedings surrounding Landbrukskvartalet in Oslo. The group will meet once a month to deliberate the project’s goals and ambitions, or more specifically, the different social stages and important functions of Landbrukskvartalet. Tin’s knowledge into the project covers many areas of interests, such as being one of the first tenants/members at Greenhouse, his theory on coworking spaces and social, professional and commercial models surrounding them, and his practice related to working societies, knowledge districts and programming indirectly and directly related to these.
Aside from Tin, the group consists professionals inhouse, from the neighborhood, hospitality services etc. such as Frode Rønne Malmø & Maren Bjerkeng/Aspelin Ramm, Jonas Vesterhus/Space Group, Bernhard Bisseth-Hallandvik/Enterspace, Einar Kleppe Holthe/Fuglen, Anders Nohre-Walldén/Grønn Byggallianse, Runar Eggesvik/Trøbbelskyter, Jarl Solberg/Nordic Black Theatre, Karen Sofie Sørensen/Bruket, Helene Gallis/Nabolagshager, Linnéa Svensson/Greener Events.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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 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..
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Name-dropped in Erling 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.