The 7th edition of “Why the World Needs Anthropologists” focused on how to design and build cities for sustainability. Winning the official title of Oslo: European Green Capital-event, and partnering with University of Oslo and Politecnico di Milano, WWNA 2019 set out to bring together hands and minds that build our cities to inspire and incite action, foster fruitful collaborations and exchange ideas.
On 25-27 October, 300 participants from 42 countries discussed the propositions of four speakers: Marianne Saetre (Snohetta), Morten Nielsen (National Museum of Denmark), Gareth Doherty (Harvard University) and Gemma John (Human City). The panel discussion was masterfully moderated by Trude Lerfald (Halogen). The City Hotspot hosted 18 companies and institutions that offered and/or sought the expertise of city-builders and social anthropologists.
The second day, 13 Perspective presentations and 14 Workshops on urban sustainability opened the floor to the audience. Finally, WWNA 2019 was concluded by the talks of Miia Halme-Tuomisaari on “EASA and the Future of European Anthropology” and Thomas H. Eriksen‘s concluding remarks on development and (un)sustainability. Finally, “The Award for the Contribution to Engaged Anthropology” was presented to Eriksen in “recognition of outstanding dedication to academic scholarship, for bringing the relevance and practice of the anthropological mindset to the wider public”.
The third day, participants explored site-specific projects in Oslo and 45 members joined well-attended Applied Anthropology Network Meeting to plan future activities. For the first time, participants were asked to purchase a ticket (12 EUR student ticket, 30 EUR standard ticket). “Sustaining Cities” event was supported by 17 partners, 11 sponsors and 3 media partners.
Coordinated by Pardis Shafafi (Designit), Organising Committee, Advisory Group and the team of local Volunteers delivered a high-profile international event.
With Company, Designit, Horowitz Research, LastCall, EGGS Design, Stripe Partners, Ironhack, LPO, Green Culture Lab, Kantik Wine, Food Studio, Gro Gront, Tim Weldelboe, Subvertising Norway, Give a Shit,
FC1: Annie Liu – Help cities move in a sustainable way
FC2: Elina Reponen – How do living labs help develop sustainable cities?
FC3: Ria Adam – Youth wellbeing in northern Finnish towns: Opportunities and threats
FC4: Alf Helge Greaker – Future social indicators of UNSDG in a Norwegian small-town context
• With Company: Sustaining Territories / Thinking Beyond the City
• EGGS Design: Drilling for Value: Designing Loveable Futures on a Triple Bottom-line
• Stripe Partners: Systems Thinking for Smart City Design
• MJMJ/Riga: Anthropology and Architecture: Between Convincing and Critique
• NTNU: Map and Terrain in Anthropology and Architecture
• Helene Veiga Gomes: Urban Narratives for the Future
• LastCall: Inclusive Cultural Scenes with LastCall
• Ironhack: Owlshare: Empowering Senior Citizens in their Communities
• InProcess: Sustaining the Frontline, Service Industry Workers Surviving in Big Cities
• Subvertising Norway: Reclaim the Streets: Ad-Busting as a Means of Hacking the City
• Gro Grønt: Food Independence in Urban Areas
• Give a Shit/ IADE-UE: Shaping (Future) Cities with Toilets
• Designit: Sustainability and the City
OT1: James Finucane – Urban Street Art Tour
OT2: Oslo European Green Capital – Oslo’s mobility transformation
OT3: Go Gront – Go green, sustainable food futures
OT4: Kok Sauna – Oslo by (floating) sauna
Pardis Shafafi – Main Coordinator (EASA AAN/ Designit)
Martin Demant Frederiksen – Programme Coordinator, Advisory Group Coordinator (UiO)
Samira Marty – Production Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator (UiO)
Laura Korčulanin – Finance and Partnership Coordinator, Future Cities (EASA AAN/ IADE-UE)
Ståle Wig – Media and Communication Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator (UiO)
Pavel Borecký – Speakers and Registration Coordinator (University of Bern/ EASA AAN)
Catharina Sletner – Workshops Coordinator (UiO/ Habeo)
Niloufar Gharavi – Lead Designer, Tours Coordinator (AHO/ Change by Design)
Karen Langvik – Social Media Manager (EASA AAN/ UiO)
Melina Hozhabri – Hotspot Coordinator, Design Support (AHO/ Change by Design)
Verónica Reyero – Operational Support (Antropología 2.0/ EASA AAN)
Hélène Veiga Gomes – Operational Support (LAA/ EASA AAN)
Trude Lerfald (Halogen)
Shiho Asada and Siqi Chen – Design Support
Katja Bratseth – Photography Support (Byantropogene)
Maiken Riis Eilertsen – Volunteer Support (Byantropologene)
Kristine Tveit, Espen Langaas, Kajsa Biberg, Magnus Ravnå, Anders Brodin, Sanan Weststeyn, Lina Krade, Muntasir Sattar, Peder Birkelund, Marius Trælstad, Betty Feder, Aina Helene Guttorm Einarsen, Martine Elise, Skoglund Hammer, Caroline Ruyter, Helene Dahl, Lise Solvoll, Joaquín Coto Giménez, Esma Suleymanoglu, Sara Lorenzen, Silje Sætrang Fevik, Jan Palma, Delniya Hasannia, Shiyi Fu, Anna-Sophie Hobi, Martin Loeng,Deborah K. Wanja, Joakim Gitlestad
Photo credit: Mariana Bassani