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Affluence vs Architecture in Norway

Norway, like Chile, is a long skinny country that hugs the edge of a continent. Steep mountains and deep fjords divide the land and all the major cities are located on the coast.
Over the past five decades, North Sea oil has brought wealth, and what was long the poorest country of northern Europe is now the richest. That has sparked a wave of construction, mostly in infrastructure: bridges and tunnels to carry traffic through the mountains and from one island to another, leaving a multitude of ferries to traverse the fjords. In contrast to other oil-rich countries, Norway has remained egalitarian and has saved or spent its windfall responsibly, though there is now a flurry of commercial development and prestige projects.
Sadly, architects have been marginalized in this spurt of growth. Though Norway is a welfare state, there is no tradition of social housing and the...

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