Reaching for Utopia—Inclusive Design in Practice

‘Reaching for Utopia—Inclusive Design in Practice’ was an ensemble of projects that demonstrated how Norway's people-centred approach to design and architecture permeates life, business and society.

The projects were picked from the public sector, across a wide range of disciplines. These included St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, the Bergen Light Rail project and Bergen University College. Together, they demonstrated design's capability to distil a greater political ideal into real environments that improve daily lives in Norway. An ambitious government action plan to make Norway ‘inclusively designed’ by 2025 is underway, with examples of accessible design leading the way.

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Photography: Ed Reeve


Administering Body:

Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture

Design Team:

Victoria Høisæther

Linda Falang (Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture)


Onny Eikhaug (Programme Leader — Design for All, Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture)

Supporting Body:

Royal Norwegian Embassy, London

2016 Exhibitors