Foto: Javad Parsa

LIVING IN TRANSIT: Living conditions in asylum seeker centers. Where are the architects?

16. september 2016

The National Museum – Architecture

How does the built environment influence asylum seekers’ living conditions in the transit centers? Debate.

In 2015 more than 31,000 people applied for asylum in Norway. Is there a correlation between the architecture provided to the asylum seekers, and questions related to identity, safety, politics and law?

The asylum seekers are given temporary placements. However, the duration of the average stay in these temporary quarters is getting longer, and can in many cases be experienced as permanent. How can architects find new ways of addressing the needs of asylum seekers in long-term transit?

Torshov Transit Center is one of ten sites presented in the "In Residence" exhibition, each of which reflects the conditions of global migration.


  • Torshov Transittmottak / Norsk Folkehjelp
  • OPEN Transformation
  • Ruimteveldwerk
  • Eriksen Skaaja Arkitekter
  • Makers’ Hub
  • Eirik Eide, Regional director at The Eastern Region Office at The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
  • Ragne Øwre Thorshaug, Research Fellow at NTNU, with the project “Housing quality, dwelling and home-making in Norwegian asylum reception centers”