One conference ends …

[photopress:cathedral_from_bridge.jpg,thumb,floatleft] [photopress:riverside_residential_trondheim.jpg,thumb,floatright] That’s it for the 8th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. I learned a little bit. I made a few connections. I ate fancy food and drank French wine at a dinner hosted by Statoil, thus benefiting from oil companies’ massive profits. I enjoyed Trondheim’s maritime charm and swooned at its more contemporary architecture and design. Their style is very Modern, rational, and conspicuously wood-heavy with a really nice sense of texture and intrigue.

[photopress:square_at_midnight_trondheim.jpg,thumb,floatleft] It’s easy to describe the phenomenon of perpetual daylight, but the feeling of a light sky and active street life at midnight on a Wednesday still took me by surprise. The picture helps to illustrate it. In the evening one gets a sense of imperviousness to the clock: “I can stay out as late as I want; it’ll still be light when I want to go home” and there are enough other people out and about to support that sense. Of course, the imperviousness doesn’t extend to the next morning and afternoon.

Incidentally, the King arrived in town today (I heard Tronheim is his Summer residence). There was a royal procession, with children and various groups following behind, cheering and waving flags. There’s a concert in the square right now which He is attending. A pop orchestra had been playing incredibly cliche classical pieces, the ones you always hear in movies and movie previews. Now they’ve added a singer and drumset, and they’re doing orchestrated pop numbers. Some of it’s not bad. Some of it is pretty cheesy (My Favorite Things, Lean on Me, …).

I head out tomorrow morning.

  1. #1 written by Moira June 23rd, 2006 at 12:55

    What does intrigue look like, exactly?

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  2. #2 written by joshuah June 23rd, 2006 at 14:11

    riverfront residential

    Heheh. I think intrigue is like surpise — bold features that are elegant but unexpected, things that make you want to look twice or see what’s around the corner. Traditional buildings have no intrigue because they follow the conventions of a well-known style. A lot of Modern stuff, like the glass box skyscraper, has little intrigue because its forms are regular and predictable. But a lot of the Modern buildings I see here have certain features, like bold, unusual structural elements, big, open areas that tie together several smaller spaces on different floors, and asymmetric walls of glass with sweeping views. Even this shopping mall, though it’s not the best example, has a bit of intrigue to it. It could have been a typical plate-glass commercial building, but then these rich exposed-wood beams give it this really sharp framing and the diagonal ones create triangular windows. It makes me wonder, “why the diagonal beams? Doesn’t that make the windows way more expensive? Doesn’t that interfere with the commerical displays? Is the exposed wood problematic in winter?” But it makes it visually way more interesting. I like that kind of stuff.

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