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Else Abrahamsen and Jack Hughes

, Norway
MakersHub is a non-profit collective based in Oslo. We were established late 2015 because we wanted to act on todays various social challenges and be ambassadors for socially responsible architects. Through our various projects, we use design and architecture as tools to reduce social exclusion, increase inclusion and life quality for marginalized groups in our society. We specialise in participation methods and use self-building as a tool to increase dignity and self-esteem

MakersHub Oslo


Money Talks - The forgotten people and spaces

MakersHub Oslo


Money Talks - The forgotten people and spaces
Architecture, participation and self-building to increase social inclusion, dignity and empowerment.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The architectural industry in Norway is dominated by the clients demand - which in most cases, financial gain is the main goal. We want to change this. We are working to create an environment where the needs of marginalised people is governing and not the client's financial motives. We are witnessing the public departments failing many of our most vulnerable people in our society. We see that public institutions' building masses for drug users, youth clubs and women crisis centres are slowly decaying or have never had a decent standard due to lack of financial means. At the same time, we see a generous use of money for public projects such as the new National Museum, the Deichman Library and the Government Quarter in Oslo. This shows a clear distinction in the allocations to different user groups based on class and social affiliation. This is a passive signal from the public symbolising about who they consider to be worthy recipients of design and architecture.

MakersHub Oslo


Money Talks - The forgotten people and spaces

MakersHub Oslo


Money Talks - The forgotten people and spaces
Architecture, participation and self-building to increase social inclusion, dignity and empowerment.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The architectural industry in Norway is dominated by the clients demand - which in most cases, financial gain is the main goal. We want to change this. We are working to create an environment where the needs of marginalised people is governing and not the client's financial motives. We are witnessing the public departments failing many of our most vulnerable people in our society. We see that public institutions' building masses for drug users, youth clubs and women crisis centres are slowly decaying or have never had a decent standard due to lack of financial means. At the same time, we see a generous use of money for public projects such as the new National Museum, the Deichman Library and the Government Quarter in Oslo. This shows a clear distinction in the allocations to different user groups based on class and social affiliation. This is a passive signal from the public symbolising about who they consider to be worthy recipients of design and architecture.


Idea by

Else Abrahamsen and Jack Hughes
Norway
MakersHub is a non-profit collective based in Oslo. We were established late 2015 because we wanted to act on todays various social challenges and be ambassadors for socially responsible architects. Through our various projects, we use design and architecture as tools to reduce social exclusion, increase inclusion and life quality for marginalized groups in our society. We specialise in participation methods and use self-building as a tool to increase dignity and self-esteem