Futures of Åsane 4: Intercultural Meeting Places

Åsane is a diverse district. What can we learn from each other, and from other cities and countries, in the development of Åsane? We want to hear from you: What do you want for the future of Åsane?

Fremtenkt and Arna and Åsane office of cultural affairs has the pleasure of inviting you to the event Futures of Åsane 4: Intercultural Meeting Places.

Time: Thursday September 30th from 17:00-20:00. Place: Multisal, Åsane kulturhus. Participation is free of charge.

Sign up here.

Great changes are afoot in Åsane. Bergen municipality is working on a Strategic planning program for the central part of Åsane. Planning for Bybanen light rail is underway, and so are new plans for more cycle and footpaths, parks and a renewal of the urban centre of Åsane. The new Åsane kulturhus is ready to be filled with concerts, courses and other events.

To create an inclusive and sustainable district with a diverse cultural life, we need input from a wide range of citizens with different experiences and desires. What can Åsane learn from its diverse inhabitants? Whether you have lived, travelled or worked abroad; recently moved to Åsane or lived here all your life: we want to hear from you.

Join us in an open and welcoming workshop to discuss the future of Åsane with other engaged inhabitants and representatives from Bergen municipality!

Everyone is welcome, and you can take part in the entire meeting or only a part of it. Participation is free of charge, and there will be food and drinks served during the workshop.

Working language is Norwegian and English, but there is also an option to have an interpreter present. If you would like an interpreter to be present, please indicate which language you want the interpreter to speak in the sign up form, here.

Read more about the workshop here.


Futures of Åsane 3: Mobility

How do we move about in a future Åsane?

Bergen kommune and Fremtenkt invited participants to a digital Futures Workshop on the topic of mobility Tuesday 8 June.

This workshop was the third in the series of workshops on the Futures of Åsane. We asked: Can we make more room for parks, canals and people in the central part of Åsane, while also making it easier to pick your children up from kindergarten, shop for groceries after work, or attend a sports match?

Participants worked in groups answering the following questions:

The results (in Norwegian) from this and the former two Futures Workshops can be browsed on the project Miro board.

Futures Workshop on the area around Solheimsvatnet

On 10 May 2021, Bergen kommune and Fremtenkt hosted an online Futures Workshop on the topic of Solheimsvatnet and the surrounding area.

Solheimsvatnet is going to be a central element in the northern part of the future Mindebyen. The area is to be developed for the benefit of the general public, offering opportunities for both activity and relaxation. At the same time, the natural elements that are present in the area today are to be safeguarded, and the biological diversity strengthened.

Bergen kommune is working on a plan for the development of the area. You can read more about this at their webpage: Bergen kommune, on the topic of Mindemyren.

To ensure a good outcome in the development of the area, Bergen kommune wants to engage inhabitants in open dialog. Together with Fremtenkt, the municipal planning office therefore invited anyone interested to participate in an online Futures Workshop on the topic of Solheimsvatnet.

Workshop participants worked in groups to answer the following three questions:

Finally, we asked:

In reply to this, the groups came up with a number of specific activities and measures that can be implemented in the coming months.

Futures of Åsane 2

March 15 4pm-7pm, Fremtenkt hosted the second online Futures Workshop on the futures of Åsane, in collaboration with Plan- og bygningsetaten and Arna og Åsane kulturkontor.

The first workshop generated a number of ideas and suggestions (read more about this below), and we were looking forward to following up with a new workshop. We continued to work on the results of the first workshop, while also welcoming some new participants to help envision and build alternative futures for the centre of Åsane.

The agenda was as follows:

  1. Continue working on (new and old) utopian sketches, connecting them to the local geography: the C-plot, Åsanehallen and rivers, lakes and green areas.
  2. From utopia to implementation: How can we, together, get from where we are today to something like our utopias? What can each of us do on our own, and what can we do together?
  3. "Test sites": How can we test our utopias, in practice, already in 2021? What projects can we start to show all the inhabitants of Åsane the possible futures of our city?
As with all our Lab workshops, everyone, no matter who they are, were welcome to participate. Participation was free of charge.

Would you like to participate in future workshops? Send us an e-mail at or keep an eye on this page and our facebook page for updates.

With support from Bergen kommune and Vestland fylkeskommune.

Futures of Ageing 2 with Last chapter and the Artful Dementia Research Lab (UoT)

On the 17.02.2021 Fremtenkt, Last chapter and the Artful Dementia Research Lab (UoT) hosted the second ever online Futures Workshop on the futures of ageing-friendly societies.

The workshop is now over, and we will be publishing some of the results in the near future. In the meantime, you can read more about it here.

Fremtenkt Contributes to UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit 2020

On Desember 8-9, Fremtenkt participated in the UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit as part of the Norwegian delegation, together with NIFU, The Research Council of Norway, and University of Stavanger.

Fremtenkt presented our Laboratory for sustainable and democratic futures as an example of Futures Literacy in the context of citizen-municipal collaboration and co-creation in the sustainable urban development of Åsane, a suburb of Bergen, on the West Coast of Norway.

Read more about Futures Literacy Norway here.

SDG Christmas Calendar

In collaboration with Memoar and Last Chapter/Siste kapittel, Fremtenkt have made a SDG Christmas calendar: each of the four Sundays in Advent, we will be publishing a video at that connects one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to oral histories collected by Memoar. Through these videos, we want to provide an insight into the recent history of sustainable development in Norway, seen from the perspective of the individual, as well as invite you to reflect on the meaning and importance of sustainability in everyday life.

Videos are in Norwegian

Online Futures Workshop on Ageing-Friendly Communities

In collaboration with Last Chapter/Siste kapittel, Fremtenkt arranged an online Futures Workshop on Ageing-Friendly Societies on November 25, 2020. Participants from Norway, Great Britain, Canada and Israel, with backgrounds in academia, healthcare, and health policy work, came together to critique everything that is wrong about the way we treat, imagine, experience, think or talk about ageing today; dream up utopian visions for the futures of ageing-friendly communities, and make plans for how they—singly and collectively—could work to bring present reality closer to the imagined futures.

A second workshop in the series is planned for February 16, 2021. If you are interested in participating, do not hesitate to get in touch at

Online Futures Workshop on Sustainable Urban Development in Åsane

On November 20, Fremtenkt organised the first "experiment" within the Laboratory for sustainable and democratic futures: an online Futures Workshop dealing with the development of the centre of Åsane, a suburb of Bergen on the West coast of Norway.

The workshop—inspired by the method originally developed by Robert Jungk and Norbert Müllert—brought together about 20 participants, including engaged inhabitants, representatives from the municipal planning office, and the police.

Over the course of three hours, participants first discussed and voted on their favourite aspects of Åsane as it is today, then the worst aspects of the urban centre of the suburb, and finally set about brainstorming and sketching out their "preferred futures" for Åsane in the form of visions for the urban centre they would like it to be—if they could decide.