Central topics of the workshop were the Atlantikwall as a trans-European and widely ignored phenomenon, the bunkers as architecture, the reception and perception of the bunkers and the actual dealing with them, the issue of the changing borders of Europe and the question of a European identity.

With Dora 1 and 2 being located in its city centre, Trondheim is one of the most important sites along the Norwegian coast in that concern and a location where the preoccupation with the Atlantikwall in the form of two giant bunkers has created a variety of approaches, proposals and opinions.
One part of the workshop was to investigate this specific situation by inviting contributors reporting about future plans, proposals and open questions as well as about past discussions. Another focus was the exploration of the actual bunkers in the Trondheim region. Facts and information were presented to the audience of the workshop as these also provide the basis for any further reflection on the more abstract matters related to the Atlantikwall.
As interdisciplinary perspectives are crucial in dealing with this topic, we invited contributions from different disciplines such as architecture, history, politics, aesthetics etc. to address the different issues of the topic from their respective point of view.

The workshop was open to the general public and will encourage interdisciplinary exchange for a broad audience and people being involved in the particular local situation in different ways.

Please feel free to contact us at for any further material related to the workshop and the contributions listed below.

Thanks to Sør-Trøndelag Fylkeskommune for supporting the “Atlantik Walk” workshop and to NTNU and Dora AS for the provision of space and equipment.

1. Bunker excursions

a) Sunday Sept 24th 2006

Bunker Tour Ørland
Guided tour with Erik Hårberg and Erik Ettrup to fortification structures in Ørland.
For more information see here.

b) Monday Sept 25th 2006

Dora 1 + 2
Guided tour with Svein Carstens and Knut Sivertsen
c) Tuesday Sept 26th 2006

Hysnes Fort
Guided tour with Aksel Becker and Bernt Brevik

2. Contributions

Monday Sept 25th 2006, Dora 1

Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer and Maria Nome Doyle / “Atlantik Walk”

Maria and Benjamin gave an introduction to the workshop and presented “Atlantik Walk” to the audience.
Knut Sivertsen / Politiet: Dora 1+2, Submarine Headquarter Trondheim

The strategic importance of Trondheim as Marine Headquarter during WWII, the complex and difficult building of Dora I and II and the key events on the Nyhavna during and directly after the war were presented and illustrated with extensive photographic material.
Arild Kalkvik / Bygg:Larm: workshops + seminar in preparation of “by:Larm” 2007

Arild talked about bygg:Larm and by:Larm as examples of urban development in a creative and innovative context. Besides dealing with Dora a new way of cooperation between urban developers, private and public real estate owners and creative people should be generated.
Geir K.Hansen / NTNU Institutt for byggekunst

Geir presented results of a student seminar about “metamorphosis” - changing Dora 2 into a new space by ways of transformation, transmutation, change of form, shape or character.
Knut Wik / Sør-Trøndelag Fylkeskommune ”Kulturbunker Dora 2014”

The longterm project ”Kulturbunker Dora 2014” consists of several steps leading to a transformation of the bunker into an area of cultural activity.
Paal Mehlum and Svein Carstens / Dora AS: The Dora project

As the representative of Dora AS, the owner of the bunkers, Svein presented the short- and longterm plans for the bunkers and the surrounding area.

Tuesday Sept. 26th:

Marianne Neerland Soleim / Falstadsenteret: The Falstadsenteret project

Through the activites at Falstadsenteret concerning the history of imprisonment during World War II and Human Rights, it may as a Memorial contribute to a broader perspective on history. This could be illustrated by the history of the Soviet Prisoners of war at Falstad.
Ragnar Jenssen / Ørland kommune: WWII Structures Ørland, Austrått Fort

In a profound depiction of fortification structures in Ørland kommune Ragnar told the audience about the history and function of bunkers in the area around Trondheim.
Bernt Brevik / Museum Kystens Arv og Stiftelsen Hysnes

The huge former defence structure called Hysnes Fort is planned to be transformed into a rehabilitation center, "Nasjonalt Mestingssenter", including setups for a wide variety of artistic activity.
Thomas Brandt / FAROS (NTNU)

Taking the FAROS-project “Techne” as an example, Thomas explained how the Atlantikwall could be seen as a built structure executing fear and control.
Eir Grytli / NTNU Institutt for byggekunst, historie og teknologi: Kristianstens Festning – student seminar Building Conservation

Eir gave us an introduction of the aims and parameters of this project, investigating the land surrounding the middle-aged fortress, before one of her students presented us with his group’s site investigations and specific approach.
Johan Fredrik Urnes and Per Formo / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

Tadashi Kawamata

”Generator” is a project supposed to exhibit works of art in public spaces. It was presented by Johan Fredrik from Senter for Samtidskunst and the artist Per Fomo. "Generator" is a project intended to promote art in public spaces. It integrates an art dissemination programme that seeks to invite the public to participation and involvement and help establish Trondheim as a city of contemporary culture. Invited artists include Tadashi Kawamata, Katya Sander and Apolonija Sustersic.