As a senior specialist at COWI, Øystein is engaging directly with people who are affected by changes derived from the projects.
As in many countries, urbanism is not too popular in rural areas, but his ideas about urban value creation and sustainable development always trigger interesting discussions.
“I often prefer a heated debate, because it shows that you are involved in decisions that matter. It makes me try even harder to achieve the best results, together with the stakeholders,” he says.
Øystein appreciates the flexibility and independence his job brings. The volatility is feeding his appetite on still more visionary projects.
He has great interest in the development of future cities. For instance, he is involved in the designing of a new sustainable city from scratch: The Sollihøgda plussby (Plus City) - an ambitious environmental laboratory for smart urban development with autonomous buses, elements of shared economy and sustainable energy solutions. It aims to strengthen the future of the Oslo Region and on a wider scale, put Norway on the map as a frontrunner in designing the cities of the future.
The voice calling for a sustainable urban future is getting louder.
Øystein is also a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences and seminars. A favourite subject is how an aging population poses a challenge to many societies and how cities can contribute to finding a solution.
“At COWI, we try to move society in the right direction. We are concerned about the environment and I think we make a difference in solving the challenges by promoting and enhancing the benefits of the city,” says Øystein.
On a personal note, he reflects:
“I play a tiny role. But there are many people working on this agenda, pulling in the same direction. The voice calling for a sustainable urban development is getting louder.”