“The measure of any great civilization is its cities…”

“…and a measure of a city’s greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares.” ― John Ruskin

If ever there was an argument to be made that a single building can completely and successfully redefine public spaces, then Aker Brygge Wharf is it.  The neighborhood was once the site of a shipyard, Akers Mekaniske Verksted, but the opening of Oslo’s ground-breaking, stunning Operahuset, transformed the city’s waterfront, a metamorphosis resulting in an open-air shopping district with art installations, cafes, pubs, restaurants and shopping.  It is teeming with people, non-stop activity and should not be missed :

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