My second book project is on the history of the Norwegian leisure cabin, the hytte. I trace the history of the cabin back to the communal network of trekking cabins built by the Norwegian Trekking Association starting in the second half of the 1800s, through the rapid expansion of cabin building following growth in car ownership and increased affluence in the 1960s, until today, where many cabins have become high-tech palaces up in the mountains, in forests, and by the sea. I pay close attention to the negotiations over what kinds of comforts – and comfort technologies – are culturally and infrastructurally acceptable at the cabin, and on the subtle and not-so-subtle interplay of technology and nature that takes place in and around the cabin.
The project will end up as a richly illustrated, Norwegian-language book intended for a broad audience.
I maintain a research blog devoted to this project at http://www.hyttedrommen.net/