Gross Ideas - Tales of tomorrow's architecture

The intersection of fictional and built architecture is blurry. Imagined cities shape the possibilities of physical ones long before briefs are written or masterplans made. Gross Ideas is the companion publication to the Oslo Architecture Triennale. It explores the streets and lives of Degrowth cities through the eyes of fictional characters in a compendium of short stories.

With stories written by architects, science fiction writers, poets and environmental campaigners, the publication aims to simulate a broad and interdisciplinary conversation about our common responsibility for tomorrow. From graphic novels to poetry, the stories are hopeful, strange, alarming and inspiring.

Writers: Cory Doctorow, Camilla Grudova, Will Self, Mill & Jones, Joel Blackledge, Sophie Mackintosh, Steve Webb, Jo Lindsay Walton, Lesley Lokko, Rachel Armstrong, Lev Bratishenko, Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen, Maria Smith, Robin Nicholson, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Edward Davey, Jane Yeh.

The book is edited by Edwina Attlee, Maria Smith and Phineas Harper and published in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation and the Oslo Region alliance.

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