Dealing with it



26. September – 4. October

Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo, Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Organizers: Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Oslo Architecture Triennale

Photo: OAT / Istvan Virag

Photo: OAT / Istvan Virag

Bringing schools from around the world and across disciplines into a global dialogue and knowledge-sharing experiment, the programme will engage with the Triennale's central question of economic growth by assessing a spectrum of societal and professional attitudes towards the existing environment. In recent decades, Norway has experienced a period of explosive economic growth and development. The resulting construction boom has left many buildings empty or marked for demolition.

The workshop will start by surveying the typologies, places and landscapes where obsolescence looms. Collectively, we will then continue to articulate tactics towards the maintenance and renewal of our existing built environment. The aim is both to discover new methodologies, and to rediscover approaches forgotten during the recent decades of rapid development. Can unbuilding be as crucial to design practice as building? Does the rushed development of the built environment presuppose a binary choice between keeping or letting go? Or are there other ways that we can imagine dealing with it? The program will be distributed and broadcast over eight days during the opening week of the Triennale, inviting conversations and collaborations between students, academics, fellow architects, designers, artists, engineers, construction professionals, politicians and the general public.

Public programme connected to the academy will be launched closer to the opening of the Triennale.