Open lecture. Peter Buchanan: Design as reweaving a web of relationships

Open lecture by architectural writer, critic, consultant and curator Peter Buchanan followed by a conversation with OAT 2019 Chief Curators.



18 October

18:00 – 19:30

Arkitektenes hus, Josefines gate 34, Oslo


Kl. 17.30: Open bar and soup for everyone
Kl. 18.00: Event starts

"DESIGN AS REWEAVING A WEB OF RELATIONSHIPS: Moving From Extractive Separation to Regenerative Symbiosis"
According to Peter Buchanan, we have lost our way, both generally and architecturally. The quest for sustainability is only one symptom of larger systemic failure. But we are paralysed because uncertain what to do, or unable to choose among all the many proposals being offered. Besides, most of those proposals, although bringing positive benefits, are too narrow and uncoordinated to deliver the broad changes required.

Amongst other things, this talk by Peter Buchanan will provide a framework to understand the mindset that underpins our times and got us into this situation, as well as how this has shaped architecture and urbanism, It will then offer strategies and ways of thinking and designing to help us move forward. It will also elaborate a set of empowering ideas to underpin these and that will shape a future architecture relevant to the challenges of our time.

Peter Buchanan is an architectural writer, critic, consultant and curator. He has published several hundred essays and articles in journals from many countries, and lectured and taught summer schools and master classes in a similarly wide range of places and universities. He is best known for the critical essay series The Big Rethink published in The Architectural Review, where the author calls for the awareness of architects and urban planners to the challenges posed by the global economic and environmental crises.

The session is organized by OAT in collaboration with Oslo Association of Architects and The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) – Institute of Architecture.

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