Dealing with it



26 September – 4 October


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

Dwi Oat Website Workshop

Design: João Doria

Dealing with it is an academic forum hosted by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).

Schools from around the world and across disciplines are invited to participate in a global dialogue and knowledge-sharing experiment. The program will engage with the Triennale curators’ central questioning of economic growth by assessing a spectrum of societal and professional attitudes towards the already existing built environment. In recent decades, Norway has experienced a period of explosive economic growth and urban development. The resulting construction boom has left many buildings empty or marked for demolition. Empty sites in Oslo will provide case studies for learning and experimentation. Workshop participants will delve into the technical, cultural and legal parameters and value systems that determine the treatment of these leftover sites.

The workshop will start by surveying the typologies, places and landscapes where obsolescence looms. Collectively, we will then develop tactics for 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. We will ask if unbuilding can 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 open to the general public during three assemblies intended to open the forum to a wider audience, encouraging an exchange of ideas and a collective moment of reflection.

For further details, regular program updates, a full list of participants and final locations, check here.

The events might be photographed/filmed for public use.