Public Lectures:

Degrowth Histories



28 September

09:00 – 16:30

Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo, Maridalsveien 29, Oslo

Organisers Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Oslo Architecture Triennale

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Graphic design by Aslak Gurholt, Yokoland

Architectural historians examine case studies from the 1960s and ´70s where architectural practice, education and media entangle with ideas of ‘degrowth’. Speakers and disputants include Beatriz Colomina, Felicity D. Scott, Caroline Maniaque-Benton, Isabelle Doucet, Alan Adams Smart, Ingrid Halland, Martin Braathen, Anna Ulak, Dag Norling, Eyvind Kvaale, Turid Horgen, Matthew Dalziel, Erik Fenstad Langdalen, Thomas McQuillan, Kastler Skjeseth Architects, Beata Labuhn, a.o. The event is open to the public.

Before, during and after the global countercultural revolutions of 1968, both architects and non-architects explored urban and architectural alternatives for a better world. Many of these experiments challenged the necessity of economic growth and mass consumerism as basis for human societies. Some inspired generations of urbanists, architects and educators thereafter, whilst others were yet too radical. “Degrowth Histories” is a day of academic lectures open to a wider audience, harboring potential inspiration, but also caveats for practicing architects who wish to work with ‘degrowth’ today.



Erik Fenstad Langdalen
Professor and Head of Institute of Form, Theory and History, AHO, Oslo

Matthew Dalziel
Chief Curator of Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 / Architect at Flakk/Dalziel, London


Funeral for the Shoemaker
Martin Braathen
Curator of Contemporary Architecture, The National Museum, Oslo

Degrowth Tendencies of the Norwegian Deep Ecology Movement
Ingrid Halland
Associate Professor of Art History and Theory, Department of Art and Media Studies, NTNU, Trondheim

The 1969-Exhibition “And After Us…”
Beata Labuhn
PhD candidate, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Oslo

10.30-10.45 COFFEE BREAK

“Don’t Trust the UN Conference”: PowWow and “För en Teknik i Folkets Tjänst!”
Felicity D. Scott
Professor of Architecture and Director, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York

12.00-12.45 LUNCH

Disrupting Growth. Resisting Architecture? (Skype lecture)
Isabelle Doucet
Professor of Theory and History of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Provo’s White Bicycle Plan: Collisions and Convergences
Alan Adams Smart
PhD candidate, University of Illinois Chicago / Partner Other Forms, Berlin

13.45 – 14.00 COFFEE BREAK

14.00 – 14.15
Jay Forrester´s World Diagram in “The Limits to Growth”
Anna Ulak
PhD candidate, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Oslo

14.15 – 15.00
Schumacher before “Small is Beautiful” in the North-American Media and Education
Caroline Maniaque-Benton
Professor of History of Architecture and Design, School of Architecture, University of Normandy, Rouen

15.00 – 15.15 COFFEE BREAK

15.15 – 16.00
Radical Pedagogies
Beatriz Colomina
Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture, New Jersey

16.00 – 16.30 PANEL DISCUSSION
16.30 – 17.00 BREAK

...and more:
"Degrowth Histories" will be followed by more triennale events at AHO during the day. Find information about all the events in the calendar here:
17.00 – 18.30 OVERGROWTH TALKS #2 – AHO (Sverre Fehn Auditorium)
19.30 – PARTY AT AHO

The lecture program is accompanied by the movies:

“Snow Project ´67” (1967, restored in 2019 – 22min)
Jan Rolland, Erik Dagfinn Karlsen, Oddbjørn Holgersen

“1968 The Birds” (1968, 2018 – 68min)
Silvio Montanaro & Gianni Ramacciotti

“My Summer ´77 with Gordon Matta-Clark” (1977, 2013 – 30min)
Cherica Convents

Invited as honorary guests are AHO-alumni Dag Norling, Eyvind Kvaale, Gábor Szilvay, Turid Horgen, Heidrun Rising Næss, and Snorre Skaugen – authors of the Norwegian 1969-exhibition “And After Us…”, celebrating its 50th anniversary with an archival exhibition at the OAT-Library at the Oslo Museum of Architecture, open from September 26 until November 24, 2019.

“Degrowth Histories” is organized by the Institute of Architecture and the Institute of Form, Theory and History at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) for the workshop “Dealing with It” in the context of the OAT-Academy of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 “Enough: Architecture of Degrowth.” Graphic design by: Aslak Gurholt, Yokoland.

More information about the lectures here.

The event might be photographed/filmed for public use.