Overgrowth Talks



7. February

18:00 – 20:00

Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Join Overgrowth editors Phineas Harper and Nikolaus Hirsch along with special guests Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Helena Mattsson, and Edgar Pieterse for a series of presentations and conversations around the challenge of growth-based cities and bold alternatives for the architecture of a new economy:

Architects and urban practitioners, toiling daily at the coalface of economic expansion, are complicit in the perpetuation of growth. Yet they are also in a unique position to contribute towards a move away from it. It is through architecture and urban practice that alternative values, systems, and logics can be manifest in built form and inherited by generations to come.

Welcome by/ Hanna Dencik Petersson, OAT
OAT 2019 by/ Phineas Harper, OAT 2019 Curator and editor
E-flux Overgrowth series by Nikolaus Hirsch, E-flux Architecture editor
Presentation of the essays by the authors Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Helena Mattsson, and Edgar Pieterse
Conversation moderated by Nikolaus Hirsch
Questions & Answers
Round up by Nikolaus Hirsch


About the essay series:
The essay series Overgrowth is a collaboration between the publishing platform e-flux Architecture and the Oslo Architecture Triennale within the context of its 2019 edition. The series explore the challenge of growth-based cities and test bold alternatives for the architecture of a new cultural economy. How will cities be formed when it is human and ecological flourishing that matter most?

Ingerid Helsing Almaas is an architect. She is a writer and critic for publications at home and abroad, and was editor-in-chief of Arkitektur N, the Norwegian Review of Architecture, from 2004–2017. She is currently a Senior Advisor at Design and Architecture Norway, DOGA.

Helena Mattsson is an architect and a professor in history and theory at KTH School of Architecture. Her research deals with twentieth century theory on welfare state architecture and contemporary architectural history with a special focus on the interdependency between politics, economy, and spatial organizations.​

Edgar Pieterse is founding director of the African Centre for Cities and holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, both at the University of Cape Town. He is consulting editor for Cityscapes, an international biannual magazine on urbanism in the global South.

Nikolaus Hirsch is a Frankfurt-based architect and co-founder of e-flux architecture. He was the director of Städelschule in Frankfurt. His projects include the award-winning Dresden Synagogue and currently an artist residency at The Land. Hirsch curated numerous exhibitions including Folly for the Gwangju Biennale and Housing Question at HKW Berlin.

Photo: The Great Acceleration, 1750–2000. Adapted from The Smithsonian.