Overgrowth Talks #1



7 February

17:00 – 19:00

Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo, Maridalsveien 29, Oslo


Join Overgrowth editors Phineas Harper and Nikolaus Hirsch along with special guests Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Helena Mattsson, Edgar Pieterse and Marianne Skjulhaug 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.

Warm soup
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

Watch the event here.

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.

Marianne Skjulhaug is an architect and associate professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, devoted to urbanism and landscape. She is also vice president in Europan Norway. From 2007 to 2012, Skjulhaug was the Rector of the Bergen School of Architecture.

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.

Phineas Harper is one out of four in the OAT 2019 Curatorial team. He is an architecture critic and designer. He is Deputy Director of think tank, the Architecture Foundation, a columnist for Dezeen and author of A People’s History of Woodcraft Folk. He co-founded the international debating society, Turncoats, with Maria Smith and the New Architecture Writers course for BAME design critics.

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?

Find the e-flux essay series here.
23 October 2018: Angelos Varvarousis og Penny Koutrolikou, "Degrowth and the City"
25 October 2018: Helena Mattson og Catharina Gabrielson, "Pockets and Folds"
27 October 2018: Peter Buchanan, "Reweaving Webs of Relationships"
21 November 2018: Ingerid Helsing Almaas, "No app for that"
23 November 2018: Edgar Pieterse, "Incorporation and Expulsion"
25 November 2018: Ateya Khorakiwala, "Architecture's Scaffolds"
5 February 2019: Ana María Durán Calisto, “For the Persistence of the Indigenous Commune in Amazonia”
11 February 2019: Anna Puigjaner, "Bringing the Kitchen Out of the House"

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

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

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