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

Essay series in collaboration with e-flux Architecture

OAT and the online arts journal ​e-flux Architecture is presenting a series of essays within the context of the OAT 2019 theme, the architecture of degrowth.

The series is titled “Overgrowth”, and explores the challenge of growth-based cities and test bold alternatives for the architecture of a new cultural economy. What can architecture be when buildings are no longer instruments of financial accumulation? What kinds of spaces are built for cultivation, rather than extraction? What materials and technologies will be used when we can no longer afford value engineering? How will the architect of tomorrow will play a meaningful civic role in the creation of new building types, urban morphologies, social habits, and cultural practices? How will cities be formed when it is human and ecological flourishing that matter most?

“Overgrowth” is featuring contributions by Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Peter Buchanan, Ana Maria Durán Calisto, Aileen Aseron Espíritu, Catharina Gabrielsson, Indy Johar, Ateya Khorakiwala, Penny Koutrolikou, Helena Mattsson, Joar Nango, Edgar Pieterse, David Pinder, Anna Puigjaner, Matthias Schuler, Territorial Agency, Anja Thierfelder, Angelos Varvarousis, Daniel A. Barber, Amica Dall, Isabelle Doucet, Karl Otto Ellefsen & Tarald Lundevall, Hélène Frichot & Helen Runting, Sandi Hilal, Stefan Kaegi/Rimini Protokoll, Mill + Jones, n'UNDO​, Joar Nango, Matthias Schuler & Anja Thierfelder, Tamar Shafrir, Kjetil Thorsen, and Steve Webb. The essays was discussed in a series of three workshops in Oslo on 7 February 2019, 28 September 2019, and 6 February 2020.

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"
02 September 2019: Hélène Frichot and Helen Runting. "The Queue"
04 September 2019: Steve Webb, "The Aqueduct"
06 September 2019: Matthias Schuler and Anja Thierfelder, "Five Elements"
10 September 2019: Stefan Kaegi / Rimini Protokoll, "Society under Construction"
12 September 2019: Karl Otto Ellefsen and Tarald Lundevall, "Rural Dilemmas"
19 September 2019: n`UNDO, "UNRENOT Intevention v1.0"
24 September 2019: Isabelle Doucet, "Anticipating Fabulous Futures"

25 September 2019: Sandi Hilal, "The Right to Host"
26 September 2019: Daniel A. Barber, "Emergency Exit"

11 November 2019: Mark Jarzombek, "The Quadrivium Industrial Complex"
13 November 2019: Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, "Good Against Good"
15 November 2019: Mill & Jones, "Exile's Letter"
18 November 2019: Tristan Boniver, "Not Entropy"
21 November 2019: Michael Pawlyn: "Designing for Dynamic Equilibrium"

“Overgrowth” is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Oslo Architecture Triennale within the context of its 2019 edition. The project is supported by the Nordic Culture Fond and the Nordic Culture Point.