Neighbourhood stories

In 2021, Oslo Architecture Triennale has invited five emerging creatives to develop projects and bring forward their perspectives on the 2022 Triennale theme neighbourhood. The projects will be presented in a short film series named Neighbourhood Stories.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale is one of the 28 members of the Future Architecture Platform, an EU-funded platform of European architecture museums, festivals and producers that aims to bring ideas about the future of cities and architecture closer to the wider public – among other projects, through a yearly Call for Ideas.

In 2021, Oslo Architecture Triennale has invited five emerging creatives to develop projects and bring forward their perspectives on the 2022 Triennale theme neighbourhood. The projects will be presented in a short film series named Neighbourhood Stories.

The creatives are invited to develop short films addressing specific aspects of a case study on a neighborhood scale from their own cities. Notions of sharing, community, sustainability, diversity and inclusion have been central to the research. The four projects bring forward a plurality of perspectives and insights, which contribute to open the discussion on various neighbourhood cultures, as well as build up to the research process towards the upcoming Oslo Architecture Triennale.

The four projects selected for the film series Neighbourhood Stories are «Dining with Las Sambucas», «Bonding Humanity Perhaps Manifesto», «4.6 km» og «Madrid North»:


Dining with Las Sambucas - by Cocinas Alterinas (Mayar El Bakry and Gabriela Aquije Zegarra)

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Dinning with las Sambucas. Mixed media collage by Cocinas Alterinas.

Invited by the Elder Tree, four women from Peru, Egypt, and Venezuela sourced and cooked within Germany. They gathered around the dinner table and discussed their practices, cooking heritage, and geographies in relation to the Elder Tree's shared wisdom. This food ritual is a celebration of collaboration, ecological resistance, and joy.

Mayar El Bakry is a Swiss-Egyptian designer based in Zurich. Currently, she’s focusing on food and cooking as means to create spaces of discourses, exchange and communal reflection. Gabriela Aquije Zegarra is a Landscape Architect and Design researcher from Lima, Peru, based in Germany. The plural landscapes of Food Systems, their politics and ecologies, are the framework of her critical design practice. Together they founded Cocinas Alterinas, a project that explores food as a means to reflect and meditate on plural visions of design.


Bonding Humanity Perhaps Manifesto - by Nina Bačum

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And Love Has Vanished, 1961 (original title: Dvoje) directed by Aleksandar Petrović used with the permission of the owner of the rights Avala Film Way, Belgrade.

“Bonding Humanity Perhaps Manifesto” is created by deliberately rearranging, reorganizing and juxtaposing fragments from the New Yugoslav Film and its cinematic heritage related to the (inter)action between collective spaces and their usage, where personal, social and political contexts intersect into a dialogic, narrative form.

Nina Bačun acts in the domain of speculative design; visual communications; exhibition design; set design and self-initiated concepts. She is devoted to teamwork, working within Oaza* collective, with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. After finishing School of Design at The University of Architecture in Zagreb 2007; where she entered doctoral studies in 2020, in 2011 she obtained an MA degree in Experience Design at the Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.


4.6 km - by Alexander Auris

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Brussels 4.6 km. Auris, Alexander. Source: Google maps. 10 August 2021.

Queerness is a human condition. By sharing a walk in the city with queer people that live in Brussels, we will discuss the neighborhoods that we cross, the impact of the public space in the way we act and explore the different temporalities of the queer spaces. The trajectory is 4.6 km long and passes by the center of Brussels where a theater, a church, a gay bar, and a park are located.

Alexander Auris (he/him) is a Peruvian architect based in Brussels since 2018. He has developed restoration and museography projects in Lima and currently works on urban projects in Brussels. His academic research objectives have an intersectional point of view, while his interests are the relations between social movements and space. His current research Queer Commons proposes a theoretical framework for the analysis of queerness in the built environment and aims to create alternative narratives of the cities we inhabit.


North Madrid - by Carlos Higinio Esteban

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Photo: Carlos Higinio Esteban, Kodak Film BN, Madrid 2003.

Two Kodak 35mm rolls from twenty years ago. A city under construction. Wide horizons, high skies. Newly planned streets. No trees, no people and no cars. What these places will be like today? Do such places still exist so that an image from twenty years ago can be physically recovered?

Carlos Higinio Esteban [Carlos Cartama] is a Spanish architect based in Madrid. He is the author of many urban requalification projects, and has worked on several large‐scale urban projects. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he has received several scholarships and awards. He has just finished the film UNIDAD VECINAL about the creation of the new peripheral neighborhoods of the city in the 70s and specifically the ELVIÑA neighborhood.

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