OAT Autumn Programme 2018

We are warming up for Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) 2019 with a pre-programme in the autumn that will explore the theme of OAT 2019, the Architecture of Degrowth.

The OAT 2019 will challenge the supremacy of economic growth as the basis of contemporary societies and investigate the architecture of alternatives. The festival will explore social and spatial structures in which human and ecological flourishing matter most: The Architecture of Degrowth.

The 2019 Chief Curators are Interrobang, a trans-disciplinary architecture and engineering practice based in London. The team consists of British architect and writer Maria Smith; Canadian architect and educator Matthew Dalziel; British critic Phineas Harper; and Norwegian urban researcher and artist Cecilie Sachs Olsen. The OAT 2019 curators have a shared interest in turning architectural discourse on its head, and they have headed nume­rous projects operating at the intersection of architecture, art, politics and performance.

OAT’s autumn programme 2018 will test ideas, research questions and formats related to next year’s Triennale theme, with a wide range of voices from inside and outside the field of architecture:

Audio walks at Arendalsuka | 14–15 August

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The OAT Autumn program 2018 is all about testing ideas and formats related to next year’s Triennale theme, degrowth. This was the case for OAT and the art collective zURBS’ visit to Arendalsuka, the great annual public political gathering in Norway in mid-August. Get a glimpse here.

More is More - Turncoats Debate at Oslo Urban Arena | 19 September

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At this year’s Oslo Urban Arena conference, OAT hosts a novel debate format to be presented in Norway for the first time: Turncoats. Turncoats is a provocative global debating society 'turning public discourse on its head, shaking and serving over ice. It is off the record, offline and riddled with devil’s advocates hiding in plain sight'. Read more.

Open Lecture: Peter Buchanan at the Architects' House | 18 October

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Open lecture by architectural writer, critic, consultant and curator Peter Buchanan followed by a conversation with OAT 2019 Chief Curators. Buchanan is widely known for the critical essay series “The Big Rethink” in The Architectural Review. The session is organized by OAT in collaboration with Oslo Association of Architects and The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) – Institute of Architecture. Read more.

Fireside Debate at the Oslo Association of Architects | 25 October


The OAT 2019 Chief Curator team will join the Oslo Association of Architects (OAF) and its members for a conversation about the purpose, responsibility and potential of architectural exhibitions and their contribution to the practice and discourse of architecture. We will share wisdom, exchange thoughts and initiate a discussion on the relevance of cultural programming in architecture. The session will be hosted by OAF and held in an informal setting. Read more.

Essay series and workshop in collaboration with e-flux Architecture | Autumn 2018

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Over the next year, OAT is presenting a series of essays on architecture and degrowth in partnership with the online arts journal e-flux Architecture. The series is titled “Overgrowth”, and the first batch of essays will be discussed in a Nordic workshop in February 2019. Read more.

Student course at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design | Autumn 2018


The student course “Being Tectonic” is an elective research group that will join the curators of the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale to explore the role of architecture in re-establishing our relationships with one another through the physical and finite worlds we create and inhabit. Tectonic culture as understood in architectural discourse is the art of establishing connections between building elements. Humans and objects alike have tectonic relationships with one another governed by the dynamics between them. Our sense of being and belonging with one another the companion to material tectonics governed by the ways we share the spaces we inhabit. The research will be documented in a publication that will form a part of the evidence base for the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale. Read more.

Photos: Arendalsuka / Mona Hauglid, AHO / Thomas Johannessen, Creative Commons.