Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

26 Sept – 24 Nov 2019

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

The theme for OAT 2019 builds on the acknowledgement of a need to revise the pace and scale of extraction, production, consumption, development, and building that has driven the growth of industrialized societies and economies throughout the 20th century.

OAT 2019 will propose, critique and imagine the buildings, spaces and culture of a new economic paradigm in which human and ecological flourishing matter most. The festival will search for alternatives to the supremacy of economic growth and propose the architecture of this new economy – the architecture of Degrowth.

The Core Programme of the Triennale rest on six stands: An exhibition, a performatory platform and public space installation, an international conference, an international academic forum, a publication and a digital essay series. In their concept proposal for OAT 2019, the Curators wish to exploit the various stands' possibilities of reaching out to and involving the Triennale's audience in exploring, investigating, considering and perhaps accepting non-growth-based strategies for planning and building our societies and cities in the future.

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. Their proposal was selected among 71 submissions to an open Call for Curator:

Jury Statement
«The proposal addresses a tendency which has been on the rise in the last decade. Degrowth is gaining ground in social and economic contexts, and it is time for architectural practice and discourse to position itself and consider the possible consequences for the profession. With this concept, the Triennale could be a platform to establish an understanding of a potential architecture of degrowth: defining it, questioning it and challenging both architects, architecture commissioners and decision makers to develop new strategies for building, planning, evolving and adapting our built environments based on non-growth development,» the Jury states.

The Jury believes the proposal has an interesting way of connecting to Oslo and the local context:

«The proposal can also be read as a challenge to the city of Oslo, to open itself up to the ideas and ideals of alternative ways of development and to explore its potential ramifications in what may be seen as a collective pursuit towards a more climate conscious local and global future.»

Read the full Jury Statement. Read more about the curators here.