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.

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 will challenge the supremacy of economic growth as the basis of contemporary societies and investigate the architecture of alternatives. The chief curators of the Nordic region’s largest architecture festival are inviting architects, urban practitioners and citizens to explore the architecture of a new economy in which human and ecological flourishing matter most – the architecture of Degrowth.

What kind of architecture will we create when buildings are no longer instruments of financial accumulation? What kinds of spaces will we inhabit when cultivation, rather than extraction is the goal? What materials and technologies will we build with when general purpose money no longer allows us to trade a rainforest for a smart city? How will the built environment be realised in an economic system that doesn’t seek to exploit global differences in wage levels, land prices, and environmental legislation? What will our environment look like when it is human and ecological flourishing that matter most?

Through fiction, art and performance, the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale will create a stage for imagining alternative societal structures. Here we look to Degrowth, a movement that seeks to move us away from the stressful, damaging, impossible task of endless growth; not by collapse, but by design. Architects and urban practitioners are in a compelling position to contribute to this spatial and cultural transformation. While we work on the frontline of capitalism, complicit in the property industry, many of us are not motivated by material wealth at all but rather by social, cultural and artistic values. These values speak to architecture’s agency to build belonging; to create the spaces that shape us and cultivate our relationships to each other and the planet we inhabit.

Find the full OAT 2019 Curatorial statement here.

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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.