Venues

Institutions of Degrowth

Inspired by the old venues of Oslo, the core programme of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 will inhabit and transform robust existing building fabric to create new institutions of Degrowth: the library, the theatre, the playground, and the academy.

The venues of the core programme tell a story of a city lived in. A 19th century bank repurposed as a museum and extended with a modernist glass and concrete pavilion; two old power stations, adjusted and extended into the 20th century and eventually transformed into a design policy think tank and a school of architecture and design— new kinds of transformation stations; and a car garage, wedged into an acute triangle, reaching out and plunging downward as though it were holding the city back from slipping into the river valley below. These spaces represent an old way of being in the city, when the life of buildings was an open-ended tale of adjustment and inhabitation. By contrast, today the average lifespan of a skyscraper in Manhattan is 30 years as the pursuit of economic growth incentivises often ill-fated speculative development and crass gentrification. Looking to a future architecture of Degrowth, we may learn something from the old, awkward and adventurous characters of our cities.

When over determined, architecture creates fixed and brittle ideas about how life in the city should be lead. In that prescriptive city, our culture is also prescribed; our cultural venues become spaces of passive viewing where an exhibition is browsed like the latest collection in a fashion boutique. In that city we are constricted; locked in, unable to reappropriate our precious resources to build a better future.

Inspired by the old venues of Oslo, the core programme of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 will inhabit and transform robust existing building fabric to create new institutions of Degrowth: the library, the theatre, the playground, and the academy.

The Library celebrates sharing, de-commodification, and democratisation of goods and idea in a welcoming heart of a community.

The Theatre reveals the constructed-ness of our world that invites participants to question reality and actively explore generating alternatives.

The Playground initiates a deeper game of exploring and listening to the city reclaiming the streets as a site of joyful and thoughtful experimentation.

The Academy offers a platform for discussion and research to battle injustice and extraction.

Read more about the OAT 2019 core programme venues here: