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Monocle 24 Reports From the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging

04:00 - 21 September, 2016
Monocle 24 Reports From the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, After Belonging – 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. Image © David Jiménez Iniesta, Ma Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre, Javier Jiménez Iniesta (Studio Animal)
After Belonging – 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. Image © David Jiménez Iniesta, Ma Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre, Javier Jiménez Iniesta (Studio Animal)

In the latest edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, Henry Rees-Sheridan visits Oslo to speak to Hanna Dencik Petersson, Director of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Ignacio González Galán – two members of its curatorial team, the After Belonging Agency. The show explores the concept behind the exhibitions of the Triennale, what it means to be located in Norway's capital, and how the event's trajectory is both a symptom and cause of Oslo’s development as a design city. ArchDaily's James Taylor-Foster weighs in on After Belonging's significance.

SPOL Architects Receives Approval for Oval-Shaped Hotel Near Oslo Airport

08:00 - 18 September, 2016
SPOL Architects Receives Approval for Oval-Shaped Hotel Near Oslo Airport, Courtesy of SPOL Architects
Courtesy of SPOL Architects

SPOL Architects’ First Hotel OSL, a hotel near the newly extended Oslo Airport, has received planning approval after a unanimous vote in the Jessheim City Council. Designed to be a destination in itself, the hotel will be an environmentally friendly oval shape, featuring 300 rooms and a large atrium for sports activities. 

Atelier Bow-Wow, OMA, and Amale Andraos Live From the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale

16:00 - 14 September, 2016
Atelier Bow-Wow, OMA, and Amale Andraos Live From the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, The After Belonging Agency: Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Ignacio Galán, Alejandra Navarrese Llopis, Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco and Marina Otero Verzier. Image Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale
The After Belonging Agency: Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Ignacio Galán, Alejandra Navarrese Llopis, Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco and Marina Otero Verzier. Image Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale

“Belonging,” the curatorial quintet of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, argue, “is no longer something bound to one’s own space of residence, or to the territory of a nation.” For this group of Spanish-born architects, academics and theorists—Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio Galán, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrese Llopis and Marina Otero Verzier—the very notion of our belongings and what it means to belong is becoming increasingly unstable.

Three Nordic Refractions: After Belonging Agency Discuss the Theme of the 2016 Oslo Trienniale

04:00 - 12 August, 2016
Three Nordic Refractions: After Belonging Agency Discuss the Theme of the 2016 Oslo Trienniale, The main installation of the 2016 Nordic Pavilion as "discourse machine". Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The main installation of the 2016 Nordic Pavilion as "discourse machine". Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

In May 2016, the After Belonging Agency discussed the theme of the forthcoming Oslo Architecture Triennale—entitled After Belonging: a Triennale In-Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay In-Transit—as part of In Therapy, the exhibition of the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The hour-long discussion, which also includes presentations by Shumi Bose and Füsun Türetken, begins with an in-depth description of how the Triennale intends to focus on the future challenges of migration by investigating how cities and architecture can react to large groups of people moving and resettling.

Submerged Floating Tunnels May Be the Solution to Crossing Norway's Treacherous Fjords

16:30 - 26 July, 2016
Submerged Floating Tunnels May Be the Solution to Crossing Norway's Treacherous Fjords, via Norwegian Public Roads Administration
via Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Norway’s Public Roads Administration have begun conducting feasibility studies on the installation of what would be the world’s first floating underwater tunnel system. Norway is famous for its fjords, whose incredible depths make traditional bridge building a costly headache. Instead, the most common way to traverse them is through the use of ferries, a system that is both slow and subject to harsh weather conditions. As a result, engineers began looking for a new solution.

Video: Ascend the Ziggurat in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 27 June, 2016
Video: Ascend the Ziggurat in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, "In Therapy" at the Nordic Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
"In Therapy" at the Nordic Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

In this film, Jesús Granada visits the Nordic Pavilion, “In Therapy”, at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The video presents a series of measured stills in 4K resolution which introduce the central installation of the exhibition—a stepped pyramid, or ziggurat—and its series of reflective "rooms without walls." The pavilion itself, which was completed in 1969, was designed by Sverre Fehn to partially reflect and concretize certain ideas about Nordic society and its architecture – including a sense of openness. This year, therefore, the pavilion has been orchestrated as an extension of the public space of the Giardini.

Video: Reiulf Ramstad Explains "The Nordic Way of Building"

10:00 - 21 June, 2016
Video: Reiulf Ramstad Explains "The Nordic Way of Building", National Tourist Route Trollstigen / Reiulf Ramstad Architects + Oslo Norway . Image Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
National Tourist Route Trollstigen / Reiulf Ramstad Architects + Oslo Norway . Image Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

“We believe that architecture makes sense when it’s anchored in the locales where it’s built, and the people who are going to use it. That’s why I’m not so occupied with the zeitgeist of architecture.”

In Therapy: Inside the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:15 - 31 May, 2016
In Therapy: Inside the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, The central installation (the pyramid) is encloses, but does not hide, the three remaining original trees inside the pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The central installation (the pyramid) is encloses, but does not hide, the three remaining original trees inside the pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Oslo Architecture Triennale Announces Program and Participants for 2016 Event

14:30 - 24 May, 2016
Oslo Architecture Triennale Announces Program and Participants for 2016 Event, Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale
Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale

The Oslo Architecture Triennale has announced the program and participants for this year's sixth edition of the event, titled After Belonging, which will open in September of this year. Participants will contribute to two exhibitions, occurring alongside a conference, and collateral events, taking place September 8-November 27, 2016.

After Belonging Agency Announce Conference Speakers for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale

07:00 - 25 April, 2016
After Belonging Agency Announce Conference Speakers for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, Torshov Transittmottak is one of the sites selected for the Open Call for Intervention Strategies. Fazel has spent the last five years in a reception center, waiting for his application to be processed. He says it feels like his living in a prison. - I feel I am being treated like an animal, he says. Fazel's hope is to get a positive answer from the Norwegian immigration authorities. Image © Javad Parsa
Torshov Transittmottak is one of the sites selected for the Open Call for Intervention Strategies. Fazel has spent the last five years in a reception center, waiting for his application to be processed. He says it feels like his living in a prison. - I feel I am being treated like an animal, he says. Fazel's hope is to get a positive answer from the Norwegian immigration authorities. Image © Javad Parsa

The After Belonging Agency, the curatorial team behind the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT), have revealed sixteen speakers who will present at the event's central conference at the Oslo Opera House this coming September. Atelier Bow-Wow, Snøhetta alongside a number of other academics, practitioners and decision-makers will come together to "address architecture’s relation to current pressing questions such as refugeeism, migration and homelessness, new mediated forms of domesticity and foreignness, environmental displacements, tourism, and the technologies and economies of sharing."

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