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Degrowth: the Radical (Re)Action Needed to Avoid Total Economic and Environmental Collapse

07:00 - 20 December, 2018
Degrowth: the Radical (Re)Action Needed to Avoid Total Economic and Environmental Collapse, Courtesy of Otherothers. ImageOtherothers' installation at the 2015 Chicago Biennial looked at the impact of the standard suburban Australian home. Their installation proposed a shrinkage of the typology's spatial impact
Courtesy of Otherothers. ImageOtherothers' installation at the 2015 Chicago Biennial looked at the impact of the standard suburban Australian home. Their installation proposed a shrinkage of the typology's spatial impact

ArchDaily is happy to announce our Media Partnership with @Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019! Throughout 2019 we will be sharing stories, interviews, and content related to the Triennale, which this year revolves around the theme of Degrowth. The interview below introduces Degrowth in the context of practice today - and hints at how this radical idea could irreversibly change how we value architectural production.

The world faces some significant challenges. The UN climate change report, which explained that we may have just 12 years and need “unprecedented changes” to avoid devastating effects from climate change, was released into a world that seemed to be plenty busy processing other things, such as rising economic inequality, increasingly partisan politics, escalating conflicts, and refugee crises, to name a few.

Winning Team Selected to Curate 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale

16:00 - 19 December, 2017
Winning Team Selected to Curate 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale , Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale
Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale

The Oslo Architecture Triennale has announced the winner of the open call for Chief Curator of their 2019 event: Architecture and Engineering practice Interrobang (Maria Smith and Matthew Dalziel), with critic Phineas Harper and urban researcher Cecilie Sachs Olsen.

The winning team’s proposal, entitled Common Futures, seeks to acknowledge and investigate the “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.”

"Why Do Women Really Leave Architecture" Is the Wrong Question

09:30 - 20 February, 2014
"Why Do Women Really Leave Architecture" Is the Wrong Question, Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo's Francine Houben was named Architect Journal's Woman Architect of the Year. Image © Christian Richters
Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo's Francine Houben was named Architect Journal's Woman Architect of the Year. Image © Christian Richters

Maria Smith, shortlisted for The Architect's Journal's Emerging Woman Architect of the Year, has just published an article in The Architectural Review titled "Why do Women Really Leave Architecture?" - an article that, like many over the last year, attempts to tackle the tricky question of why women (who make up over 40% of architecture students in the US but only 23% of the profession) leave architecture. For the first few paragraphs, I was nodding in agreement, eagerly reading something that - finally - promised to offer a different perspective on the "women in architecture" question.

Unfortunately, a few paragraphs later, all that promise falls terribly flat. Smith spends a good amount of time setting up a fabulous argument, and then - disappointingly - falls into the very traps she was hoping to break wide open. By the article's conclusion, I was less satisfied than when I started, wondering: is this even the right question we should be asking?