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

09:30 - 19 November, 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

The world faces some significant challenges. The UN climate change report released last month, 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.

According to the curators of the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale, our economic and climate-related challenges (and perhaps more challenges besides) are underpinned by a single unifying cause: the expectation for continuous economic growth. With their theme for next year’s Triennale, they highlight the concept of “degrowth,” a growing movement to overturn our economic assumptions and establish a managed contraction of our economies and resource consumption, with the eventual goal that society will become calmer, less focused on productivity, and more focused on quality of life. And, as they see it, the architects of this retooled society could be—well, architects.

Scandinavian Spaceship / Kvistad Design Studio

02:00 - 11 November, 2018
Scandinavian Spaceship / Kvistad Design Studio, © Lasse Fløde
© Lasse Fløde

© Lasse Fløde © Lasse Fløde © Lasse Fløde © Lasse Fløde + 33

OAT 2019 Open call: The Architecture of Degrowth

04:30 - 30 October, 2018
OAT 2019 Open call: The Architecture of Degrowth, Emily Allchurch, Grand Tour: In Search of Soane (after Gandy), 2012.
Emily Allchurch, Grand Tour: In Search of Soane (after Gandy), 2012.

The engine of contemporary architectural production, and the basis of societies around the world, is economic growth. Global political orthodoxy declares GDP growth is always good; that more is more. Throughout the last two centuries increased economic growth brought with it many measures of prosperity, but for many decades now the limits to growth have been visible on the horizon. Social equity, health and wellbeing, quality of life, happiness and other non-monetary measures of success are faltering while resource extraction, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and toxicity, temperatures, sea levels, extreme weather, and many such indicators of climate breakdown make clear daily that the time of this worldview is running out.

Sentralen / Atelier Oslo + KIMA Arkitektur

01:00 - 19 September, 2018
Sentralen / Atelier Oslo + KIMA Arkitektur, © Lars Petter Pettersen
© Lars Petter Pettersen

© Lars Petter Pettersen © Lars Petter Pettersen © Lars Petter Pettersen © Lars Petter Pettersen + 44

Snøhetta's "A House to Die In" Blocked by Oslo Councilors

12:00 - 24 August, 2018
Snøhetta's "A House to Die In" Blocked by Oslo Councilors, Rendering of proposed design for A House to Die In, as seen ascending the hill. Image © MIR and Snøhetta
Rendering of proposed design for A House to Die In, as seen ascending the hill. Image © MIR and Snøhetta

Oslo councilors have voted to halt the Snøhetta-designed “A House to Die In,” located in the grounds of painter Edward Munch’s former house and workshop in western Oslo. The recent vote, reported by Norwegian newspaper The Local would appear to put an end to the 8-year collaborative process between Snøhetta and Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard.

A House to Die In has become the most controversial building proposal in recent Norwegian history, due to its architectural form and how it honors the legacy of one of Norway’s most famous artists.

Oslo's Holocaust Center Reappropriates Former Norwegian Nazi Building

06:00 - 28 May, 2018
Oslo's Holocaust Center Reappropriates Former Norwegian Nazi Building, Exterior Visualization. Image Courtesy of Transborder Studio
Exterior Visualization. Image Courtesy of Transborder Studio

Transborder has announced their estimated completion date of 2020 for the extension to Oslo's Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The building, Villa Grande, was once the residence of the leader of the Norwegian Nazi Party during the invasion years. "This faceted legacy where important contributions to the appearance of the villa arose from a dark and hateful ideology, demanded a critical adaptation of the extension where one had to have a conscious attitude to historical layers of the building."

Reflective Pool. Image Courtesy of Transborder Studio Rooftop Garden. Image Courtesy of Transborder Studio Courtesy of Transborder Studio Section. Image Courtesy of Transborder Studio + 12

C.F. Møller Architects, Kristin Jarmund Architects and Rodeo Architects Propose Urban Realm in the Center of Oslo

12:00 - 21 May, 2018
C.F. Møller Architects, Kristin Jarmund Architects and Rodeo Architects Propose Urban Realm in the Center of Oslo, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects
Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

C.F. Møller Architects have collaborated with Kristin Jarmund Architects and Rodeo Architects in the design of a new urban realm at Oslo Central Station in Norway, comprising a square, hotel, and high-rise building. The scheme seeks to create an attractive recreational area around the transport hub, connecting different areas and terrain differences in an organized, efficient flow.

The latest scheme represents a further development of a proposal by C.F. Møller Architects and Kristin Jarmund Architects for the area in a prequalified architectural competition in 2009.

Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects + 4

Competition-Winning Students Design and Build Pavilions for Remote Chinese School

14:25 - 16 March, 2018
Competition-Winning Students Design and Build Pavilions for Remote Chinese School, © Jakub Andrzejewski
© Jakub Andrzejewski

For students of architecture, few things are as thrilling as seeing one of their designs physically built. For a group of Polish and Norwegian-based students, this dream has become a reality.

Having won the 120 Hours student competition in 2017, the Warsaw University of Technology team behind the “In ‘n’ Out Village” winning proposal has combined with students at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design to realize the design, constructing 19 pavilions in a Chinese schoolyard.

© Jakub Andrzejewski © Jakub Andrzejewski Courtesy of PR 120 Hours Courtesy of PR 120 Hours + 20

Electric Planes and Driverless Cars: Plans Unveiled for World's First Energy-Positive City Airport

14:00 - 8 March, 2018
Electric Planes and Driverless Cars: Plans Unveiled for World's First Energy-Positive City Airport, Courtesy of Forbes Massie
Courtesy of Forbes Massie

In an era defined by globalization, and ‘speed-driven economies,’ urban environments are becoming more entwined with airports, giving rise to an architectural phenomenon of the ‘Aerotropolis’ across the world. In Oslo, Norwegian firms Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture have aimed higher, seeking to design the world’s first energy-positive airport city for the Norwegian capital.

Courtesy of Forbes Massie Courtesy of Haptic Architects Courtesy of Forbes Massie Courtesy of Forbes Massie + 9

House of Many-Worlds / Austigard Arkitektur

03:00 - 6 March, 2018
House of Many-Worlds / Austigard Arkitektur, © Ivan Brodey
© Ivan Brodey

© Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Kaia Brænne © Ivan Brodey + 19

Snøhetta's "A House to Die In" Goes Up for Public Display as the Project Faces Approval Battle

16:15 - 5 February, 2018
Snøhetta's "A House to Die In" Goes Up for Public Display as the Project Faces Approval Battle, © MIR and Snøhetta
© MIR and Snøhetta

The result of an 8 year collaborative process between Snøhetta and Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, “A House to Die In,” is now on display at a new exhibition Tjuvholmen in Oslo, Norway.

Organized by the architects and artist with Selvaag Art Collection, the exhibition shows the artistic process of designing the unique home and studio that is currently seeking approval for its construction. To be located on the grounds of painter Edward Munch’s former house and workshop in western Oslo, the sculptural proposal has prompted discussion over how it honors the legacy of one of Norway’s most famous artists.

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and C.F. Møller Win Competition for Mixed-Use Tower at Oslo Central Rail Station

16:00 - 24 January, 2018
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and C.F. Møller Win Competition for Mixed-Use Tower at Oslo Central Rail Station, © RRA + CFMøller
© RRA + CFMøller

The team led by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, in collaboration with C.F Møller Arkitekter, Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Baugrundinstitut Franke-Meißner und Partner, GMBH and Transsolar Climate Engineering, has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a master plan and mixed-use tower for the central rail station in Oslo, Norway.

Known as Nordic Light, the winning proposal was lauded by the jury for best responding to the site and program’s unique challenges, and for its dedication toward sustainable architecture. Nordic Light was chosen as the unanimous winner over proposals from BIG, Ingenhoven Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton.

© RRA + CFMøller © RRA + CFMøller © RRA + CFMøller © RRA + CFMøller + 9

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Reveal New Campus for Norway’s Largest Geotechnical Specialist Community

14:00 - 18 January, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Reveal New Campus for Norway’s Largest Geotechnical Specialist Community, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has revealed the design of a new campus complex for the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway’s largest geotechnical specialist community, to be built in Northern Oslo.

The 30,000-square-meter (323,000-square-foot) complex will be comprised of two new buildings linked by a common entrance podium and a series of elevated walk- and bikeways. Aimed at housing up to 300 new employees, the NGI is envisioned as a new “knowledge axis” that will spawn increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the coming years.

Atrium View. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Sketch. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Site Plan. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Section. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects + 10

Oslo's Barcode Project Showcased in Stunning Photo Series by Rainer Taepper

09:30 - 1 January, 2018
© Rainer Taepper
© Rainer Taepper

Situated behind Snøhetta's iconic Oslo Opera House is another set of buildings which mark out Oslo as a cutting-edge architectural hub. The Barcode Project is a masterplanning project consisting of a row multi-purpose high-rise buildings which largely make up the skyline of Oslo. Each of the buildings is the creation of different combinations of European architecture firms; however, together they form an enticing composition with the gaps between them creating the impression of a barcode—hence the project’s clever nickname.

Each of the resulting buildings pushes the idea of what a high-rise building can be. Whether they take the form of a giant staircase or resemble a 3D version of Tetris, each of the buildings has its own peculiarities. The firms involved in the project included Dark Arkitekter, A-lab, MVRDV, and Snøhetta adding their stamp on the architecture of Oslo. Read on to see German architectural photographer Rainer Taepper’s stunning set of photographs on the Barcode Project.

© Rainer Taepper © Rainer Taepper © Rainer Taepper © Rainer Taepper + 45

Rust House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

10:00 - 23 December, 2017
Rust House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale + 17

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.”

Oslo Architecture Triennale Curator Shortlist Announced

12:00 - 25 November, 2017
Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen
Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen

This fall, the Oslo Architecture Triennale had an open call for its 2019 curator. Now, they have announced the five proposals which have been shortlisted for 2017. Upon reading their bios below, you will quickly see the amount of multidisciplinary work each of the shortlisted teams is composed of, including architects, curators, writers, and various other thought-leaders.

OAT2016 | OnResidence. Image Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen OAT2016 | InResidence. Image Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen OAT2016 | New World Embassy / Rojava. Image Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen + 4

Schweigaardsgate 21 + 23 / Lund+Slaatto Architects

11:00 - 24 November, 2017
Schweigaardsgate 21 + 23 / Lund+Slaatto Architects, Courtesy of Lund+Slaatto Architects
Courtesy of Lund+Slaatto Architects

Courtesy of Lund+Slaatto Architects Courtesy of Lund+Slaatto Architects © Espen Gees Courtesy of Lund+Slaatto Architects + 43