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Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

26 September 2019–24 November 2019

The National Museum – Architecture

Degrowth and its relevance to architecture

OAT 2019 will challenge the supremacy of economic growth as the basis of contemporary societies and investigate alternatives. The festival will explore the architecture of a new economy in which human and ecological flourishing matter most – the Architecture of Degrowth.

The 2019 Chief Curators are Interrobang, a trans-disciplinary architecture and engineering practice based in London. The team consists of British architect and writer Maria Smith; Canadian architect and educator Matthew Dalziel; British critic Phineas Harper; and Norwegian urban researcher and artist Cecilie Sachs Olsen.

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.

In this interview, two of the curators talk about how they define Degrowth from an architect’s point of view, and how the movement might affect architectural practice. 

About Oslo architecture triennale

Oslo Architecture Triennale is the Nordic region's main architecture festival and a global arena for tackling architectural and urban challenges. Through exhibitions, conferences, debates, competitions, publications and events across different formats and media, OAT seeks to challenge the field of architecture, engage the public and inspire local, Nordic and international debates concerning architecture and urbanism. The main target groups of OAT include the citizens and users of the city, decision makers, professionals and international guests. Read more here.

The National Museum – Architecture will host the main exhibition as well as a series of events during the Triennale.


Nina Frang Høyum
Project manager

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