The Oslo Architecture Triennial returns in 2022 with Mission Neighborhood
Promotion: the Oslo Architecture Triennale will return in September 2022 with “Mission Neighbourhood”, a program exploring how to create diverse, inclusive and sustainable urban development.
The 8th Oslo Architecture Triennial will take place from September 22 to October 30 at the Old Munch Museum and other venues in Oslo.
Led and organized by Christian Pagh, it aims to bring together professionals and citizens to imagine ways to build fair and prosperous neighborhoods.
“The current development of the city clearly shows that we need to find a new understanding and a new approach to how to build and develop neighborhoods,” Pagh said. “Where else can Nordic cities be the model for better, more sustainable and social neighborhoods?”
“How can Oslo meet these expectations? ” He continued. “Mission Neighborhood goes beyond criticism and represents an optimistic call to action.”
At the heart of the program is the Oslo Neighborhood Lab, which will take over the Old Munch Museum and transform it into an alternative exhibition space and festival hub, housing three of the Triennale’s key exhibits.
Neighborhood Mission: (Re)Shaping Communities will include direct commissions, selections from the Triennale’s International Open Call, artistic interventions and student projects, all addressing the challenge of how to form more diverse, more generous and more durable.
The exhibition Peter Cook: City Landscapes will feature the designs of Peter Cook, whose colorful architectural designs suggested visionary new ways of shaping cities, buildings and landscapes.
And Oslo in the Making will examine “the state of neighborhood thinking and action” in the Norwegian capital with an overview of ongoing projects, including an analysis of proposals for the development of Grønlikaia.
The Neighborhood Lab will also host talks, workshops, talks, socials, concerts and a pop-up cafe run by Forandringshuset, a social enterprise helping young people.
Elsewhere around Oslo, the National Museum, one of the main partners of the Triennale, will host the exhibition Architecture: Coming Into Community. Here the focus will be on who has been included and excluded from urban development, with queer and feminist perspectives contributing to the discourse.
The exhibition will include an installation by Swedish art and architecture collective MYCKET. It will transform part of the museum into a queer and playful place and is based on the group’s research on queer spaces and the architecture of nightclubs.
Meanwhile, the ROM Arts Venue will host Betraktninger = Observations, Dialogues and Actions, which will present 15 artistic responses to the idea of neighborhood. Many projects are based in the neighborhood around ROM, Maridalsveien, while others focus on other parts of the city.
A key educational event is the Triennial Academy of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, which will bring together students and staff from Oslo’s European Schools to discuss with the festival’s curatorial team on the theme “( RE)acting/(EN)acting: Collective dissidence, reconquest of the neighborhood”.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has clarified the importance of the neighborhood, as well as significant inequalities in access to neighborhood qualities,” Pagh said in his curatorial statement. “The Triennale aims to bring ideas, insights and proposals for action that can help build more quality neighborhoods for as many people as possible.”
The Oslo Architecture Triennale runs from September 22 to October 30, 2022. Check the Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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