Oslo Architectural Triennale 2019: “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth”.
During the recently opened Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 The National Museum – Architecture has been transformed into a library presenting over 80 ideas and projects that explore alternatives to growth in today’s urban development in the form of installations, books, drawings, board games, models and films, both inside and outside the museum. Oslo Architecture Trienniale is the largest architecture festival in the Nordic countries, and one of the world’s most important meeting places for discussion of architecture and urban development. The National Museum – Architecture will be the venue for both the main exhibition and a series of events during the Triennial.
One of the contributers at the National Museum –Architecture´s installation is Yujia Bian, a researcher in landscape, architecture and art based in Brooklyn NY. The project is titled ARCHITECTURE and Yuija Bian explains: – For the designers of buildings, de-growth requires abandoning the idea of a final, pristine work of architecture. This ideal is perpetuated by the growth project and has driven excessive resource use at environmental cost. Like a bar of soap, de-growth architecture lasts only a moment before it transforms under the use of many hands.
As a bar of soap, ARCHITECTURE is a communal resource for Triennale visitors to clean themselves. It also stands as a symbol for architecture; a coming together of materials in concrete form that facilitates social processes.
During the course of the Triennale, ARCHITECTURE will lose its rigid form as it is used. Its fixed appearance will erode through use as it is moulded by the hands that touch it; a record of the material sociability inherent in its structure and function. ARCHITECTURE pays attention to the material flows that sustain collective hygiene, while encouraging visitors to think about architecture as a social entity that evolves beyond its original form.
The Oslo Architectural Triennale 2019 lasts until November 24.