“What is architecture’s role in the contemporary reconfiguration of belonging? How has this process transformed the notion of residence? What are the spatial, technical, and sociopolitical consequences of this transformation? Where do we belong? [In] relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?” These are the questions that this year’s Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) conference After Belonging hopes to address.
Amale Andraos will speak at the event (Courtesy Raymond Adams)
The conference will host sixteen guest speakers who will all contribute with different approaches to the questions outlined (above). It will also address questions surrounding refugees, migration, homelessness; new mediated forms of domesticity and foreignness; environmental displacements; tourism; and the technologies and economies of sharing.
This year’s speakers include: Amale Andraos – Work Architecture Company, Columbia GSAPP; Atelier Bow-Wow; Negar Azimi – Bidoun; Simen Svale Skogsrud and Even Westvang – Bengler; Gro Bonesmo – Space Group, Oslo School of Architecture and Design; Grete Brochman – University of Oslo; Thomas Hylland Eriksen; Per Heggenes – IKEA Foundation; Juan Herreros – Estudio Herreros; Yasmeen Lari – Heritage Foundation of Pakistan; Reinhold Martin – Buell Center for American Architecture, Columbia GSAPP; Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli – OMA; Snøhetta; TYIN Tegnestue Architects; Ann-Sofi Rönnskog and John Palmesino – Territorial Agency and Eyal Weizman – Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths
Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (Courtesy Fred Ernst, OMA)
The Trienniale divides the theme of After Belonging into two parts: the first, On Residence, will “collectively analyze the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence.”
Meanwhile, In Residence, will see “international architects and professionals concerned with the built environment… engage in local collaborations in Oslo, the Nordic region, and around the globe, to intervene in the transformation of residence.”
Other agendas for the event are set to focus on “global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity—a crisis of belonging.” The Triennale will also ask: “How can different agents involved in the built environment address the ways we stay in transit? How can architects intervene in the reconfiguration of the contemporary residence?”
This year, the OAT will run from September 8 through to November 27, with the After Belonging conference lasting 7 hours on September 9, starting at 9:00 a.m being held at the Oslo Opera House.