Behind the Green Door
Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability / Oslo Architecture Triennale 2013
Every so often society experiences a profound shift in its model of perceiving the world. Economical, social, technological forces align to enable ideas and modes of organisation unimaginable just a few years before. If history teaches what the driving forces have been of past revolutions, it does not provide clear instructions on how to provoke one on demand, let alone manage one. Yet it is precisely such a shift that, in recent years, became the ultimate political ambition of European society: to break away from existing schemes in favour of a model that would be in harmony with the environment. To achieve that goal, architecture (at all of its scales) is brought forward as a potent lever. Its role, as it's being envisioned, is it to induce the silent revolution. To change how communities relate to nature and themselves. To build the sustainable society.
Is architecture up for the task?
The Oslo Architecture Triennale will take place from Sept. 19 until Dec. 1, 2013.
The festival opens with an international conference organized by Criticat (Sept. 19-20). During the entire Triennale period a large exhibition by Rotor will be open to the public, free of charge, at the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA). The overall OAT program will consist of about 25 projects including guided tours, exhibitions, debates, workshops, parties and actions in a public venue. The program has been established in collaboration with a variety of local and international actors. The period of the festival is conceived as a moment of production, resulting in a catalogue to be published in 2014.
Rotor Team for OAT 2013 :
Rotor members in charge:
Maarten Gielen, Lionel Devlieger (directors)
Tristan Boniver, Benjamin Lasserre
Giulia Caterina Verga, Tiffany Obser, Livia Cahn, Victoria Abelsen, Sarolta Hüttl
With the support of the Flemish authorities
Picture credits : Vertical Forest by Boeri Studio, Photo © Marco Garofalo
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