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Behind the Green Door (the book)

A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects

The book Behind the Green Door is a richly illustrated critical portrait of the concrete consequences and paradoxes of sustainability as a dominating paradigm within architecture and urban planning. Drawing on a one-year long investigation carried out for the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Rotor presents and contextualizes the 600 objects gathered for its main exhibition (building models, samples, specialized construction tools, campaign posters, footage of lobbyist gatherings, etc.). As a secondary layer of content, the book contains 300 short comments by prominent architects, critics and scholars from around the world. The publication is presented in an accessible, visually compelling and thought-provoking manner, and will interest engaged citizens, experts, practitioners, activists and politicians alike.

"In popular consciousness there are two main camps in the sustainability debate: the moralists who want us to forsake all pleasures, and the cynics who want to earn money on quick-fix technological solutions. In Behind the Green Door, Rotor present a third position in the form of an undogmatic inquiry, open to all the paradoxes and dilemmas of the contemporary crisis." - Mari Hvattum, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway

"Both as an exhibition and as a publication Behind The Green Door manages to pinpoint the contradictions and dilemmas contained within the contemporary understanding of ‘sustainability’. It provides a most appropriate reference for those of us interested in the continuous evolution of this term." - Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner, Snøhetta, Oslo, Norway

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Editor Lionel Devlieger, Rotor
Co-editors Livia Cahn, Maarten Gielen, Rotor
With the help of Tristan Boniver, Lola Bazin, Rotor
Authors Lionel Devlieger, Maarten Gielen, Rotor curatorial team


Table of Contents:

Note from the editor 7

The seven lives of sustainability 12
Tables 23

Whole Earth 25
Brundtland 29
‘Nature’ 33

Waste 47
Performance 57
Pockets 69
 Lawn 83
Prosthetics 95
Cladding 103
Chimneys 113
LEED 123
Deconstruction 129
Living skins 135
Upscaling 145
Concrete 157
Beauty 165
Collection 175

List of projects 339

List of commentators 346
Index 348

Publisher: Oslo Architecture Triennale
Language: English
Graphic Design: Casier/Fieuws
Photography Istvan Virag
Proofreading Jodie Hruby, Hester Robinson, Emily Darrow
ISBN: 978-82-999370-1-6
Price: 28 €
Size: Closed: 170 x 240 mm
Weight: 900 g
Number of pages: 368
Publishing Date: April 23, 2014
Distribution Europe and US: Exhibitions International
Distribution Nordic countries and general info: Oslo Architecture Triennale

List of commentators:
Anker, Peder, associate professor, New York University
Bell, Rick, executive director, AIA NY, New York
Berge, Bjørn, architect, Gaia Lista, Vanse, Norway
Bernath, Roland, partner, bernath+widmer, Zürich
Boelen, Jan, artistic director, Z33 house for contemporary art, Hasselt
Bruijn, Willem, managing partner, Baumschlager Eberle Group, Lustenau
Caldini, Carlo, architect and co-founder, Gruppo 9999, Florence
Canfora, Anselmo, director, Initiative reCOVER, Charlottesville,VA
Carbone, Claudia, associate professor, Aarhus School of Architecture
Castillo, Greg, associate professor, University of California, Berkeley
Catsaros, Christophe, editor-in-chief, Tracés, Switzerland
Cattoi, Francesca, curator, Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia
Ciuffi, Valentina, journalist and design critic, Milan
Cucinella, Mario, founding partner, MC Architects, Bologna
d’Hoop, Ariane, fellow, FNRS, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Deleu, Luc, architect, T.O.P. office, Antwerp
Dreicer, Gregory, Museum of Vancouver
Eggertsson Dagur, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Oslo
El Ultimo Grito, London
Ellefsen, Karl Otto, rector and professor, Oslo School of Architecture
Eriksen, Arild, Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Oslo
Eriksson, Hege Maria, director, Oslo Architecture Triennale
Faulders, Thom, founder, Faulders Studio, Berkeley
Finney, Tarsha, senior lecturer, University ofTechnology, Sydney
Gabrielsson, Catharina, architect and researcher, School of Architecture KTH, Stockholm
Ghyoot, Michaël, fellow, FNRS, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Handel, Dan, curator, Tel Aviv
Helsing Almaas, Ingerid, editor-in-chief, Arkitektur N, Norway
Hjortenberg, Nanna, head of programmes, DAC, Copenhagen
Hoefnagels, Kim, A10 new European magazine, Amsterdam
Holt, Andrew, founding partner, Architectopia, Oslo
Hopkins, Rob, catalyst and outreach manager,Transition Network,Totnes, UK
Hvattum, Mari, professor, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Idenburg, Florian, architect and co-founder, SO - IL, New York
Jarzombek, Mark, professor, MIT, Boston, MA
Kaegi, Stefan, Rimini Protokoll, Berlin
Kalliala, Martti, Architect etc., Helsinki
Kallipoliti, Lydia, assistant professor, Syracuse University, NY
Keiding, Martin, editor-in-chief, Arkitekten, Copenhagen
Kongebro, Signe, partner, Henning Larsen Architects, Copenhagen
Kunstler, James Howard, writer and social critic, Saratoga Springs, NY
Kusumawijaya, Marco, director, Rujak Center for Urban Studies, Jakarta
Lascelles, Moira, deputy director,The Architecture Foundation, London
Latz, Peter, professor emeritus,Technical University Munich
Linke, Armin, artist, Berlin
Magrou, Rafaël, freelance journalist and curator, Paris
Maniaque-Benton, Caroline, architectural historian, Paris
Mínguez Carrasco, Carlos, associate curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
Moens, Jan, professor and founder, Bureau Bouwtechniek, Ghent
Mujezinovíc, Mirza, Malarchitecture AS, Oslo
Nobre, Ligia, architect and curator, Sao Paulo
Ojari, Triin, director, Museum of Estonian Architecture,Tallinn
Öner, Meriç, associate director, SALT, Istanbul
Palmesino, John, founder,Territorial Agency, London
Peleman, David, post-doctoral researcher, Ghent University
Perraudin, Gilles, Perraudin Architecture, Lyon
Pihet, Valérie, director, programme of experimentation in arts and politics, Sciences Po, Paris
Primas, Urs, architect, Zürich
Rönnskog, Ann-Sofi, founder, Territorial Agency, London
Røtnes, Anna, architect and assistant professor, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Ru, Nanne de, founding partner, Powerhouse Company, Rotterdam
Ruby, Andreas, co-founder, Ruby Press, Berlin
Rynd, Chase W., director, National Building Museum, Washington DC
Sadler, Simon, professor, University of California, Davis
Schiavon, Stefano, assistant professor, University of California, Berkeley
Simpson, Deane, Royal Danish Academy School of Architecture, Copenhagen
Skajaa, Joakim, Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Oslo
Stathaki, Ellie, architecture editor, Wallpaper*, London
Stevns, Michael, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, London
Swinnen, Peter, Flemish government architect (Vlaams Bouwmeester), Belgium
Szacka, Léa-Catherine, postdoctoral research fellow, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Szekér, Lászlo, architect, Budapest
Thorbeck, Dewey, director, Centre for Rural Design, St Paul, MN
Thorsen, Kjetil Trædal, founding partner, Snøhetta, Oslo
Tilman, Harm, editor-in-chief, de Architect, Den Haag
Toft, Anne Elisabeth, associate professor, Aarhus School of Architecture
Vaa Bermann, Andreas, director, Norsk Form Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway, Oslo
Vandermarliere, Katrien, curator Flemish Architecture Institute, Antwerp
Verschaffel, Bart, professor, University of Ghent
Vylder, Jan De, founding partner, DVVT, Ghent
Wouters, Jozef, artist, Antwerp
Wright, Herbert, architectural writer, historian and curator, London
Zehner, Ozzie, visiting scholar, University of California, Berkeley







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