February 1, 2020 - e-flux Architecture - Overgrowth Talks #3
e-flux Architecture
February 1, 2020
February 1, 2020

e-flux Architecture / Oslo Architecture Triennale

The Great Acceleration, 1750–2000, including measures of northern hemisphere average surface temperature, population, CO₂ concentration, loss of tropical rainforest and woodland, GDP, water use, species extinctions, motor vehicles, paper consumption, fisheries exploited, ozone depletion, and foreign investment. Adapted from the Smithsonian.

Overgrowth Talks #3
February 6, 2020, 5pm

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Maridalsveien 29
0175 Oslo


For this last session of Overgrowth talks, OAT 2019 Chief Curator Cecilie Sachs Olsson and e-flux Architecture editor Nikolaus Hirsch will be joined by a group of special guests and contributors to Overgrowth for a series of presentations and conversations. The session will bring forward the perspectives presented in three essays, reflecting upon questions of growth and degrowth by looking into systems of organization in two Nordic cities, counterpointed by a fictional essay looking into possibilities of escape to alternative scenarios. We will take the opportunity to revisit some of the topics raised along the various contributions and open the discussion to the audience.

Warm soup

Welcome by Hanna Dencik Petersson, OAT
OAT 2019 by Cecilie Sachs Olsson, OAT 2019 Curator
e-flux Overgrowth series by Nikolaus Hirsch, e-flux Architecture editor

Presentation of the essays by the authors Ingerid Helsing Almaas, Helen Runting, and Anna Mill

Conversation moderated by Nikolaus Hirsch
Questions & answers

Ingerid Helsing Almaas
Ingerid Helsing Almaas is an architect. She is a writer and critic for publications at home and abroad, and was editor-in-chief of Arkitektur N, the Norwegian Review of Architecture, from 2004–17. She is currently a Senior Advisor at Design and Architecture Norway, DOGA. Find her essay “No app for that” here.

Helen Runting
Helen Runting is an architectural theorist and planner, and a founding partner in the Stockholm-based architecture practice Secretary. Her work, which spans research and practice, is motivated by an interest in architecture’s capacity to shape and facilitate life at the scale of the population. Find Helen Runting and Hélène Frichot’s essay “The Queue” here.

Anna Mill from Mill & Jones
Mill & Jones is a design office led by Anna Mill and Luke Jones. They are authors of Square Eyes, a graphic novel about cities, technology, and the future, published by Jonathan Cape in 2018. Find Mill & Jones’ short comic “Exile's Letter” here.

The event will be held in English, and might be photographed/filmed for public use.

About the essay series:
The essay series Overgrowth is a collaboration between the publishing platform e-flux Architecture and the Oslo Architecture Triennale within the context of its 2019 edition. The series explore the challenge of growth-based cities and test bold alternatives for the architecture of a new cultural economy. How will cities be formed when it is human and ecological flourishing that matter most?

The seminar is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Oslo Architecture Triennale. Read more about the e-flux Overgrowth essay series, and find all the essays in the series here.

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