From birth to puberty, hamsters double in size each week. If this rate of growth continued, by its first birthday, a hamster would weigh nine billion tons, capable of consuming the entire global corn crop within less than a day. Even before humankind first saw a photograph of the whole Earth and the Club of Rome met to write about its limits, we have long known that infinite growth is impossible. Yet the critique of growth has fueled powerful reactions that have taken place both in and to our built environments, from deregulation and degradation to speculation, derivation, and exclusion. Architects and urban practitioners, toiling daily at the coalface of economic expansion, are complicit in the perpetuation of growth. They are also in a unique position to contribute towards a move away from it.

Overgrowth is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Oslo Architecture Triennale within the context of its 2019 edition, and is supported by the Nordic Culture Fond and the Nordic Culture Point.

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Many conventional economists argue that a healthy economy needs to grow at between 2–3%. This conveniently overlooks the fact that, if all...
Tristan Boniver
Nikolaus Hirsch The notion of time seems to be very essential to Rotor's practice. Your work on material cyles provides a different...
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
Nick Axel Your practice, Snøhetta, has for the past thirty years pioneered questions of sustainability and problematized ecological challenges...
Architecture today is addicted to four basic products: steel, concrete, glass, and plastic. Each is a figure in the hyper-industrial world in...
Daniel A. Barber
Emergency exits frame and regulate contemporary life in the city—a life of excess, expenditure, and accumulation. Hidden, usually behind the...
Sandi Hilal
Nick Axel How would you describe your Living Room project? Sandi Hilal Living rooms are traditionally where the private home opens itself...
In her book In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism , Isabelle Stengers calls into question the dominant perspective of growth,...
Less and less do you need to force things, until you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone —Lao Tse 1...
Amica Dall
Go, go, go, said the bird: Humankind Cannot bear very much reality —TS Eliot 1 It’s about 10am on a Saturday morning at Stansted...
Karl Otto Ellefsen and Tarald Lundevall
February, 2019. The large, natural harbor in the innermost part of Prestfjorden, Vesterålen is throbbing with activity in the pitch black,...
Stefan Kaegi / Rimini Protokoll
Your tour will begin in less than one minute. Please put on your hard hats and headphones now. You are on a construction site. This is a...
Matthias Schuler and Anja Thierfelder
Overgrowth. Excessive growth. Uncontrolled proliferation, even. Degrowth. Growth in reverse. Green Growth. Economic growth with a...
Steve Webb
In the days of the wheel so much energetic expenditure was used in overcoming friction: a constant drag on progress and perpetuity. Caused by the...
Hélène Frichot and Helen Runting
There exists a point at which anticipation is exhausted and naked absence is exposed. No matter what the guardians of neoliberal wisdom suggest,...
There is something provocative and at the same time revealing in the act of eliminating the kitchen from the house. The generalized social refusal...
The Indians were many and would replenish every hour … they could not have been more than a stone’s throw away when more than four hundred...
Ateya Khorakiwala
In Mumbai, a city permanently under construction and repair, bamboo scaffolding is ubiquitous. The city, with its concrete and brick architecture,...
The notion of “degrowth” can provoke a mixture of annoyance, confusion, and frustration. There is, of course, an ideological and theoretical...
Ingerid Helsing Almaas
The good citizens of Oslo have high expectations of their city. And in the same way as cities all over the world, Oslo often fails to deliver....
We will look back at these times from the future with total bafflement. There is abundant and ever-mounting evidence of the devastation our way of...
Helena Mattsson and Catharina Gabrielsson
A strange mania governs the working class of all countries in which capitalist civilization rules, a mania that results in the individual and...
Angelos Varvarousis and Penny Koutrolikou
The degrowth hypothesis posits that a radical, multiscalar reorganization of society is needed in order to achieve a drastic reduction in resource...
Nick Axel, Matthew Dalziel, Phineas Harper, Nikolaus Hirsch, Cecilie Sachs Olsen, and Maria Smith
Overgrowth is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Oslo Architecture Triennale within the context of its 2019 edition, curated...
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Economy, Urbanism
Subject
Post-capitalism, Climate change, Community, The Commons, Extractivism

Overgrowth is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Oslo Architecture Triennale within the context of its 2019 edition, and is supported by the Nordic Culture Fond and the Nordic Culture Point.

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