Architecture of Consequence, Social cohesion, Value creation | Evelien Pieters | 04-04-2012
On Thursday 29 March, NAI director Ole Bouman gave a lecture during a seminar about Architecture and Social Responsibility in the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. The seminar was organised alongside the travelling exhibition Architecture Of Consequence, which is currently on display at the same museum. A comment from the audience triggered a spontaneous event, culminating in the first of, what might very well become, a series of propositions for a more sustainable future. Read Ole’s personal report.
“When the Architecture of Consequence conference at the Oslo Museum of Architecture was almost done, someone in the audience said: ”those existential issues such as food, public health and social cohesion are far less acute for architecture in Norway as they are elsewhere. We are simply too fortunate for that.”
So I made an announcement. If this framework of social themes is not applicable to the Oslo situation and not powerful enough to charge architecture with more social relevance, what would then be the right framework for this city? Could anyone show it to the presenting Dutch architects by making a walk along what the audience considers to be the most problematic situations? Could you discuss it with us at a spontaneous pizza panel discussion at 0047, the wonderful creative hub, run by Oystein Ro and Espen Royseland?
And so we went, and learned about the real problems of Oslo: its cluelessness to do something proper with its exceptional position in the arena of competing world cities. To capitalize in a more positive way its wealth, space, resources and heritage.
Having walked by a provisional embassy for the gypsies (emphasizing the mechanism of marginalization), by the uncanny site of Anders Breiviks terrorist act (emphasizing the breach of trust) and by the culture clashes between crime and officialdom, islam and secular society, sex industry and the CBD. It became clear that the man from the audience claiming there is no need for Norwegian architecture to deal with urgent issues, wasn’t particularly apt. Perhaps here they could be called more social than existential: poverty, exclusion, abuse, neglect but most of all, a seemingly complete lack of long term vision how to resolve this issues with the power of architecture and design. Seldom the gap between reality and creative potential became more visible.
The pizza panel turned into a session of deep introspection for all designers present, both Norwegian and Dutch. A portrait of Oslo was painted, full of extremes. Largest immigration, fastest growth, highest drug abuse, biggest weapon export, while sitting on state assets that belong to the strongest of the world. After this fact finding it became even more acute to ask the question why there isn’t a big plan. Especially among architects who feel they have little influence in the current city making process. Why do the designers who are trained in thinking long term not cater a society that craves it?
One participant, Ole Moystad - a professor of architecture working at the NTNU, made this question suddenly very topical. The greater Oslo area is at the eve of one of its biggest investments in infrastructure ever. The money is there, but the concept of an Oslo that’s worth fighting for is lacking.
NAI Proposition #2012-1: The NAi suggest this to be the ultimate demand to the Oslo Architecture triennale 2013.”
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