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After Belonging: The Academy

A forum of schools and students from around the world at the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016

Team: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier (Chief Curators and organizers)

Léa-Catherine Szacka (Assistant Professor and Project Manager)

Gro Bonesmo (Professor)

Erik Fenstad Langdalen (Head of Institute of Form, Theory and History)

Marianne Skjulhaug (Head of Institute of Urbanism and Landscape)

Ragnhild Havag, Christiana Pitsillidou (Assistants)

Sept 2016

Munkedamsveien 15 (former Stenersen Museum). Oslo, Norway.

The Academy is a forum organized by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). It brought schools and students from around the world into a global dialogue and knowledge-sharing experiment, reflecting on the topics of After Belonging. Discussions included new forms of residence, housing policies, homeownership, rapid gentrification, cohabitation, and the adaptation of the existing stock of housing for new inhabitants, on Oslo’s neighborhoods of Grønland and Tøyen . 


The Academy presented a full program of events, such as workshops, roundtables, and lectures among others. It operated in three phases—an analytical phase, a critical phase, and a production phase—which was distributed over a period of eight days. The aim was to produce a collective project—a combination of an ephemeral structure, a performance, a publication, an action, an exhibition. The Academy projected the concerns of the Triennale into the future by introducing long-lasting academic conversations, and collaborations between multiple universities around the world, which will hopefully have an impact in architectural education and practices.

Participants included: Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, United Kingdom; School of Architecture and Design (SADE) - Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Bergen School of Architecture - Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (BAS), Bergen, Norway; CLUSTER - Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research, Cairo, Egypt; École s'architecture de la ville & des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, France; Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), Venice, Italy; KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden; The Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at University of Technology Sydney (UtS), Sydney, Australia; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong; The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), Oslo, Norway; The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Oslo, Norway; School of Architecture Urban Planning and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Milan, Italy; Architectural Construction Department, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain; Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.

Photo by Istvan Virag

Video by Léa-Catherine Szacka and Roman Kekel, with Thomas Szacka-Marier (edition)

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