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Columbia GSAPP at
Oslo Architecture Triennale

Media Advisory
8 September 2016

The 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, opens on September 8 with a strong Columbia GSAPP presence. Many faculty and alumni contributed to this extensive project in a range of capacities ranging from curators to exhibitors and speakers.  

The Triennale’s five-person curatorial team, After Belonging Agency, is comprised faculty member Ignacio G. Galán and four GSAPP alumni Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Marina Otero Verzier. 

The Triennale launches with a full-day conference on September 9 exploring questions of architecture’s role in reconfiguring belonging, how the process has transformed notions of residence, and what the spatial, technical, and sociopolitical consequences of this transformation are. The event features Columbia GSAPP Dean Amale Andraos alongside faculty members Gro Bonesmo, Juan Herreros, and Reinhold Martin.

On Residence and In Residence are the two main exhibitions, held at Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) and the National Museum of Architecture, respectively. They include installations and interventions by many additional Columbia GSAPP faculty and alumni, some working among larger groups of collaborators:

  • Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation;
  • Kadambari Baxi, Janette Kim, Meg McLagan, David Schiminovich & Mark Wasiuta;
  • Laura Kurgan, Juan Saldarriaga & Angelika Rettberg;
  • L.E.FT & Lawrence Abu Hamdan;
  • Nora Akawi, Nina V. Kolowratnik, Johannes Pointl & Eduardo Rega; and
  • Caitlin Blanchfield, Glen Cummings, Jaffer Kolb, Farzin Lofti-Jam & Leah Meisterlin.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and Columbia GSAPP are co-hosting a celebratory book launch, discussion, and party with music by Icelandic band Sykur on September 10. The event marks the collaboration between the schools highlighted by the release of two joint books, co-published by Lars Müller Publishers:

  • Experimental Preservation, edited by Jorge Otero-Pailos, Erik Langdalen, and Thordis Arrhenius
  • Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation, edited by Bryony Roberts.

AHO will also present the exhibition House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate, in Pieces, organized by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. The exhibition is on view from November 7 to 27, 2016, and co-curator Jacob Moore will present the project with a lecture on November 25.

After Belonging is accompanied by an extended program that includes the following events with Columbia GSAPP participation:

  • Ten Takes on After Belonging, a lecture series with Laura Kurgan and Mark Wasiuta, among others,
  • Europe at a Crossroads, a conversation between Michael Feher and James Graham organized by Zone Books; and
  • Book launch for Felicity Scott: Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity / Architectures of Counterinsurgency, with Zone Books
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