The notion of a sustainable society challenges our current ideas of comfort. Does sustainable living involve a reduction in our current quality of life?
Architecture has been instrumental in achieving political goals in recent times. Goals are increasingly shifting from creating a consumer-based society to a sustainable one. As a response to this, architects and planners are exploring new ways to nudge, steer and encourage people into becoming green citizens. Architects are designing lifestyles through architecture. Rethinking comfort is key to making a transition to a sustainable society.
Arkitekturdagen 2013, the main conference of Oslo Architecture Triennale, features architects and researchers who are exploring how architecture can be an important instrument for creating new and sustainable lifestyles, on different scales and in different parts in the world.
We invite you to an inspiring day of new ideas, discussions and rethinking of the comfort of tomorrow!
Project Manager: Tor Inge Hjemdal, Architectural manager NAL
Programme Committee: Espen Røyseland and Øystein Rø, Transborder Studio
September 20th, 2013 / 10:00- 17:00
What is comfort to you?
How do we construct and maintain comfort in Norway today? How can we understand comfort as a political, economic and social construction?
Kjetil Rolness, Sociologist and Critic
Opening and welcome
Why Talk About Comfort in Relation to Sustainability?
Kim Skaara, President, NAL
Positions and Stands (Strategies). Rethinking Comfort?
How can we understand comfort in relation to architecture and sustainability? In which way has architecture contributed to comfort? How is comfort constructed? And how can we achieve it?
Comfort, Space and the Modern Subjectivity
How have architecture and spatial arrangements contributed to the rise of capitalism and the birth of the modern consumer?
Catharina Gabrielsson, Architect, Assistant Professor at KTH
An alternative reading and understanding of comfort. How can we organize our lives in future sustainable societies, while meeting the wishes and aspirations that spring from our history and tradition? How do we distinguish between perceived and real needs, and between habit and valuable tradition? Can we use tradition as a driver for the development of sustainability?
Minik Rosing, Prof geology at Natural History Museum of Denmark
Learning from the Informal
The collective sustainability of the future – parallel realities, self-organising, global strategies and local tactics for improved living standards.
Alfredo Brillembourg, Architect, Urban ThinkTank
Can Luxury Save the World?
How is luxury linked to comfort? How can high-end architecture contribute to a sustainable society?
Nanne de Ru, Architect, Powerhouse Company, Director of Berlage
Does the cooperative model give specific criteria for social comfort that emerge as a result of the self-organization of users?
Urs Primas, Architect, Schneider Studer Primas GmbH
Strategies for Comfort I
The Effect of Architecture on Altering Ways of Life.
The cliché today is to do less to achieve sustainability – does this mean less comfort? Today we have a system taking us from cradle to grave. Can we look at consumption as a potential? Can we design systems rather than objects?
Dominic Balmforth, Architect, Susturb
Whether designing, creating or responding to needs, comfort is essential. How can comfort be a driver for innovation? What are good design strategies for the future?
Melissa Sterry, Design Scientist and Futurist.
Architecture is becoming increasingly complex. Current strategies increase this complexity in order to achieve “required” levels of comfort. How can we, with simple means, create comfort? What kind of possible consequences or implications would this have?
Gilles Perraudin, Architect, Perraudin Architecture.
Strategies for Comfort II
How to “Nudge” Good Decisions and Initiate Change.
Small Initiatives – Making a Difference.
Does sustainability have to hurt? What makes us change our behaviour? How can architecture contribute?
Kjell Arne Brekke, Prof. UiO
Food as a Primary Condition for Shaping our Cities and our Lives.
Needs, comfort and sustainability. What is possible?
Carolyn Steel, Arch, University of Cambridge
What Lifestyles Should Architecture Enable?
When recreating a city, what types of lifestyles should we plan for?
Chris Reed, principal, Stoss Landscape urbanism, Detroit Future City
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