After Belonging: On residence and the ways we stay in transit.
The global circulation of people, objects and information today, is unprecedented. While bringing greater accessibility to remote territories and diverse goods, it also promotes human unsettlement and growing inequalities for large groups in so-called ‘precarious transit’.
According to the UN, the number of migrants worldwide reached 232 million in 2013. Add to this, over one billion tourist arrivals on average per year, and we have a record-high and fast-increasing number of people on a global quest for work, knowledge, protection, adventure and a better life.
Oslo is among Europe’s fastest-growing cities, fuelled mainly by a steady stream of international workers. At present, Statistics Norway claim that more than 30 percent of Oslo’s population consists of immigrants. Our needs for privacy, security and sense of belonging are changing, while the increasingly transnational population will evoke new ways for people to reside side by side, yet together.
OAT 2016: A triennale «After Belonging» c
Facing this reality, we need to develop new strategies for planning and shaping residential spaces – temporary and permanent homes – of tomorrow’s cities. First, we still must strive to understand the nature of the challenges that this state of «After Belonging» generates. The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 will explore how architecture can respond to the way we gradually relate differently to our homes and belongings, made evident by new ways in which we own, share and exchange these.
To lead this work, OAT has engaged the New York- and London-based curatorial team After Belonging Agency, formed by Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Marina Otero Verzier. The group have curated exhibitions, installations and seminars at several major international architectural venues.
‘On Residence’ – a description of our state «After Belonging»
The Triennale’s main exhibition, ‘On Residence’, will aim to depict how people in transit stay and live. Through a wide selection of photographs, objects, interviews, films, architectural projects, technology, documentation, etc., it will show new ways in which we share and use our spaces of residence. The exhibition will also intend to describe how we relate to our personal field, our belongings, our home ground, nationality and territory, as we keep redefining the ways we live.
‘In Residence’ – case studies for the future
The program ‘In Residence’ will invite architects and other professionals from around the world to explore, imagine and react to different challenges symptomatic of the state of «After Belonging». Each challenge will be represented by a specially selected location in Oslo or elsewhere. The case studies will consider, for example, a migrant neighborhood, a house rented in Airbnb, a center for asylum seekers or new forms of luxury tourism and its architectures. The results will constitute an important part of the Triennale program, while also allowing the public to participate in debates and experiencing the result of the work in public spaces.
OAT 2016 aims to bring architects, urban planners and scholars together with decision makers, industry and commerce, as well as the public, in a discussion on how to tackle cities’ migration-related challenges now and in the future. We therefore also encourage relevant partners to engage by contributing specific input to the extended Triennale program. The over-all ambition is, together with our partners, architects and urban planners, to test solutions for the future challenges on residence.