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Rising seas and economic volatility affect a city’s residents differently, exaggerating existing social inequality. How do we cooperate or compete in the face of risk? Bartertown is a board game that tests how cities and people can survive, and even thrive, in a crisis. It imagines a world without money to test how social networks can be re-shaped by an economy of favors and resource-sharing. Players conduct activities and adapt to oods, res, or a new romance—all while negotiating for a couch to sleep on or the chance to build ood-protection infrastructures.
PublisherOther Architects2019
Burial Belt proposes repurposing denuded grazing land for natural burial. Burial funds the revegetation of the native environment, replacing high-emissions livestock farming with carbon-filtering forest. Beyond basic costs, individuals can invest as much as they like in this endeavor, potentially greening acres and offsetting life-long carbon vices. While those buried in this new cemetery will have no lasting monuments and will decompose into the soil, burial space is provided in perpetuity, providing a permanent covenant over the land. Eventually, burial sites connect to form a continuous green belt that encompasses the city fringe and constrains sprawl.
Soil, as the keeper of nutrients and the core building block of our existence, is currently being produced in the neighborhood of Grønland in Oslo, by local youth. By using local resources, they are making and selling the product. Oslo Living Lab uses the core of commercial growth, the excess of food and garbage, as a resource which stands outside of the established system, on the verge of laws and regulations. This project provides a theatrical exploration of a pragmatic degrowth transition. Death and Degrowth explores the world of this performative initiative as an important driver of transition towards a model of ...
An ecotone is a hybrid zone between two ecosystems, such as a forest and grassland, or a lake and a field, where specific species and natural phenomena flourish. Ecotones of Making considers the ecotone as a way of producing hybridised ways of living, blending urban experiences with the practical knowledge of the rural. This collection of artefacts and tools is sourced and produced in the village of Gerswalde, east Germany. Here, new spaces for rural commoning and small-scale cultural production have emerged, from a communal housing project to a permaculture farm and risograph printing workshop, and are creating a replicable model for ...
The projects highlight the challenges of progressive ideas within society. A temporary installation welcomes the visitors at the entrance of the Sverre Fehn Pavillion and also invites the audience to visit a public art project at Tåsenløkka in Oslo. The two parts are linked conceptually as both circle around concepts like social conditioning, urban planning and architecture. The public project articulates the fence that separates a public park and a municipal kindergarten. It zigzags through manicured bushes and landscaping, inspiring the children to explore. The result is an equal trade of land, without changing the total size of each property.
PublisherGlobal Free Unit2019
The Global Free Unit is a constellation for learning and research. It is born out of a desire to enable architecture students to address some of the most pressing global challenges we face: scarcity of resources, inequality, climate change, migration and social division, through research, live projects and collaborations. We, the Global Free Unit, are responding to an industry culture that is too often self referential, in thrall to mediated values reinforced by media and notions of fame. Instead, we are establishing a new path for education that offers a unique opportunity to redefine future practice by connecting education to actions and ...
PublisherPublic Works2019
Can compost heat the city? Can moss purify our air? Can food waste power our lights? The publication and compost-heated bench outside The Library make the case for a plant-powered infrastructure of degrowth. A snap shot into the LJ Works project in London. LJ Works is a lightweight workspace, kitchen incubator, cafe and London’s first building powered by food waste. Initiated by local residents as a community garden, the project is a pioneering example for long-term neighborhood stewardship of land fueled by circular social, economic and ecological systems.
Today’s economic system is socially and environmentally fatal. What would you hope to gain and be afraid to lose if economic growth stopped? The future is a consequence of what we do today. The discipline of Future Studies shows that human actions are guided by myths and metaphors, and that these are often unconscious. If we don’t bring these myths and metaphors up to the surface, and “un-learn” them, change is often hard to achieve and the future ends up being a replica of today. A radically different future can only come about if we start doing things differently and challenge what we take ...
We’ve been dealing with the duality of holiday and weekdays, mostly with the question, that why the society have to highlight some days in the year. The most of our common holidays are connected to a natural event or, some kind of changing in the year, that are mostly forgotten, and only the tradition and the feast remains. So we started to think about if we can also create new feasts and holidays today. The Spring Wind House was an experimental try for this, where we wanted to celebrate the arrival of the spring wind, and the spring itself. This ...
PublisherAnna Ulak2019
In commemoration with the book The Limits to Growth produced by the Club of Rome, this proposal displays original drawings and process sketches of the world model presented in the book along with similar architectural diagrams from the 1970’s until today. Made by Jay Forrester and his colleagues at MIT, these drawings: Visualize consequences of industrial production and population growth on a global scale, and thus demonstrate how the concept of de-growth was discussed in 1972. The drawings are visual representations of systems theory, which is a mode of thinking closely connected to postwar developments in computation. Systems theory became ...
PublisherLeong Leong2019
“How can architecture promote new ways of living together through community vitality, defense of common goods and participatory democracy? What spaces and building can architects design that foster social bonding among people of varying classes, generations and backgrounds?” The Anita May Rosenstein Campus encourages a new way of living for a multi-generational queer community by integrating social, cultural, and institutional programs. As the largest LGBTQ mixed-use facility in the world, the project is both a sanctuary of care and a civic institution— one that places architecture at the intersection between identity and infrastructure on a local and global scale. Tracing ...
Using public space free from the conventional framework of compliant consumption, skaters have always endured a contested relationship with the city, often driven from public spaces either by law or through the exclusionary design of rails, benches and kerbs. 
In 2013, one of the most successful skating spots in the UK, the Southbank Undercroft in London also came under threat as part plans to build commercial restaurants and retail developments in their place. A grassroots campaign bringing together skaters, public space activists and architects among many others, successfully defeated the proposals and saved the undercroft. At the Oslo Triennale, Chris ...

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