Oslo Architecture Triennale shows how to plan the neighbourhoods of tomorrow

Alexandra Cruz, head of programme at one of the main Nordic arenas for research, discussion, and dissemination in the fields of architecture and urban planning, shares the good examples from this edition.
October 25, 2022

As the largest architecture festival in Norway and one of the most important in the region, Oslo Architecture Triennale develops a continuous programme of activities. Every three years, a festival is organised in collaboration with various partners, aiming to challenge and inspire the field of architecture and planning, and to address urgent societal issues.

— The theme of this edition, Mission Neighbourhood – (Re)forming Communities, aims to reflect upon how we are thinking, planning and designing the neighbourhoods of tomorrow, Alexandra Cruz explains. We are raising questions such as, how can we plan for better, more diverse, and inclusive neighbourhoods for the future? How can we transform and design our building surroundings for better harmony and coexistence between humans and other species, and what are the changes that need to be undertaken to create positive impact on the communities and the environment?

The festival highlights a bunch of interesting and relevant projects in different exhibitions which can be seen at the former Edvard Munch museum (until October 30th) and at the National Museum – Architecture (open until January 29, 2023). 

— These projects bring forward different approaches to the theme, and it’s how they complement each other in the way they respond to the various challenges that form the collective knowledge we aimed to gather and present. We also show two examples which illustrate the scope of diversity of approach, the Multispecies Neighbourhoods by Atelier Dalziel and Noisy Neighbours, a collaboration between the City of Malmö, CSAM, and White Arkitekter.

Oslo Architecture Triennale.

How can these projects inspire ’the neighbourhoods of tomorrow’?

— They tackle various scales and challenges. You find examples that bring forward more systemic approaches and investigate larger urban planning issues and others that are dealing with the scale of the street and concrete actions of place-making. Some are very concrete and some are more speculative. This richness and variation are for me one of the most stimulating aspects. Questions of mobility, accessibility, sharing, nurturing, care, and alternative and innovative governance models, are all important issues to have on top of the table when thinking of the neighbourhoods of tomorrow.

Oslo Architecture Triennale’s Christian Pagh. Photography: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Oslo Architecture Triennale also has a digital format, Neighborhood Index, presenting a selection of projects, practices, and ideas for interventions in neighbourhoods as well as a website and social channels.

— This Friday, October 28, our Triennale Closing Conference will focus on ethical ambitions and the power of judgement in city making. We are also working on a publication that will be launched after the Triennale is over, says Cruz.