In Residence is one of the two parts of the Triennale. It speculates on architectural intervention strategies at a selection of sites—in Oslo, the Nordic region and around the globe—that are understood to encapsulate the contemporary transformation of belonging.
The sites in Oslo and the Nordic region include: an apartment in Copenhagen rented through digital sharing platforms; a worker’s residence in Kirkenes, in the Arctic Region, on the Norwegian border with Russia; a transnational neighborhood that forms part of the Million Housing Programme on the outskirts of Stockholm; an asylum seekers’ reception center in Oslo; and the border spaces, technologies, and transit areas of the Oslo Airport in Gardermoen. The five global case studies include: a personal cubicle in a self storage facility in New York City; a house resulting from the remittances sent to the coffee growing region of Colombia; a patient room in the Dubai Health Care City; the technological spaces linking religious communities in Lagos; and an Italian textile factory in one of the biggest Chinatowns in Europe.
Reports about these sites have been commissioned from a group of international architects, artists, journalists, and other professionals. The commission for these reports is intended to challenge ideas of ‘site’ solely concerned with geometric boundaries and contextual references. Sites are instead considered as unstable nodes submitted to ongoing alterations and redefinitions.
The Intervention Strategies for the sites located in Oslo and the Nordic region will be selected through an International Call for Intervention Strategies. Interventions should speculate on the architectures associated to the particularities of each site, and can range from spatial strategies, typological variations, and material prototypes to digital platforms and legal propositions, among many others. They can be developed as built structures, 1:1 tests, scale models, and representations for public debate. With the ambition of questioning contemporary modes of practice, the work protocols will be as important as the outcome of the interventions.
The commissioned reports and the selected interventions will be displayed at the After Belonging: In Residence exhibition in the National Museum - Architecture in Oslo. They will also be discussed during public events throughout the Triennale, and included in a publication to be released in 2017.