The demanding architect | arkitektnytt.no
The time to be the demanding architect in the face of builders and society as a whole can perhaps be said to be in hell. The requirements are perhaps rather opposite in the form of writings, finances, environmental requirements, architectural rebellion and demanding customers.
On the other hand, this does not prevent the Oslo Architects’ Association (OAF) from precisely setting “demanding architecture” as the premise for our lectures. They want to find out how some of the best architects in Europe can deliver quality and make their own demands in different requirements.
– The hope is that the lectures can strike a broad chord in the discussion around what demands are made and how it is possible to have a productive relationship with resistance as an architect in order to achieve qualities in what is built, says Jonas Løland, new head of the association’s program committee, to Arkitektnytt .
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On Thursday evening, Løland and the rest of the OAF are gathered in the Architects’ House for the spring semester’s program release. In addition to the launch, there will be the presentation and exhibition opening of this year’s edition of «New Voices». This time, it is the new offices Studio ET AL, Vollset Landmark Arkitekter and Alternative Arkitekter who are presenting, while Studio Osma, Isak Grimstad and Eladio Ramm, voted out this fall, are back as part of the exhibition.
After all, it is the four lectures that are the very foundation of OAF’s program. They start with Belgians Hilde Daem and Johannes Robbrecht from Robbrecht en Daem (February 16) and continues with the Paris architect Sophie Delhay (March 16), Andrea Faraguna from the Berlin office Studio Sub (April 20) and Swiss Emanuel Christ from Christ and Gantenbein (May 11).
– The theme «Demanding architecture» and the choice of guests are inspired by the reactions people have to the house under previous assumptions and which nerves are often encountered. Many of the questions that come can be boiled down to the control questions: «How were you allowed to do something so nice? And why is this not possible to achieve in Norway?», explains Løland.