Highlights from the 2022 triennale

Looking back at the eighth edition of Oslo Architecture Triennale

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From the Triennale title exhibition, Mission Neighbourhood – (Re)forming communities, higlighting five selected aspects of the neighbourhood, divided into the themes of Understanding Places, Social Infrastructure, Our Streets, Naturehood and Reforming Systems. Photo: Are Carlsen

This year's triennale is over for now ... but the mission continues. We sum up the 2022 edition – and what's next?

Published 07.12.22

October 30th, doors closed for the 8th Oslo Architecture Triennale, Mission Neighbourhood – (Re)forming Communities, after six intense weeks of exhibitions, conversations, experiments, art projects, city walks, film screenings, debates, conferences and much more.

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From the official opening ceremony at the Oslo City Hall. Photo: Are Carlsen

We are grateful for all our collaborators, partners, contributors, and visitors who have embraced the mission of creating more sustainable, diverse, and generous neighbourhoods. Thank you!

As we begin our evaluation, we would highly appreciate your feedback if you visited the Triennale events and/or exhibitions! Click this link and you will be directed to a simple online form.

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The exhibition Oslo in the Making, taking place in the historic lecture hall at the former Edvard Munch Museum, was a report on the recent urban development in Oslo. Large urban projects like the fresh propositions from the competition on the last part of Oslo's "Fjord City" transformation and the plans for developing Lilleakerbyen was juxtaposed with Tøyen Housing Federation's recommendation for a more social and just housing policy and SPEED Architects' analyses of Groruddalen. Photo: Are Carlsen.

Although the Triennale 2022 is over, the Mission Neighbourhood continues! We will follow up on our lab activities, explorations, and collaborations, both locally, with our Nordic partners, and internationally.

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Atelier Dalziel's installation Multispecies Neighbourhood, under construction in the atrium of the museum building. Photo: Are Carlsen

A few highlights from this year’s Triennale:

Our agendas have engaged the professional community and media: Our vision for rethinking mobility, streets, and neighbourhood quality in Oslo, developed with our partners in Sweco, Jaja Architects, Lala Tøyen together with the City of Oslo’s Agency for Urban Environment and other public stakeholders, has been featured in Morgenbladet and Aftenposten. Discussions about how to lift neighbourhood quality in the periphery of Oslo together with Bydel Stovner, has also been covered by Aftenposten


Danish architect and urbanist Jan Gehl was the key note speaker at the conference Neighbourhood Streets.

From the very beginning we have argued that the mission of forming more sustainable, diverse, and generous neighbourhoods is a question of combining culture, design and systems thinking. We have engaged thinkers and doers in the Triennale mission including Carlos Moreno, Martha Thorne, Peter Cook, Jos Boys, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Kate Raworth, Jan Gehl, Juhani Pallasmaa, Dan Hill, Hanna Harris – and many more! Shortly, recordings of selected talks and lectures will be made available through our website.


The installation Trehus by Skaus, Eladio Ramm and Yngvild Færøy under construction. Photo: Are Carlsen.

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The 2022 Oslo Architecture Triennale team. From left: Katharina Sauermann, Jonas Vesterhus, Alexandra Cruz, Christian Pagh, Thomas Cook, Pernille Boye Ahlgren, Henrik der Minassian, Marianne Welle. Not present: Ilse Hviding, Herman Billett. Photo: Jan Khür.

In the year to come we will continue our working as a neighbourhood lab, building on the foundation of this year’s Triennale. We look forward to sharing inspiring projects, insights and eventually a publication on neighbourhood thinking and doing – and to carve out the path towards the next Triennale. Stay tuned.

For now, again: a warm thank you to everyone who made the Triennale possible! The support of our founding members AHO, DOGA, NAL, the National Museum, OAF and Oslo Business Region has been crucial as always. A special thanks to this year's main partners OBOS and Sweco, and our project partners Bydel Stovner, Hav Eiendom and Mustad Eiendom, and all the contributors.