The New Neighbourhood

Fragment and The Architectural Uprising present alternatives to contemporary neighbourhood development in new book

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  • Location: The former Edvard Munch Museum, Tøyengata 53
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    Fragment and The Architectural Uprising

Architectural practice Fragment and the movement known as The Architectural Uprising launch the colourful book "Det nye nabolaget" ("The New Neighbourhood"), which is also showcased in the Triennale exhibition "Mission Neighbourhoods - (Re)forming Communites".

On the Sunday of the Triennale opening weekend, Fragment's Arild Eriksen and The Architectural Uprising's Saher Sooururi will discuss identity, beauty and belonging at a neighbourhood level.

To quote the book: "All over the country, developers race to build identical housing projects in the shape of boxes with external balconies and grey facade panels. There are no traces of a Norwegian building tradition. Architects come to the rescue of speculative construction, defending today's design against the growing anger of the population. But isn't it really in the architects' interest to defend permanence, quality and architectural integrity against the temptation that will always be to build without character, quickly and badly?"

The ambition of the book is to show that the scope of neighbourhoods being built today is far greater than what can be seen outside the living room door in Oslo, in places like Løren and Ulven.

Arild Eriksen is an architect and founder of the architect firm Fragment

Saher Sooururi is a psychologist, lecturer and blogger, and spokesman for the Architectural Uprising.