GFU at the Oslo Architecture Triennale: Orrery and Map

12 January, 2019
  • Oslo Triennale Installation Global Free Unit Orrery and Map at the Oslo Architecture Triennale
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The Global Free Unit took part in the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019: DEGROWTH. Where we presented our decentralised model for higher education.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival, and one of the world’s prominent arenas for dissemination and discussion of architectural and urban challenges. We were honoured to be invited to create an installation for the Library part of the Triennale, located at the National Museum, which showcases how libraries can play a central role in breaking free from the growth paradigm. During the eight week programme of the Triennale, The National Museum – Architecture will undergo a complete transformation from a gallery of architecture past and present to a library of architectural futures. The library is organised into four collections: the subjective, the objective, the systemic and the collective. Each of the four collections will be richly populated with drawings, models, materials, artefacts, devices, and ideas exploring the architecture of a Degrowth economy to be critiqued, measured, studied and enjoyed.

The Global Free Unit installation forms part of the Collective Collection and is an Orrery and Map, representing the constellation of Global Free Unit Classrooms at work in different parts of the world. The Orrery was made by Dimitry Mozgunov who lives and works in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, Russia.

Dimitry is one of a team of local craftsmen, who work with Nikolay as co-authors of his architectural scale sculptures. Dimitry also runs a gallery and shop which sells small sculptures created by the craftsmen independently, which is an example of the autonomous economies generated by the Art Park. You can join our Nikola-Lenivets Classroom for one of the winter or summer schools, which collaborate closely with local makers and examine possible futures for the rapidly changing countryside. The map was created by Nina Gerada, with drawings by members of the Free Unit, and shows ‘The Free World’ our past projects and current Classrooms working around the globe.

Catch the Global Free Unit Installation!

26 September – 24 November
Nasjonalmuseet / National Museum – Arkitektur, Bankplassen 3, Oslo

Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00-17:00
Wednesday: 11:00-17:00
Thursday: 11:00-19:00
Friday: 11:00-17:00
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00-17:00