Concrete Oslo  

Concrete Oslo is a guide to concrete architecture in Oslo from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Formated as a tour­ist guide, Concrete Oslo gives the reader an opportunity to explore a great number of buildings, structures and objects through curated tours across the city, giving the reader and opportunity to reflect upon an enigmatic building tradition and to engage with the city, in literal and physical ways. Accompanying the tours are a number of theoretical essays, original drawings, unique photographs and other historic documentation.
The book springs from a master studio course, taught in 2015 by the three editors of this volume, at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The format escapes the confines of academia and invites everyone to indulge in architectural treasure hunt in Oslo.

Editors: Andrea Pinochet, Erik Langdalen, Léa-Catherine Szacka   Contributors: Adrian Forty, Arne B. Langleit, Eva Branscome, Even Smith Wergeland, Ingrid Dobloug Roede,Janna Bystryk, Oliver Elser
Designer: João Doria
Publisher: Torpedo Press

In Hannes Meyer’s Pockets
Venice, Italy

In response to Rem Koolhaas’ theme for the Venice Biennale 2014 ‘Fundamentals,’ which set out to survey the absorption of modernity in the last 100 years and the meaning of national identity in that process, our project builds on a ‘program’ outlined for such modernity by architect Hannes Meyer (1889- 1954) in the beginning of last century. Hannes Meyer gives a definition of the building project that is not only based on the relationship between function and aesth

etics but on its direct relationship with human existence. For him, the function diagram and the economic program became the determining principles of modern building project, and the task of creating categories became operative to define fundamental aspects of life from which the inhabitants could take part in a constant definition and redefinition of self. The program Hannes Meyer wrote down for the dwelling consisted of 12 fundamental points. We believe he named these p

oints not to limit the scope of architecture and living habits, but to demarcate fundamental generators of life. Hannes Meyer´s 12 points reflect a possibility of giving form to the uprooted life of the modern subject by industrialization.

Team: Collaboration with Espen Vatn, James Hamilton, Richard Øiestad, Børre Mølstad. Exhibited: 06/2014 Palazzo Mora, 14th

Architecture Biennal, Venice Awards: Honnor Mention, Pamphel Architecture 35, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.

Andrea Pinochet