After Belonging: A Triennale in Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay in Transit

After Belonging

Boomerang Generation. photo / Damon Casarez

The 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (O.A.T.) designs the objects, spaces, and territories for transforming conditions of belonging. Global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabalized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity — a crisis of belonging. Circulation brings greater accessibility to ever-new commodities for large groups, kept in precarious states of transit. After Belonging examines both our attachment to places and to collectivities — where do we belong? — as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange — how do we manage our belongings?

After Belonging Agency

The After Belonging Agency is a group of architects, curators, and scholars based in New York City and Rotterdam, including Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio Gonzalez Galan, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier.

The team came together specifically for the 2016 O.A.T. around common interests and a shared concern in identifying the architectures at stake in contemporary forms of being together with its associated spatial configurations, aesthetic agendas, furnishings, territories, and technologies. All team members will serve as chief curators of the 2016 O.A.T.

Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco is a New York City–based architect and scholar, and was trained as an architect at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSA Barcelona) and at the Edinburgh College of Art. He graduated with the M.Sc. in advanced architectural design from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (Columbia GSAPP) and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University.

Ignacio Gonzalez Galan is a New York City–based architect and scholar. As principal of [igg - office for architecture], his design won first prize for the new velodrome in Medellín. Galan's installation Cinecitta Occupata was included in the 2014 Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas. Galan was trained at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSA Madrid). He graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the M.Arch.II program at Harvard GSD. Galan has been a fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University.

Carlos Minguez Carrasco is a New York City–based architect and curator, and is associate curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. In 2014, Carrasco was assistant curator of OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Previously, he cofounded PKMN, an internationally renowned architecture collective based in Madrid. Minguez is the editor of two forthcoming publications, OfficeUS Manual and Sf30 (Lars Muller Publishers). Minguez trained as an architect at ETSA Barcelona and TU Delft, and received a M.Sc. in critical, curatorial, and conceptual practices in architecture at Columbia GSAPP.

Alejandra Navarrete Llopis is a New York City–based architect. Navarrete is the principal of NaMi, an architecture, design, and curatorial office working in Europe and the U.S. Previously, she cofounded PKMN, a research-based architect's collective. Navarrete's Aguila-Alcatel Apartment Building in Madrid was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Navarrette was trained at ETSA Madrid and Università Iuav di Venezia, and graduated with a M.Sc. in advanced architectural design from Columbia GSAPP.