After Belonging Agency:
Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco
Ignacio González Galán
Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Alejandra Navarrete Llopis
Marina Otero Verzier

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016
After Belonging

A Triennale In Residence,
On Residence and the
Ways We Stay In Transit


After Belonging Agency, clockwise from left: Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Marina Otero Vezier, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis

After Belonging Agency

The After Belonging Agency is a group of architects, curators and scholars based in New York and Rotterdam composed by Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier.

The team came together specifically for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, 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.

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Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco

Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco is a New York based architect and scholar. He is chief curator of the OAT 2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. He is currently a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. Casanovas was trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and the Edinburgh College of Art, and graduated from the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia GSAPP. Casanovas has co-curated the lecture series “Margins and Hyphens” at Princeton SOA, and the symposium “Conflict of Interests” on architectural research at Columbia GSAPP. He has collaborated with different design offices and research institutions as the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture or the GSAPP Global Africa Lab. Casanovas has taught studios at Barnard College, Princeton University, and ETSA Barcelona. His current interests include the aesthetic agendas of the architectures resulting from institutional practices (such as the New York’s network of homeless shelters or Radio Televisión Española), or the relationship between the history of the senses and architecture.

Ignacio González Galán

Ignacio González Galán is a New York based architect and scholar. He is chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. He was trained at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, and graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII at Harvard GSD. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. As the Principal of [igg—office for architecture], his designs have been awarded in different competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he has been nominated to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work has resulted in different publications and exhibitions including the installation “Cinecittá Occupata” for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas. Galán teaches studios and seminars in different institutions including Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign. His work concentrates on the architectures articulating modern and contemporary societies, particularly addressing their relation to process of material and cultural circulation, and the mediations transforming their occupations.

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco is a New York based architect and curator. He is chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency, and Associate Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. In 2014 he was Assistant Curator of OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Previously, he co-founded PKMN, an internationally renowned architecture collective based in Madrid. Trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and TU Delft, he graduated from the MSc in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. Mínguez has organized a wide range of exhibitions, events and competitions with a particular focus on how social, cultural, and political pressing issues influence contemporary architecture, including Cáceres Creates Cáceres (2008), Interpretations (2010), Storefront’s 30th Anniversary exhibition and conference BEING (2013), Letters to the Mayor (2014), and the platform World Wide Storefront (2014). His work has been published in different journals as Domus and Código and he is editor of two forthcoming publications OfficeUS Manual and Sf30 (Lars Müller Publishers). Mínguez has been Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP and lectured in different universities including Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Princeton University SoA, and RISD.

Alejandra Navarrete Llopis

Alejandra Navarrete Llopis is a New York based architect. She is chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. Navarrete was trained at ETSAMadrid and IUAVenezia, and graduated from the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University GSAPP, where she has been Adjunct Assistant Professor. She is the principal of NaMi, an architecture design and curatorial office working in Europe and in the US in public and private projects, including the exhibition design for the Iberoamerican Art Museum of Alcalá de Henares University. Previously, she co-founded PKMN, a research based architect’s collective, focused on the role of art and architecture to articulate how the citizen transforms the contemporary urban environments. PKMN has been widely awarded, published and exhibited as in Fresh Latino and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. She has also collaborated with different design offices as Solid Arquitectura, receiving several prizes and honorable mentions including the first prize for the Performing Arts Center International Competition in Seoul, and for the “Aguila-Alcatel” Apartment Building in Madrid, exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Marina Otero Verzier

Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency, and Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, where she is a PhD candidate. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation and Fundación Arquia, has been published in different publications including sqm: The quantified Home, Arquitectura Viva, and Domus. Otero is co-editor of Promiscuous Encounters and Unmanned Architecture and Security Series, and has curated exhibitions at The 2013 Shenzhen Bicity Biennale and the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial. Her current research is concerned with how changing notions of privacy and safety, and their articulation with global circulatory regimes, have an effect on the spaces of residence.

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After Belonging

Oslo Architecture Triennale
Sept.08-Nov.27 2016

A Triennale In Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay In Transit.

With a stranger sleeping on your couch; inside the boxes at the storage facility; surrounded by the information you share in the cloud; after clearing customs at the airport; where your passport allows you to reside. Being at home entails different definitions nowadays, both within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries under contemporary regimes of circulation.

The 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale designs the objects, spaces, and territories for a transforming condition of belonging. Global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity—a crisis of belonging. Circulation brings greater accessibility to ever—new commodities and further geographies. But, simultaneously, circulation also promotes growing inequalities for large groups, kept in precarious states of transit. After Belonging examines both our attachment to places and collectivities—Where do we belong?—as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?

The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 is divided into two parts:
  • A triennale In Residence, in which international architects and professionals concerned with the built environment will engage in local collaborations in Oslo, the Nordic region, and around the globe, to intervene in the transformation of residence.
  • A triennale On Residence, in which to collectively analyze the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence.
How can different agents involved in the built environment address the ways we stay in transit? How can architects intervene in the reconfiguration of the contemporary residence?

In Residence

In Residence is one of the two parts of the Triennale. It speculates on architectural intervention strategies at a selection of sites— in Oslo, the Nordic region and around the globe— that are understood to encapsulate the contemporary transformation of belonging.

The sites in Oslo and the Nordic region include: an apartment in Copenhagen rented through digital sharing platforms; a worker’s residence in Kirkenes, in the Arctic Region, on the Norwegian border with Russia; a transnational neighborhood that forms part of the Million Housing Programme on the outskirts of Stockholm; an asylum seekers’ reception center in Oslo; and the border spaces, technologies, and transit areas of the Oslo Airport in Gardermoen. The five global case studies include: a personal cubicle in a self storage facility in New York City; a house resulting from the remittances sent to the coffee growing region of Colombia; a patient room in the Dubai Health Care City; the technological spaces linking religious communities in Lagos; and an Italian textile factory in one of the biggest Chinatowns in Europe.

Reports about these sites have been commissioned from a group of international architects, artists, journalists, and other professionals. The commission for these reports is intended to challenge ideas of ‘site’ solely concerned with geometric boundaries and contextual references. Sites are instead considered as unstable nodes submitted to ongoing alterations and redefinitions.

The Intervention Strategies for the sites located in Oslo and the Nordic region will be selected through an International Call for Intervention Strategies. Interventions should speculate on the architectures associated to the particularities of each site, and can range from spatial strategies, typological variations, and material prototypes to digital platforms and legal propositions, among many others. They can be developed as built structures, 1:1 tests, scale models, and representations for public debate. With the ambition of questioning contemporary modes of practice, the work protocols will be as important as the outcome of the interventions.

The commissioned reports and the selected interventions will be displayed at the After Belonging: In Residence exhibition in the National Museum - Architecture in Oslo. They will also be discussed during public events throughout the Triennale, and included in a publication to be released in 2017.

The programme is supported by Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.

On Residence

On Residence is one of the two parts of the Triennale. It dissects the architectures entangled in the contemporary reconfiguration of belonging, documenting the ways in which these architectures redefine residence, and the spatial, aesthetic, technical, and sociopolitical implications of this redefinition. This investigation is pursued through an accumulation of evidence unveiling the multiple scales and media involved in these architectures, including documents, objects, projects, and built interventions. It will consider, for example, the relation of architecture to current pressing questions like refugeeism, migration and homelessness; new mediated forms of domesticity and foreignness; environmental displacements; tourism and the contemporary technologies and economies of sharing, among others.

On Residence is structured around five areas:
  • Technologies of a Life in Transit
  • Furnishing After Belonging
  • Markets and Territories of the Global Home
  • Borders Elsewhere
  • Sheltering Temporariness
The On Residence program will be explored through the exhibition After Belonging: On Residence at the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture (DOGA), a conference, and a publication released for the Triennale’s opening. for more information

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JANUARY 10, 2016

Monocle’s “The Globalist” considers After Belonging as one of the architectural events to look at during 2016.

DECEMBER 7, 2015

Final Review of the After Belonging Seminar at Columbia GSAPP with Ivan Lopez Munuera and Jessica Ngan.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Deadline for the International Call for Associated Projects.

NOVEMBER 25, 2015

“Transatlantic Routes,” a conversation between Fabrizio Gallanti and After Belonging in “The Tomorrow.”

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Deadline for the International Call for Intervention Strategies.

NOVEMBER 13, 2015

Marina Otero presents After Belonging at the “State of Architecture Biennials and Triennials” at Columbia GSAPP

NOVEMBER 11, 2015

Ignacio G. Galán presents After Belonging at “Beyond Ownership,” Berlin Lab of the International Federation of Housing and Planning.

OCTOBER 14, 2016

Carlos Mínguez presents After Belonging at the Conference on Culture and Migration, EU’s National Institutes for Culture, Oslo.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Norway’s Prime Minister attends After Belonging launch at Storefront.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

See the Launch of the Call for Intervention Strategies at Storefront.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

“Reading Images: After Belonging.” Launch of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York Link

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

After Belonging Launches International Call for Intervention Strategies and Associated Projects in DOGA, Oslo.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Carlos Mínguez and Lluís A. Casanovas present After Belonging at Oslo Urban Arena

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

Marina Otero presents “Maritsa’s Fluid Condition,” a project by Merve Bedir and After Belonging for One Architecture Week Plovdiv.

JUNE 15, 2015

Publication of “Borders Elsewhere. After Belonging and the Spaces of a Life in Transit,” with the in KOTE 6: Grenser [Borders].

JUNE 6, 2015

After Belonging Agency interviewed in Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

JUNE 1, 2015

Alejandra Navarrete, Ignacio G. Galán and Marina Otero at the After Belonging Nordic Seminar in Oslo, with local experts and institutions.

AUGUST 12, 2015

After Belonging receives a Grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.

JANUARY 28, 2015

After Belonging presents the concept for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 at DoGA

DECEMBER 7, 2014

Lluís A. Casanovas, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez, Alejandra Navarrete, Marina Otero selected Chief Curators of Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016.

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