What to expect: JAJA Architects at Oslo Architecture Triennale 2022

We’re exhibiting at this year’s Oslo Architecture Triennale and will therefore like to guide you through what to expect.

The exhibition takes place at the former Edward Munch Museum showcasing many different aspects of our Car Free(dom) project by inviting visitors into a room full of models, illustrations and green mobility visions.

Nieghbourhood models

For the exhibition, we have designed two models showing a typical residential street in before/after scenarios. Homaging the work of Swedish illustrator, Karl Jilg, the before-model highlights just how much space we give to cars. Instead of showing a traditional before-scenario that portrays the current situation, the before-model shows a darker version of a typical residential street with a large hole/ledge in the ground where the road is dedicated to cars.

The after-model, on the other hand, shows how streets can be transformed by expanding the width of pedestrian sidewalks, planting trees, containing equipment for the residents to play, creating permanent bicycle parking, balconies for ground floor residents, outdoor spaces and small gardens adjacent to the buildings.

1:1 Representations of a car

Behind the model sits two parklets kindly donated by Vestre. They sit in the centre of this exhibition as a 1:1 representation of the space taken up by a car. Each parklet is designed around the dimensions of a parking space and creates a starting point for a discussion on how we should allocate space in our cities’s streets.

Car Free(dom) in Oslo

In collaboration with Lala Tøyen and SWECO, we have prepared a version of the Copenhagen Car Free(dom) project for the Triennale featuring Streets of Oslo. We’ve made this to show how the concept can be adapted and implemented in all major cities and thus play a central part in our common CO2 reduction goal. (In Copenhagen, the main traffic roads are accountable for 80% of the total traffic-related CO2 emissions).

The project resurfaces rivers that currently run under Oslo to create traffic islands that foster sustainable mobility and create new spatial experiences within the city. It has been developed through a collaborative co-creation process involving several workshops with city actors such as the Oslo Municipality, Bymiljøetaten, BaneNor, Statens Vegvesen and Ruter.

Copenhagen Car Free(dom)

Our project Copenhagen Car Free(dom) is of course present at the Triennale as well, and via panels and illustrations, visitors get to see the project from different angles. The overall goal is to create increased housing quality and quality of life in Copenhagen while forming the basis for sustainable urban development.

In a time with increasing CO2 emissions and a need for healthy and livable environments, we hope our contribution to the Oslo Architecture Triennale will show how we can change our cities.