Inclusive Architecture

How does architecture contribute to the production of truly public spaces in the city today? What types of knowledge are needed, and are today's planning and decision-making processes suited for the design of socially inclusive public spaces in the city? Whose city is it really?

Jens Richter from Estudio Herreros will give the introductory talk to this Cities and Society seminar, followed by a panel discussion with invited architects and urban scholars.

People doing excercises on the roof top of the Oslo Opera House
Photo: Nicola Borgmann

In times of pervasive digitalization, migration and climate crisis, the creation of places to meet the other has become one of the most crucial tasks for architects. A new generation of public spaces and buildings is needed to facilitate inter-generational dialogue between different cultures, genders and environmental concerns. How can architecture be a facilitator and generator of a new culture of openness and inclusion, creating permeable enclaves as real social condensers and putting sustainable solutions into action? Looking at recent projects of their practice, Jens Richter will discuss how Estudio Herreros approaches these contemporary challenges that affect us all and how those concerns impact the architectural practice today. 

The lecture by Richter, approx. 45 min., starts at 14:20, after a short introduction. The panel debate starts after the lecture, and we have the time until 16:00. After a short comment from each of the panel members, there will be a discussion, and then the audience may participate.

Jens Richter
Photo: Javier Callejas

Jens Richter is partner at Estudio Herreros, award-winning architecture and urban design practice based in Madrid, New York and Mexico. Living between Madrid and Oslo, Jens is responsible to oversee the completion of the new Munch Museum in Oslo that is going to be opened in 2020. He has been assistant professor at AKH Kassel, Germany; the Aalto University of Helsinki; the Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in Chongqing and the Central Academy of Fine Arts of Beijing, both in China. Because of his rich trajectory, Jens is frequently invited as lecturer and critic in academic institutions that include Columbia University and other schools in Germany and Norway.

The panel

  • Hanna Dencik Petersson — Director, Oslo Architectural Triennale
  • Jonas Norsted — Architect, AtelierOslo
  • Jonny Aspen — Professor, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Fourth participant to be confirmed
  • Moderator: Per Gunnar Røe — Professor, University of Oslo


Published Feb. 6, 2020 10:00 AM - Last modified Feb. 11, 2020 9:37 AM