Can we still learn something about sustainability – something that lifts us out of the prejudice and conformities of current
policy and practice? Can we gain new insight by debating the various outcomes of sustainable architecture and urbanism?
The Triennale catalogue is a critical and playful investigation of sustainability’s influence on architecture over the last 70 years.
Everything from historical studies of green building practices to excess consumerism and waste, from ecology to new innovations,
are being investigated in new ways. Readers are invited to a thought-awakening, humorous and visual journey of one of our
times most used terms.
The catalogue, which is in English, contains texts and images provided by curators Rotor along with selected authors and guest writers.
The catalogue was published prior to the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2013. The editor is Helle Benedicte Berg, and graphic design is done
by NODE Oslo Berlin.
The book ‘Behind the Green Door – A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture Through 600 Objects
portrays the prevailing green wave in architecture and the many controversies that surround it.
Based on the Rotor’s acclaimed exhibition and research for the Oslo Architecture Triennale,
600 supposed sustainable objects are presented and discussed over 368 pages.
The book is enriched with comments from over 100 international experts.
Contributors: Rotor + 100 international experts
Publisher: Oslo Architecture Triennale
Price: NOK 239 (+ shipping and handling) / Euros 28 (+ shipping and handling)
“In popular consciousness there are two main camps in the sustainability debate: the moralists who want
us to forsake all pleasures, and the cynics who want to earn money on quick-fix technological solutions.
In Behind the Green Door, Rotor present a third position in the form of an undogmatic inquiry, open to all
the paradoxes and dilemmas of the contemporary crisis.”
Mari Hvattum, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
“Both as an exhibition and as a publication Behind The Green Door manages to pinpoint the contradictions
and dilemmas contained within the contemporary understanding of ‘sustainability’. It provides a most
appropriate reference for those of us interested in the continuous evolution of this term.”
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner, Snøhetta, Oslo, Norway