The Nordic Pavilion studies the combined role of Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish architecture following East Africa’s liberation in the 1960s and 70s. Curated by the National Museum in Norway, ‘Forms of Freedom’ is a wonderful documentation of how, through a shared belief in progress, Nordic architects worked with the leaders of Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia to build a new future based on the modernisation of these new African states. The exhibit features a series of walls, each filled with contemporary photography and documentaries. The walls acting as pages of a chronological storybook, charting the region’s architectural history as it unfolded.
The United States tackled the theme by taking a retrospective of how American architecture has been exported around the world in the past 100 years. Curated by Storefront director Eva Franch, MIT architecture professor Ana Miljacki and Praxis co-founder Ashley Schafer, ‘OfficeUS’ presents an archive of over 1000 U.S. architectural projects around the world, collectively offering a broader narrative of US modernisation and its global reach.