Safe space

Client: Self-produced project, together with ROM
Status: Completed 2022
Typology: Curatorial: publication, podcast and exhibition
Pictures: Bùi Quý Sơn and Franz Holtschlag

Safe Space is an investigation taking the shape of a platform, on the meaning of diversity and representation in architecture, as well as the potentials of inclusive architectural education and practice in Norway. In public roundtable events with invited speakers we selected, Safe Space Collective hosted conversations that cover topics from representation of minorities in the field, to housing discrimination, environmental injustice, and queer architectural practices. It is a project by Safe Space Collectivean Oslo-based French-Vietnamese queer collective founded in August 2020 by Bùi Quý Sơn, Paul-Antoine Lucas and Armelle Breuil—in collaboration with ROM for kunst og arkitektur.

The project takes several shapes: we first set up an exhibition at ROM where we had a five weeks residency, researched and took contact with many potential contributors. We then recorded the Safe Space Podcast in situ, in a pod we designed. The last part of the project was the Safe Space Zine which were launched at ROM on October 29, 2021.

The project was made possible with the generous support of The Arts Council Norway (Kulturrådet)The Fritt Ord FoundationThe Art of Balance (Balansekunst)The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Architectopia, Borhaven Arkitekter, Hallstein, and many crowdfunders.

The Safe Space Podcast is available on all podcast platforms. The Safe Space Zine are now online on our website for open-source consultation.