Architecture of Utopia

Project presentation and podium discussion | Institute for Architectural Theory, Art and Cultural Sciences, Graz University of Technology

24.10.2014 19:00


In cooperation with the Institute for Architectural Theory, Art and Cultural Sciences, Graz University of Technology

Podium discussion with Eilfried Huth, Daniel Gethmann, Petra Eckhard, Ana Jeinic, Michael Hieslmair, Katrin Bucher Trantow

Concept: Petra Eckhard, Daniel Gethmann, Ana Jeinic, Michael Hieslmair

 

 


Every architectural design contains a utopian aspect, in which it depicts the ideal model of a social-spatial form as yet not in existence. The utopian dimension of design has, however, been increasingly neglected since the 1970s.

In view of the global environmental and economic crises, a new demand has now arisen for utopian visions of alternative lifestyles: the imaginative potential of architecture is highly sought after in this process. The exhibition gathers independent designs of modern architectural, utopian thinking, finding the right setting for this in the biomorphic Kunsthaus Graz.

 

With works by:

Yan Ting Au, Alexandru Dan, Julian Gatterer, Anna J. Grill, Emilian Hinteregger, Maida Hodzic, Claudia M. Höhenberger, Maria Huber, Lukas B. Jakober, Gabriela Kammerhofer, Alwin Moser, Catherine Papst, Martina Strauß, Josef M. Tischler, Ching Kwong Wu, Jakob Zöbl

 

After the opening, a podium discussion is devoted to utopia in architecture, and to changes in utopian visions since the 1960s. Thus, possibilities offered by materials have rapidly advanced in recent decades, allowing the practical realisation of ideas once considered utopian.

 

Podium discussion with Eilfried Huth, Daniel Gethmann, Petra Eckhard, Ana Jeinic, Michael Hieslmair, Katrin Bucher Trantow

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