Im Bestand: Past Futures

In the late 60s, design had its peak as a political and transformative tool. The 1967 Montreal Expo presented ambitious projects like Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, Frei Otto’s cable net structure, Moshe Safdie’s Habitat, and Gorazd Čelechovský’s Etarea. Visions between political emancipation and cybernetic control. The opening ceremony was celebrated by many who became part of the theme: how they/we want(ed) to live together. The main players kept on designing until the late 70s. Many of their ideas still seem relevant today, some never realized, most forgotten.

Yet, what was possible then should be even more possible now! Do we really believe it? History plays a role when it tells us a story about the future. We can use it as a framework to confirm those who already occupy positions of power. We must make present the trigger of another future using history as a guide. Collectively, a search for models from the past which work in the future is to be made. What are the real stories behind them? How can one update them? How can they become architectural arguments for the future we envision?

Digital Identity
Future History
Grand Hotel Metropolis
Legal Squatting
Many Plus
Mobile Immobile
Natural Saviour
Political Nature
Productive City Spaces
Sexy Bureaucracy
Social Villa Bonus
The Silk World
Urban Recycling