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The City’s Future Natural History


Sandra Bartoli | Endowed Professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2017|18

When does a human-constructed place go beyond the human, and how necessary is this transgression? To look at the built environment from the perspective of natural history allows one to explore the city as a system and construct of the natural and human together; furthermore it introduces the notion of the city (of tomorrow) as a producer of resources, and not as the machine of consumption we are used to assuming. In the logic consequence of the Anthropocene (the epoch of ecological collapse and mass extinction we currently live in), once the alleged antagonism between city and nature is dissolved, the urgency arises for models of constructed environments that conceive of human and more than-human creatures as equal and mutually dependent.

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The City’s Future Natural History


Sandra Bartoli | Endowed Professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2017|18

This series is composed of five lectures in 2017|18:

Lecture_1: 30.10. | Tiergarten, Landscape of Transgression

Lecture_2: 13.11. | Sun, Shit, Compost, and Air

Lecture_3: 27.11. | Worlds of Animals and Humans

Lecture_4: 11.12. | The City's Ecology: Dirt and the Garbage Tree

Lecture_5: 15.01. | The City's Natural History



all lectures start at 7pm

Room AU01.1.15A / 1st floor, core N
Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna

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The City’s Natural History, Now and Tomorrow


Sandra Bartoli | Endowed Professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2017|18

Sandra Bartoli is a cofounder, with Silvan Linden, of the Büros für Konstruktivismus in Berlin. As a practice of architecture and research, an attention for high resolution and raw context, both found and constructed, is exercised. An example is the ongoing publishing series Architektur in Gebrauch (Architecture in use), started by the office in 2014, in which “use” is explored as an aesthetic category that informs the development and transformation of space and the city.

Bartoli’s research focuses on sites of the entanglement of nature and city, such as the Tiergarten in Berlin, a transgressive example of place which leads to new definitions and models of what is “urban” under the challenge of the Anthropocene. Her book Tiergarten: Landscape of Transgression, co-edited with Jörg Stollmann after the international symposium of the same title, also conceived and organized by Bartoli at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in 2015, will be released at the end of 2017 with Park Books.

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The City’s Natural History, Now and Tomorrow


Sandra Bartoli | Endowed Professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2017|18

In 2017, Bartoli with Marco Clausen, Silvan Linden, Åsa Sonjasdotter and Florian Wüst were granted funding from the ngbk, Berlin for the research and exhibition project Archaeologies of Sustainability—Leberecht Migge and the Sun-Island, which will be realized in 2019. Bartoli is the author of the book Tiergarten (60 pages, 2014) and co-author of the book La Zona – Index (ngbk, 2012), published after the same-titled cocurated exhibition at the ngbk in 2012. She is the copublisher of Die Planung / A Terv (2007), a magazine dated in the future (funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Secretariat for Future Studies, Bonn).

From 2015 to 2017 she was Visiting Professor at the Master’s Program of Architecture & Urban Studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nuremberg and from 2009 to 2015, she was Research Associate at the Department of Urban Design at the Technical University of Berlin.