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Vienna 3000 Can you see the Superfuture?


BArch 6 Studio: Geography Landscapes Cities

Hannes Mayer | Daniela Herold

 

Until the year 2000 projects related to future developments were often labelled as 2000. Still in the Nineties, the millennium meant future. Since then, much has changed. Little time passed and the new millennium showed serious signs of teething troubles.

While architecture is highly dependent on money, conceptualising both architecture and the city within an academic realm should allow for freedom and optimism as an alternative to the outer gloom. However, obsessed with the idea of turning our thoughts into buildings quickly, the reality of restrictive budgets permeates the criteria for design reviews. Thus, a condition no one welcomes starts to define the future. »Adequate« and »appropriate« become words of appraisal and design excellence without clarifying their reference.

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Vienna 3000 Can you see the Superfuture?


BArch 6 Studio: Geography Landscapes Cities

Hannes Mayer | Daniela Herold

 

We should ask: If we judge our thoughts by the condition of today, are they adequate for the condition of tomorrow? The City of Vienna defines its future of the built environment on two levels: Its urban master-plan called Step 2025 and its overarching strategy Smart City Vienna with its target year 2050. Development and change is frequently defined by targets and percentages. Therefore, is 2050, being only 35 years ahead of us, too close to break from the thinking in increments? Whether 3% or 15% of all cars are electric and therefore emit neither noise nor pollutants make a difference for the environment but little difference for the built environment. But should all cars suddenly fall silent, the city will change. While we can debate whether this will happen until 2050 we can be certain that the world will be a different one in the year 3000. Vienna of the far future will always remain hidden to us. Yet, if we start to speculate, no one will proof us wrong for the next 984 years. A smart calculation and enough freedom to go and make the most out of our creative energy.

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