© Sandra Bartoli

Sun, Shit, Compost, and Air

Lecture Sandra Bartoli | 13.11.2017 | 19h | IKA Augasse

This lecture takes as a starting point the work of the German landscape architect Leberecht Migge (1881–1935). Migge was one of the first to consider the house garden as a core element in the planning of the city as a large system of recycling. Reflecting upon Migge’s ideas, the lecture will continue by touching on different examples and thought-models that span the centuries and continue to the contemporary moment.

In the context of Germany, the present discussion about “sustainable” city planning is strictly focused on topics of energy provision and the reduction of its consumption, of mobility (city bikes, public transport), and of process optimization (the smart city, big data). But what is missing is a general understanding of the life cycles of the city, which also include animals, plants, and bacteria. An understanding of this would reframe the city as a construct that produces energy and resources, instead of a mere machine of consumption. Here, the “classic” dualisms of city and countryside, human culture and nature, human history and natural history, are exchanged with the notion of the city as a living place for all species together.



Sun, Shit, Compost, and Air

Sandra Bartoli | Lecture Series 2017|18

The City’s Future Natural History | Winterterm 2017|18
Sandra Bartoli holds the Endowed Professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, funded by the City of Vienna.

The endowed professorship for Visionary Forms of Cities (“City Culture and Open Space“) financed by the City of Vienna, was installed in 2015 within the study programs of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. It has the objective to artistically, radically and poetically bring forward the debate on city and architecture. The teaching and research beholden with the endowed professorship focuses on the formulation of radical and visionary concepts regarding urban space. A further goal is to intensify the exchange of ideas and knowledge transfer between the city of Vienna and the Institute for Art and Architecture.



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 and Human Histories


all lectures start at 7pm

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