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Future Architecture Platform

Lectures, Discussion

Die „LandGespräche“ begleitend zur Ausstellung „LandLeben“ präsentieren in verschiedenen thematischen Panels AkteurInnen beispielhafter Projekte und Strategien aus Österreich und der Welt, die zu einer Neubelebung der ländlichen Gebiete beitragen, um damit zum Vordenken, Nachdenken und Mitmachen anzuregen. Die Panels werden aufgezeichnet und können online nachgeschaut werden.


The increasing migration from rural areas to the cities, which results in empty buildings and demographic change in village structures, is a global phenomenon not restricted to Austria or Styria – although the causes behind the development of course differ. The result is a diminishing infrastructure (doctors, schools, shops, public transport), which only speeds up the downward spiral. What possibilities and approaches can be used to slow down or even reverse this negative development? The exhibition shows selected examples of revitalisation in villages and rural municipalities developed with the support of architects, politicians and planners, and reveals different strategies used to successfully reactivate rural spaces.


The radical conceptual approach of Superstudio, a group of architects and artists that formed in Florence in 1966, made 20th-century architecture history with the design proposal The Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization (1969). The first and only constructed version of this design was realized in 1969 in Graz as part of the three-country biennial trigon 69: architektur und freiheit. 50 years after Superstudio responded to the zeitgeist of the 1960s with a criticism of the notions of progress that defined the era, artists and architects of a younger generation now examine the social conditions that accompanied the production and reception of Superstudio’s ideas.


The House of Architecture is hosting the Future Architecture Summer School 2018 in Graz. Ten international and austrian emerging architects who participated in the Call of the Future Architecture Platform were selected as tutors and invited to Graz for a two-week Summer School to work with 25 young people. The results of their work during the Summer School will be shown in an exhibition offering participants the opportunity to make their developed ideas and concepts accessible to a broader public.


The symposium Architecture After the Future is part of the eponymous exhibition at the House of Architecture in Graz. The primary goal of the conference is to enable the authors of the exhibited projects to present their work to the Graz public and explain the theoretical concepts underlying their architectural research and practice, thereby initiating a public discourse on architecture of the post-futurist era. In addition, in the last of the three lecture blocks, architectural researcher Michael Klein and philosopher Armen Avanessian will examine the possibilities of overcoming the current crisis of future-oriented imagination with a particular focus on architectural design and urban planning. The symposium will end with a round-table discussion moderated by art historian and architectural theorist Anselm Wagner.

Exhibition, Blog

According to social theorists, such as Marc Augé or Franco “Bifo” Berardi, we live in an age characterised by the collapse of the very idea of the future: In the last decades of the 20th century, with the repeated economic crisis, the discouraging reports to the Club of Rome – a group of experts from a wide range of disciplines – and the seemingly definite collapse of the socialist project, our belief in the future was irreparably shattered. Taking into account that the architectural project, in the conventional sense of the term, has always been a project of the future , the described situation must have had profound consequences for architecture as a discipline. The exhibition Architecture After the Future is based on the assumption that understanding and revealing these consequences presents a major task for the contemporary discourse on architecture and also a necessary prelude to the imminent debate on how to reintegrate the dimension of the future once again into the architectural and broader cultural imagination. The exhibition features eight contributions to Future Architecture Platform’s Call for Ideas 2016. Each of the eight projects selected by curator Ana Jeinić exemplifies a specific strategy for adapting architectural practice to the post-futurist cultural condition.