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© Rademacher / de Vries Architects
09.12. –

Az W / Collateral Projects

Land for Us All

Exhibition at the Az W

The earth's surface is a finite resource, and soil is our most precious commodity. Careless or capital-driven treatment of this resource has massively changed the shape and function of our towns and villages in recent decades.

The earth's surface is a finite resource, and soil is our most precious commodity. Careless or capital-driven treatment of this resource has massively changed the shape and function of our towns and villages in recent decades. In view of the threat of a climate catastrophe and rising housing prices, the question arises as to whether the current path, with maximum compromises and minimum adaptation, is still sustainable. An extensive and couragous land policy is called for, where is it?

The progressive urban sprawl of the countryside has been the subject of discussion for decades. Meanwhile, everybody in Austria could be housed in the single-family homes that already exist 1), although yet more land is still being approved for building on, new shopping centres are going up on greenfield sites and whole chalet villages in the Alps. Progressive sealing of the surface is contributing to the climate crisis and endangering food security. Speculation with land is increasing housing prices and leading to a creeping privatisation of public space. Weak or unenforced spatial planning regulations, a partly misguided tax law and subsidy system, and a despondent policy perpetuate the status quo instead of developing a vision for the future.

The exhibition explains the political, legal and economic background clearly and vividly, critically and sometimes inadvertantly absurdly. How does rural land become building land? Why is the price of land rising? What does all this have to do with our lives and dreams? Case studies and explanations of the relevant terminology bring light into the thicket of responsible agents involved. International comparisons illustrate strengths and weaknesses, international examples of best practice show alternative approaches. A collection of existing and feasible new tools points the way to spatial planning that conserves land as a resource, mitigates climate change, helps with housing issues and facilitates good architecture. We are all being called upon to think and act along new lines — and this exhibition is preparing the way.
1) With an average of 4.16 people per house (8,837,707 inhabitants in 2,123,597 detached and semi-detached houses). Source: Statistik Austria, status 2018

The ‘Land for Us All’ exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated catalogue with essays by: Saskia Sassen, Gerhard Senft, Vandana Shiva, Robert Temel and Gerlind Weber. Available at the Az W Shop, or may be ordered directly from
Language: German
Editors: Karoline Mayer, Katharina Ritter and Angelika Fitz, Architekturzentrum Wien
published by Park Books
Book design: Manuel Radde & LWZ; illustrations: LWZ
Curators: Karoline Mayer & Katharina Ritter, Az W
Assistance: Lisa Gallian, Christina Kirchmair

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Collective Action Viewer 01 © University of Applied Arts Vienna
27.05. –

Karlsplatz / Exhibitions

Collective Action Viewer

Interactive and participatory media sculpture at Karlsplatz

Most people are relatively unaware of the consequences of global climate change, because it will take some time before their daily lives will be directly affected. For this reason, the artists will present their work Collective Action Viewer to render visible and help us understand the impact of climate change.

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Kerstin von Gabain, leek (human thigh bone), 2020 © Kerstin von Gabain
28.05. –

MAK / Exhibitions


A MAK exhibition

The exhibition CLIMATE PANDEMICS: Dark Euphoria takes science fiction literature, specifically climate fiction, as a starting point for artistic reflection.

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Key Visual for FOSTER © Process – Studio for Art and Design
28.05. –

MAK / Exhibitions

FOSTER. The Soil and Water Residency

A MAK exhibition

The exhibition FOSTER presents newly developed works by artists who participated in the project Foster – The Soil and Water Residency, initiated by Angelika Loderer in 2020.

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Superflux, After the Fire © Superflux
28.05. –

MAK / Exhibitions


A MAK exhibition

In this immersive installation, commissioned by the MAK exclusively for the VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2021, Superflux transports visitors into a vision of a post-anthropocentric future no longer determined by humans alone.

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Studio Mobil Think Tank Station © urbanthinktank next Hubert Klumpner Michael Walczak
28.05. –

MAK / Exhibitions

EAT LOVE: Tomorrow’s Food and Food Spaces

A joint project by the Vienna Business Agency and the MAK

At the Vienna Business Agency, everything in 2020/21 revolves around how we want to eat. Under the motto “Let's talk food”, the VBA is analysing the entire food cycle – from the fields to the shops and, finally, to our plates – to explore how urban food supplies might look in future.

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Ines Doujak, aus der Serie landraub, 2019 © Ines Doujak
28.05. –

KUNST HAUS WIEN / Exhibitions

INES DOUJAK: Landscape Painting

An exhibition by the KUNST HAUS WIEN

For her exhibition project Landscape Painting, the artist Ines Doujak is working with natural materials collected and archived from Vienna and Lower Austria: dried plants, mushrooms, seeds, pulverized flowers, leaves, berries, wood, ash, clay, stones, and sand.

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Uriel Orlow, Theatrum Botanicum - Imbizo Ka Mafavuke, 2017, Credit: Austin Malema
28.05. –

AIL Postsparkasse / Exhibitions

Ecologies and Politics of the Living

An exhibition by the University of Applied Arts Vienna / Angewandte Innovation Lab

The exhibition "Ecologies and Politics of the Living" explores the relationship between animate and inanimate environments, against the backdrop of a politically and economically interwoven world – primarily from southern perspectives.

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Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher-Panorama II, 2018, Courtesy Beck & Eggeling © Thomas Wrede/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
28.05. –

MAK / Exhibitions

CLIMATE CARE: Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures

A MAK exhibition

CLIMATE CARE. Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures is the MAK's comprehensive, interdisciplinary main contribution to the VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2021.

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Nathalie Koger, „Die Konferenz der Tiere, revisited“ (Work in progress), 2021, Videostill, Courtesy The Golden Pixel Collaborative. © Bildrecht Wien, 2021
10.06. –

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz / Exhibitions

Space for Kids. Footprints in a Sea of Data

Space for Kids is a continuously evolving and interactive exhibition format that aims to meet the needs and perspectives of children, while also offering adults a fascinating and participatory frame of reference.

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Patricia Domínguez, La Balada de las Sirenas Secas, 2020, film still

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A discursive event series by the Kunsthalle Wien in context of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021

The relationship between technology and nature is mostly based on a logic of extraction facilitated by colonial juridical mechanisms and late capitalism.

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© EOOS NEXT/Process – Studio for Art and Design
23.06. –

MAK / Exhibitions


Towards a Circular Society

Let’s use digital innovations to protect the Earth and its resources!

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Anna Heringer, China Bamboo Hostels, Baoxi, China, 2016 © Photograph: Julien Lanoo
03.09. –

Az W / Exhibitions, Conference


A Conference at the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W)

A new approach to the planet and all of its species requires the application of a broad spectrum of knowledge.

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MAK / Collateral Projects

Climate Impact Day by Glacier – climate action made simple

Glacier's vision is to build the most effective global community for carbon reduction.

Glacier's vision is to build the most effective global community for carbon reduction. We take this complex problem and turn it into a super simple itinerary – a step-by-step guide for companies on their carbon reduction journey. It's science translated into actionable steps. It's saving the planet with the whole team on board.

Our annual flagship event, the Climate Impact Day, inspires and celebrates employee engagement. Companies tap into a large pool of modules, identify and implement solutions, and raise awareness for climate action. The event is accompanied by inspiring talks and presentations broadcasted live from the MAK.

Save the date: September 21, 2021

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