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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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28.05. –

Az W / Exhibitions


A international conference at the Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien

A new attitude to the planet and all its inhabitants, as addressed by the VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2021 under the title PLANET LOVE, requires collaboration between a wide range of disciplines.

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28.05. –

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier / Exhibitions


Discursive event series by the Kunsthalle Wien

The relationship between technology and nature is mostly based on a logic of extraction facilitated by colonial legal mechanisms and late capitalism. A series of discursive events organized by the Kunsthalle Wien will aim at rethinking the notion of technology by shifting from mere apprehension of nature toward close attention to it.

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

MAK / Exhibitions


(working title)

Through the lens of literature (Climate Fiction), fine artists explore the possible impact of the climate crisis and pandemic outbreaks in CLIMATE PANDEMICS.

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

MAK / Exhibitions


The Soil and Water Residency

The exhibition FOSTER presents new works developed by the artists who participated in the project Foster: The Soil and Water Residency in 2020. It was initiated by the artist Angelika Loderer during the coronavirus crisis in a self-harvest garden in Vienna.

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Superflux, After the Fire © Superflux
28.05. –

MAK / Exhibitions

A new commission by SUPERFLUX

In this immersive installation commissioned by the MAK exclusively for the VIENNA BIENNALE 2021, Superflux transports visitors to a more-than-human vision of a post-anthropocentric future.

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Hut & Stiel – Die Wiener Pilzkultur, 2015 © Freunde von Freunden/Philipp Forstner
28.05. –

MAK / Exhibitions


Tomorrow’s Food and Food Spaces

The biennale project EAT LOVE: Tomorrow’s Food and Food Spaces contemplates what and where we will eat in the future. Building on the over-arching theme of the biennale, PLANET LOVE, the project explores the creative and innovative possibilities for the future of food and table culture, the transformation of our foodstuffs and forms of nutrition, new means of production, and the places where we consume.

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

KUNST HAUS WIEN / Exhibitions


Landscape Painting

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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Living and non-living things, 1966–2020 © Nkrumah Voli
28.05. –

AIL Postsparkasse / Exhibitions


(Working title)

The exhibition ECOLOGIES AND POLITICS OF THE LIQUID, SOLID AND GLOWING (working title) aims not only to look at climate care from a technological and design-oriented perspective, but also to take into account ecological relationships and their political implications, especially with
regard to (neo)colonial and capitalist structures in the Global South.

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

MAK / Exhibitions


Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures

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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