The exhibition presents a selection of outstanding entries from the competition Planetary Urbanism: Critique of the Present, hosted by ARCH+ with the support of the Federal Foreign Office. First stop of the exhibition is Quito, Ecuador, October 15th – 20th of October 2016, in the German Pavilion of the UN-HABITAT III Conference. Please find further informations here
We are living in the century of cities and urbanisation. Urban environments will become the main organisational form for almost all human societies, where almost all the future issues of humanity will be decided. The unstoppable progress of global urbanisation however raises more questions than we can currently answer. Does the process of urbanisation manifest itself in characteristic attributes, recognisable patterns in different parts of the world? Are the environmental effects comparable? Are the causes of migration comparable? And what are the downsides of the urbanisation process, i.e., what happens to the rural regions left behind? Urbanisation overturns all traditional structures, but is it in fact a process that is open to general analysis, which can be conceptually defined, or does it come in diverse singular movements that can only be interpreted empirically?
Planetary Urbanism is the bilingual publication of the competition which was launched in 2015 as the second „Critique of the Present“ competition after the first competition Out of Balance in 2012. Planetary Urbanism is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, and in consultation with the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). The publication is indentical to ARCH+ 223.
Submissions for the competition were received from 125 teams with a total of 386 participants from 31 countries. Through the selected 50 entries based on concrete empirical examples in the medium of information design, this publication demonstrates the framework conditions that change as a result of the urbanisation process and which account for the transformation of urban life. Please find the results here
Call for Entries
The detailed call was adressed to
Designers from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, statistics, cartography, photography, film and the visual arts
Scientists from the fields of art and cultural theory, art education, information and communication sciences, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and geosciences
Students from both of the above fields.
Cooperation between designers and scientists in interdisciplinary teams was recommended.
Please find the call here