ON THE PHENOMENON OF PLATFORM URBANISM
The focus of PLATFORM AUSTRIA is platform urbanism, a phenomenon that marks one of the most important upheavals in recent history in terms of the design of our environment and its architecture. It concerns the changes that the rise of digital platforms is bringing to all the spheres of our lives – from living, working and learning to health, recreation and culture.
The pandemic we have been experiencing over the last months has clearly shown how heavily dependent we have become on platforms in our everyday lives and how much the use of platforms has changed our environment. Rather than an architectural history of heroes and villains, of good and evil, the contribution to the Biennale Architettura 2021 by curators Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer presents a series of analyses designed to inspire us to engage with and take part in these changes.
PLATFORM AUSTRIA, curated by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, addresses the fundamental yet often overlooked impact of digital technology platforms on contemporary architecture and urban development. It provides a forum for dozens of contributors from around the world to analyse the emerging typologies of platform urbanism by way of written texts, drawings, photographs, videos, podcasts and live debates. By turning the pavilion itself into a platform, the exhibition seeks to challenge the global monopoly exercised by platform enterprises over the imagination of our future habitats. Together, participants and visitors will give voice to new collective demands for a future architecture that WE LIKE.
PLATFORM AUSTRIA brings together the multiple strands of exchange between participants and visitors which take place throughout the duration of the Biennale Architettura 2021.
In the Austrian pavilion, blog contributions and photographs from more than fifty experts from around the world form part of two major installation pieces that highlight the interaction of economic and social forces in platform environments: ACCESS IS THE NEW CAPITAL – THE PLATFORM IS MY BOYFRIEND
THE EXHIBITION ALSO INCLUDES
THE COLLAPSE OF SCALE
Visual research about emerging typologies of platform urbanism produced by the Centre for Global Architecture
DATA IS A RELATION NOT A PROPERTY
Public debates with guest speakers from around the world scheduled to take place in late summer and autumn 2021
An open-access online portal for sharing and commenting on images of architectures, cities, and environments that we like:
Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer
Ross Exo Adams, Tom Avermaete, Lucia Babina, Jochen Becker, Daniel Cardoso Llach, Ofri Cnaani, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Peggy Deamer, Fairwork Project, Pedro Gadanho, Benjamin Gerdes, Stephen Graham, Orit and Tal Halpern, Owen Hatherley, Gabu Heindl, Leo Hollis, Into the Black Box, Andreas Kofler, Bernadette Krejs and Andrea Börner, Maros Krivy, Peter Lang, Mona Mahall and Asli Serbest, Jonathan Massey, metroZones, Sandro Mezzadra, Louis Moreno, Gerald Nestler and Sylvia Eckermann, Edgar Pieterse, Heidi Pretterhofer, Vyjayanthi Rao, Scott Rogers and Susan Moore, João Prates Ruivo, Saskia Sassen, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrio, Slutty Urbanism, Douglas Spencer, Matthew Stewart, Ravi Sundaram, Tiziana Terranova, This Machine Kills, Ignacio Valero, Matias Viegener, Alan Wiig, and the Centre for Global Architecture
photo: Centre for Global Architecture