Liam Young, 17 10 12

Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be speaking at SUPERSTADT! (supercity) UTOPIA! UTOPIA! A symposium on the Future City in Linz, Austria on Thursday October 18th. You can watch the event live at Dorf TV. Also speaking will be Chicks on Speed, Red Park,  AMID CERO9 and many more. Curated by Sabine Pollak. 

Floating cities, artificial mountains, vertical farms and flying houses: Today, utopias are in fashion again. Like the early utopias, they respond to collapsing systems, are built on inhospitable territories and conceive structures freed from social constraints and gravity. Utopias transcend reality and permit its vehement criticism at the same time. In 1930, Buckminster Fuller predicted cosmic bankruptcy and offered houses using space technology in reply. The 1960s exhibited an ironic remodelling of technological progress, and the 1970s, in response to any economies whatsoever, an architecture of maximum pleasure gain. Towards the end of the 20th century, architectonic utopias increasingly disappeared, making room for a construction boom and a new pragmatism. Even without utopias, new cities grew, demanding fast concepts in global architecture. Utopic thinking was posited to be obsolete. Today’s utopias may have lost the criticism of the system, then again they are still meaningful. Climate change, disasters and social inequalities cannot be solved in the now, making a drifting-off into possibilities plausible. What to do in the future, with the cities, the landscape, the deserts and the sea?

Utopia, Utopia! congregates radical and questioning counterworlds of the yet impossible to build for tomorrow’s supercity. Architects show insane buildings, urbanists the city in a hundred years from now, artists present subversive counter models, men and women of letters enter fictional spaces and philosophers talk about the sense or nonsense of utopias.

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