07.06 / Lecture

How to Save the Planet: Architectural Crisis Management

In her lecture, Angelika Fitz, a researcher and director at Az W Architekturzentrum Wien (Austria’s Architecture Museum), will speak about the revitalization of modernist housing stocks, re-invention of public spaces and zero-carbon building

The planet is in crisis. Man-made environmental and social catastrophes are threatening to render the planet uninhabitable. Dominated by the interests of capital, architecture and urbanism are caught up in the crisis, but they can also become part oft the solution: Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's grand dame of architecture, has developed lime and bamboo earthquake resistant homes; Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazilian Pritzker Prize winner, has turned an abandoned mall into a complex set of recreational facilities and services; while Lacaton & Vassal are fighting to turn a modernist district in Bordeaux into a resident-friendly environment.

In her lecture, Angelika will explore how architecture can contribute to repairing the future and keeping the planet and its inhabitants alive.

Angelika Fitz is a curator and director of the Az W Architekturzentrum Wien. Many of her curatorial projects are conceived as platforms for knowledge transfer and co-production. For example, as part of her recent project We-Traders. Swapping Cities for Crisis, residents of Lisbon, Madrid, Toulouse, Berlin, and Turin transformed abandoned urban and suburban areas into public spaces in an attempt to cope with the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Most recently, Fitz worked with Elke Krasny on the exhibition and publication Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet, co-published by Az W and MIT Press in 2019.

The event is organized with the support of The Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow.

The lecture will be held in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Russian. 

For accreditation contact pr@strelka.com.

english with simultaneous translation into Russian
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