Following the two kick-off events of PLATFORM AUSTRIA at Architekturzentrum Wien and the University of Applied Arts Vienna and events at vai Vorarlberger Architektur Institut, Architektur Haus Kärnten, Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, the curators of the Austrian contribution to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2020, continue their programme with a lecture at House of Architecture Graz.
Digital platforms have become part of everyday life. They effortlessly promise us the ability to lead a selfdetermined, efficient and exciting life. However, their triumphant march across the globe is causing the disappearance of not only “outdated” infrastructure but also the forms of social organisation and relationships associated with them. This shift in values is particularly evident in the current planning of new urban neighbourhoods. Who will determine the relationship between public and private spheres in the future? What purpose do cities serve? Is everything, including architecture, now being driven by the provision of quick pleasures?
These are the questions posed by the project PLATFORM AUSTRIA developed by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer. The point of departure here is the observation that the direct and indirect collaboration of users, the number of whom should be as large as possible, forms a crucial resource in the development of platforms. It follows that we as users should assert our right to a wide-ranging discussion about our role in this new form of urban production.
Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer give an insight into the topic of the Austrian contribution “Platform Urbanism”.
We would like to thank House of Architecture for the cooperation and are looking forward to seeing you in Graz!