Planet in crisis. Earth in the emergency room. Man-made ecological and social disasters threaten to make the planet uninhabitable. The situation is critical and dominated by the interests of capital, architecture and urbanism are caught up in the crisis. The exhibition “Critical Care” shows how architecture and urbanism can help to repair the future and keep the planet alive with its inhabitants. The exhibition “Critical Care” is a plea for a new attitude: for architecture and urbanism in which care is taken. 21 recent examples from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the USA and Latin America demonstrate that architecture and urban development do not have to submit to the dictates of capital and the exploitation of resources and labor. In each of the projects, the relationships between economy, ecology and work are redefined. There are many different types of carers. Activists, lawyers, anthropologists, Artists, but also city administrations and companies work with the architects and planners. Care is always taken in concrete terms, the starting point is the specific local conditions, as the exhibition shows, including earthquake-proof and sustainable village development in China, flood protection through traditional low-carbon construction techniques in Pakistan and Bangladesh, the varied conversion of modernist buildings in Brazil and Europe, an ecological one Community Land Trust in Puerto Rico, the revitalization of historic irrigation systems in Spain, new concepts for public spaces and mixed urban areas in Vienna, London and Nairobi. The “Critical Care” exhibition shows how architecture and urbanism ensure that the planet is revived. The repair of the future has started.

Exhibition architecture

Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny

Land in sight

Alexander Schuh

April 25 – September 9, 2019

Az W Architekturzentrum Wien