28.05. – 11.09.2022
Architecture for a planet in crisis.
Critical Care, an exhibition of the Architekturzentrum Wien, is an appeal for a new approach, for a caring architecture and urbanism. 21 current examples from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the USA and Latin America prove that architecture and urban development do not have to be subservient to the dictates of capital and the exploitation of resources and labour.
The exhibition “Critical Care” curated by Elke Krasny and Angelika Fitz (Architecture Center Vienna) is a plea for a new attitude of “careful” in architecture and urbanism.
Reviving the planet
The relationships between economy, ecology and work are redefined in each of these projects. The instigators of this care are extraordinarily diverse groups of people: activists, lawyers, anthropologists, artists, but also city councils and companies, working together with architects and planners. Care is always concrete, the specific local conditions are the starting point, as the exhibition shows, including earthquake-proof and sustainable village development in China, flood protection through traditional low-carbon building techniques in Pakistan and Bangladesh, the diverse conversion of modernist buildings in Brazil and Europe, an ecological community land trust in Puerto Rico, the revitalisation of historical irrigation systems in Spain, new concepts for public spaces and mixed urban districts in Vienna, London and Nairobi.
The exhibition Critical Care shows how architecture and urbanism are helping to revive the planet. The repair of the future has begun.