“We should love our planet. It’s the only one with an ideal climate for human life. There is no planet B yet. If we love the Earth, we have to look after it."
This is the key message of the fourth edition of the Vienna Biennale, taking place in the Austrian capital from 28 May to 3 October 2021, with the themes of passion for our environment, ideas for change and collective responsibility for the future of our climate. Climate change has now become part of our daily lives, and like the pandemic, it requires a great international collective effort to find and implement solutions which can at least mitigate and slow down its disastrous effects.
"Vienna Biennale for Change 2021: Planet Love: Climate Care in The Digital Age” is a multidisciplinary event held at five different locations in the Austrian capital, organized by the MAK, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna Business Agency, as well as the KUNST HAUS WIEN as a new partner and the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university research partner. Through exhibitions, projects and events, the biennale illustrates the contribution architecture, design and art can make to a sustainable future inspired by “climate care” and “planet love”.
The Architekturzentrum Wien is one of the Vienna biennale locations, and on 3 and 4 September it will host the conference: Planet Matters. International experts from the realms of architecture, art, design, the environment and economics will form the conference’s four different panels (Eat Love, Circular Society, Land Matters and Natural Technology), to discuss our collective responsibility to halt, or at least mitigate, climate change.
In fact, a new approach to the planet and all of its species requires the application of a broad spectrum of knowledge. Therefore, interdisciplinary cooperation is needed, to produce ground-breaking solutions in the field of climate care, or at least to mitigate the effects of climate change. The most eagerly awaited, important contributions will be those of keynote speakers Anna Heringer, Honorary Professor UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures and Sustainable Development, and United States geo-engineer and specialist in environmental sustainability Holly Jean Buck.
German architect Anna Heringer’s contribution will focus on architecture as a tool for improving lives, as illustrated by her China Bamboo Hostels project, realized in 2016 in Baoxi, China. In the complex’s three buildings, the use of non-standardized local materials enables greater diversity while maintaining harmony with the surrounding urban and rural context. Moreover, traditional bamboo and mud construction techniques provided a challenge to the skills of local craftsmen and required a great deal of labor. This triggered a virtuous cycle with the creation of new jobs and the promotion of a fairer economy, which leaves most of the profit to the local community, thus helping to attenuate migratory drives and conserve our planet’s ecosystem.
Title: Planet Matters
Date: Fri 03.09. 15:00–20:15, Sat 04.09. 11:00–19:00
Location: Architekturzentrum Wien – Podium / Architekturzentrum Wien, Museumsplatz 1 1070 Vienna
Entrance fees: Admission free
Event held in English
Registration required for more information and programme: https://www.azw.at/en/event/planet-matters/
01 Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 Logo
02-07 PLANET MATTERS - A CONFERENCE AT THE ARCHITEKTURZENTRUM WIEN (AZ W)
02 Anna Heringer, China Bamboo Hostels, Baoxi, China, 2016 © Photograph: Julien Lanoo
03 Anna Heringer Portrait © Photograph: Achim Graf
04 Anna Heringer, Anandaloy, Rudrapur, Bangladesh, 2020 © Photograph: Stefano Mori
05 Anna Heringer, Anandaloy, Rudrapur, Bangladesh, 2020 © Photograph: Kurt Hoerbst
06 Anna Heringer, Omicron Living Rooms, Vorarlberg, Austria, 2015 © Photograph: Stefano Mori
07 Holly Jean Buck © Photograph: private
all images courtesy of Architekturzentrum Wien and Vienna Biennale