FUTURAMA REDUX – urban mobilits after cars and oil is an ongoing urban research and design project investigating the future of mobility beyond the use of fossil fuels. The project includes an exhibit, symposia, study tours and imagineering workshops. FUTURAMA REDUX opens a creative space to develop visions and articulate pathways for context-sensitive post-carbon transition.
FUTURAMA REDUX asks how a transition to fossil-fuel-free mobility might foster sustainability, resilience, and security while improving quality of life. FUTURAMA REDUX builds on a backcasting scenario for fossil-fuel free mobility in the year 2050 and a related interdisciplinary process of imagineering to develop pathways for postcarbon urban development.
FUTURAMA REDUX argues that a shift beyond fossil fuels is necessary and vital for maintaining resilient urban environments and presents models of living and mobility that require no fossil-fuel energy input.
Exhibition views: Center for Architecture and Design, Seattle. 2017-2018. Images: Trevor Dykstra & Kenneth B Winnick.
FUTURAMA REDUX is simultaneously inspired by and a critique of the original Futurama exhibit from the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. It follows a backcasting approach to develop a best-case thought experiment that moves the present-day to 2050, when Vienna has become a leading city in post-carbon transition. But rather than providing a prescriptive vision of a simple solution to complex problems, the exhibition proposes a multifaceted loop of consideration, experimentation, participation, and adaptation.
The exhibition has been shown at the following venues accompanied by various events and publications:
Center for Architecture and Design. Seattle, Washington, USA.7 December 2017 – 17 February 2018. Full exhibition in updated version (see documentation below). In cooperation with the American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter.
Almaty, Kazakstan.16-17 November 2017. Showing of exhibition excerpt during final conference organized by the UNDP-GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport”.
Seattle Central Library. Seattle, Washington, USA.8 – 16 September 2017. Full exhibition within the community program of Seattle Design Festival. In cooperation with Coltura, DLR Group and Seattle Public Library. Seattle Central Library created a visitors count documenting about 2000 visitors during the showing.
Technical Museum Nikola Tesla. Zagreb, Croatia.11 - 18 March 2017. Full exhibition. In cooperation with Sindikat Biciklista, Technical Museum Nikola Tesla and Greenpeace Croatia.
United Nations Habitat III Conference. Quito, Ecuador. 15 - 20 October 2016. Exhibition Excerpt. In cooperation with HealthBridge Foundation of Canada.
City Gallery, Hong Kong, China. 31 September – 16 October 2016. Full exhibition and symposium within European Union Academic Programme’s Urban Innovations series. Partners: Austrian Consulate General Hong Kong, Hong Kong Planning Department, City Gallery Hong Kong, City of Vienna, World Urban Campaign, Low Carbon City Forum
Future Urban Mobility Day of Stadtwerke Wien. Vienna, Austria.2 May, 2016. Full exhibition.
United Nations Habitat III Regional Meeting for Europe and North America. Prague, Czech Republic.16 – 18 March 2016. Exhibition Excerpt.
Urban Future Global Conference. Graz, Austria.2 - 3 March, 2016. Exhibition Excerpt.
VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2015. Vienna, Austria.25 September – 4 October 2015. Initial exhibition, version 1.0.