Post-Oil City in Yokohama

Geschrieben am 29.08.2011
Kategorie(n): ARCH+ news, ARCH+ 196/197, Post-Oil City, UIA-Kongress

The English version of the exhibition Post-Oil City will make its debut during the UIA congress in Tokyo. The opening will take place September 26, 6 .p.m., at Minatomirai subway station in Yokohama with a guided tour by Anh-Linh Ngo, editor of ARCH+ and co-curator of Post-Oil City.

The accompanying catalogue is now avaible in English: Post-Oil City – The History of the City's Future. 120 pages with an extensive collection of images, essays, and project presentations, 19 Euro.

Poster_POC_Japan.jpg Japanese Poster of the exhibition "Post-Oil City" in Yokohama.

The exhibition “Post-Oil City. The History of the City’s Future” is a collaboration between the German Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa / Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations), and ARCH+, Zeitschrift für Architektur und Städtebau (Journal for Architecture and Urbanism). After stops in Stuttgart, Berlin, Wien, Alsdorf, and Zurich the exhibition has been translated into English and placed on the international exhibition program of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. From September 2011 on, the exhibition will be presented for 5 years in many different countries worldwide. 


At a time when more than half of the world’s population is living in cities, the effects of climate change on urban life can no longer be ignored. The exhibition “Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future,” as well as the accompanying catalogue edited by ARCH+, present innovative projects in Asia, Africa, and America that address urgent questions: How will the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy affect the process of urban planning and the city? How will the use of renewable energies affect urban metabolism and the politics of sustainability and mobility?

“Post-Oil City” is as much about the future as it is about the past. As indicated by the exhibition’s subtitle—“The History of the City’s Future”—every vision of the future is based on a vision of the past. By contrasting 11 current projects in the field of sustainable urban planning with 9 from the past, the exhibition aims to show that many of today’s developments have their roots in the urban utopias of mid-20th-century modernism. Today, urban planners are returning to these concepts and adapting them to the challenges posed by climate change, a limited supply of fossil fuels, economic recession, and global systemic crisis.

Urban planning provides a laboratory for social as well as ecological change. Some experiments discussed in “Post-Oil City” are Masdar City (Abu Dhabi), Xeriton (Dubai), and the NEST project in Ethiopia. Other examples of urban experimentation featured in the exhibition modify existing structures: creating a public transportation system in Curitiba’s inner city, renaturalizing New York’s High Line, and building a network of electric cars with battery switch stations in Israel. Raoul Bunschoten and his team at CHORA—a London architectural firm at the cutting edge of urban design—are currently pursuing several interactive projects giving communities on both sides of the Taiwan Strait the chance to directly experience new measures in urban design and energy production. The works of Studio Mumbai Architects demonstrate the way how a “slow” architecture that roots in local traditions can be translated into the language of modern construction.

Most of the projects are accompanied by computer animations and videoclips. The models of the Masdar Plaza and Xeritown give an idea of how sustainable urban planning in arab cities nowadays can look like.

Though different in method and scope, the projects presented in “Post-Oil City” all have something in common: they exemplify the combination of reason, innovation, and flexibility that we’ll need to make our cities and planet sustainable for the future.

The English version of the catalogue is now available:
Elke aus dem Moore; Iris Lenz; Nikolaus Kuhnert; Anh-Linh Ngo (Eds.): "Post-Oil City. The History of the City’s Future", ARCH+ Verlag GmbH, Stuttgart / Aachen 2011. ISBN 978-3-931435-18-9, 120 pages, 19 Euro.

POC-Covers.jpg Cover of the exhibition catalogue. Front and back cover sind gleichwertig und symbolisieren so den Zeitstrahl, auf der die Geschichte der Zukunft der Stadt angeordnet ist.

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