The Berlage

Final Presentation

Final Presentation Week

Project Global: Water

This event will present the results of the spring 2021 "Project Global: Water" course.

Project Global, led by Filip Geerts and Sanne van den Breemer, engages with the metropolitan condition understood as a system of systems. The metropolitan metabolism privileges a technocratic lens if it is to reveal its systemic secrets. Exhausting this technocratic understanding becomes a necessary a priori examination in order to reveal the niches where architecture is uniquely able to contribute to issues pertaining to urban resilience, or not. Contemporary calls for systemic shifts, regarding climate change and improving resilience in the face of amongst other things the effects of real such climate change—not just the mitigating actions to avert it—monopolize the contemporary relationship between architecture and the city.

Project Global deals with pairs of cities. On the one hand, a ’model’ metropolis is introduced to serve as an index for investigation, in the form of a European metropolis: Paris, Vienna, Berlin. This year, Vienna will be dealt with as a ‘model’ to introduce the thematic of water. Last year Paris was a ‘model’ to introduce the thematic of power. Vienna is understood, just as the other ‘model’ cities in last year’s and next year’s Project Global incarnations, as an intended metropolis, having gone through a well-documented transformation into a settlement paradigm that self-consciously privileges its systemic identity: the metropolis as a project, which will be indexed in a lexicon. After neutralizing all traces of eurocentrist bias, the global metropolis—this year Mexico City, last year Tokyo, and next year Johannesburg—becomes the situation to both interrogate the model in the form of an atlas and the context for the project.

Image: Fragment of mural, "The Great City of Tenochtitlan," by Diego Rivera, 1945,