Exhibition: Post-Oil City: The History of the Urban Future

Event Details

September 1—October 31, 2013, weekends 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Gateway City Arts
92-114 Race Street
Holyoke, MA 01004
United States
42° 12' 14.0868" N, 72° 36' 14.2524" W
Michael DiPasquale

At a time when more than half of the world’s population is living in cities, any solution for dealing with the effects of climate change and the end of development based on fossil fuels has to take city planning into account.

The exhibition “Post-Oil City: The History of the Urban Future,” presents 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?

By contrasting 11 current projects in the field of sustainable urban planning with 9 past ones, 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.

For more information about "Post-Oil City," visit the event's Facebook page or email Michael DiPasquale. The exhibition is on view Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. or throughout the exhibition period by appointment. Contact Michael to schedule your group event.

Exhibition presented by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), the Goethe-Institut Boston and the UMass Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning in cooperation with ARCH+ Berlin.

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