Today, in the year 2038, we have mastered the great crises. It was close, but we made it. The global ecological, social and economic disasters of the 2020s brought people, states, institutions and companies together. They committed themselves to fundamental rights and jointly created viable, adaptable systems and legal frameworks on a planetary basis, giving decentralized, local structures the space to maintain and create highly diverse models of co-existing. Technology and big data helped us to turn new and old ideas into reality. And often architects were part of the solution because they had answers instead of coming up with more questions. Drama is now history. We live in a radical democracy, in a radical bureaucracy. On a planet that doesn't know or need heroes or villains.

German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia


architecting time & space
"Any idea you have about the future cannot be the future, because the future is by definition what exceeds your ideas."
Mark Wigley, 2038

+++ Find first perspectives from 2038 in the collaborative edition of the street journal Arts of the Working Class. So keep your eyes out and support the street vendors or find out online where else to buy the newspaper. +++

"Architecture functions in a feedback loop with reality: based on real-time data, such as the availability of resources, the needs of a (local) community and the management of social consequences."
Cedric Libert, 2038

+++ Even though architects and urbanists have often been as perplexed as any other explorer of these new territories, they [...] provide a meta-offering to the allied disciplines – forms with which to design or actually manipulate them. +++

Keller Easterling, Frieze

Juliana Rotich, 2038

"This is the future that is currently the present."
reconnecting ecosystems
"A designer is more like a gardener, deciding the direction and not the form, thinking of a process, of different possibilities of different futures."
Ferdinand Ludwig & Daniel Schönle, 2038

+++ The central premise is simple: the goal of economic activity should be about meeting the core needs of all but within the means of the planet. The “doughnut” is a device to show what this means in practice [...] recognize the need for national government and supranational authorities to get on board. +++

Daniel Boffey, The Guardian

„A new design has emerged: one that treats buildings as a raw material stock for the future.“
Sabine Oberhuber & Thomas Rau, 2038

+++ A circular economy is focused on designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems, so that we do not exhaust the resources of our planet. +++

Naoko Ishii & Frans van Houten, WEF

Caroline Nevejan, 2038

"Multi-species urbanism means everything has a voice. Animals and plants, you and I, we all have a voice and thus we have rights."
enacting disownership
"This new world exists only so long as transnational solidarity exists, allowing processes of cooperation and autonomous self-determination to keep unfolding."
Joanna Pope, 2038

+++ The crisis has shown us how little capitalism has done for so many people and that other ways of living and working are possible. +++

Kandist Mallett, Teen Vogue

"Today, private property is no longer a viable basis for social organization, neither in terms of the human social system, nor in terms of the environment."
Suhail Malik, 2038

+++ ISCA proposes a system where artists whose work and activities are not remunerated by the market are supported by a cooperatively owned platform that redistributes the spoils of art’s financialization. +++

JoĂŁo Enxuto & Erica Love, Artforum

"What we actually achieved was the development of a society not obsessed with competition."
Evgeny Morozov, 2038
decoding social relations
"This is what we call permanent BETA, a digital contract between individuals that is constantly updated and re-invented because it is never finished."
Diana Alvarez-Marin, 2038

+++ We know from social scientists that a diverse group of people can make very good decisions. We also know from a number of recent experiments that citizens can be called upon to make decisions on very tough policy issues, including climate change, and even to shape constitutions. +++

Federica Carugati, Wired

"Citizens' collective intelligence is part of the decision making processes that are happening at our town halls."
Francesca Bria, 2038

Audrey Tang, 2038

"The digital was crucial for finding better ways to facilitate dialogue and work toward common understandings between different actors and groups."


Andrés Arauz, Diana Alvarez-Marín, Lara Verena Bellenghi, Anne Katrin Bohle, Erik Bordeleau, Jakob Brandtberg Knudsen & Lorenz von Seidlein, Francesca Bria, Agnieszka Brzezanska, Marina Castillo Deball, Park Chan-sol, Kristof Croes, Ludwig Engel, Manuel Falkenhahn, Jan Fermon & Jonas Staal, Katrin Fritsch & Helene von Schwichow, Bar Gregoryan & Bee Haven, Olaf Grawert, Guerilla Architects, Dorothee Hahn, Ludger Hovestadt, Finley Hoxha, Jeanne Hu, Varuna Jael, Mitchell Joachim, Goda Klumbyte & Loren Britton, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, Lukas Kubina, Matylda Krzykowski, Foreign Legion, Samira Lenzin, Cédric Libert, Ferdinand Ludwig & Daniel Schönle, Lucy Lobster, Suhail Malik, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Renzo Martens, Evgeny Morozov, Caroline Nevejan, Aang Nkurunziza, Paulina Nolte, Sabine Oberhuber & Thomas Rau, Verena Otto, Wong Ping, Leonard Pongo, Joanna Pope, Christian Posthofen, Rebiennale / R3B & Giulio Grillo, Leif Randt, Christopher Roth, S.a.L.E. Docks, Attila Saygel, Jack Self, Audrey Tang, Cassie Thornton, Galaad Van Daele, Marlo Wang, Mark Wigley, Anna Yeboah

+++ Man kann sagen, dass dieser Pavillon einer der optimistischsten ist, die es je gab, eben weil nicht nur behauptet wird, dass man eventuell Ideen für mögliche Lösungen habe, sondern aus der Zukunft verfügt und erklärt wird, dass und wie diese Lösungen funktioniert haben. +++

Niklas Maak, FAZ

+++ All das sind Ideen, die bereits heute als Antworten auf die aktuellen Fragestellungen proklamiert werden. Und die "Zeitzeugen" des Jahres 2038, die in den Interviews die segensreichen Auswirkungen beschreiben, die diese Maßnahmen entwickelt haben, sind genau jene Akteure, die die Umsetzung dieser Vorschläge heute fordern. +++

Fabian Peters, Stylepark

+++ Ăśblicherweise versuchen wir, aus der Gegenwart heraus eine Zukunft zu entwerfen. Jetzt drehen wir die Blickrichtung um und schauen aus einer gedachten Zukunft zurĂĽck auf die Gegenwart. +++

Holger Liebs, F.A.S.



2038 is an international team of architects, artists, ecologists, economists, scientists, politicians and writers, initiated in 2019, aiming to tell a (hi)story that today we call future: Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Diana Alvarez-Marin, Andrés Arauz, Arts of the Working Class, Nick Axel, Mara Balestrini, Sandra Bartoli, Diann Bauer, Jan Bauer, BBSR, Tatiana Bilbao, BMI, Oana Bogdan, Erik Bordeleau, Mohamed Bourouissa, Daniela Brahm & Les Schliesser, Arno Brandlhuber, Jakob Brandtberg Knudsen & Lorenz von Seidlein, Francesca Bria, Otis Sloan Brittain, Vera Bühlmann, Bureau N, Benjamin Burq, BVNT, Marco Carrino, Mary Ellen Carroll, Vint Cerf, cfk architetti, Kristof Croes, Elke Doppelbauer, Keller Easterling, Tobia de Eccher, Eidotech, Kurt Eggenschwiler, Ludwig Engel, Joao Enxuto & Erica Love, Marta Fernandez Guardado, Cosimo Flohr, Lenny Flohr, Becca Franks & Jennifer Jacquet, Michaela Friedberg, Yona Friedman, Renée Gailhoustet, Jan-Peter Gieseking, Goethe Institut, Olaf Grawert, Dorothee Hahn, Hecker’s Hotel Kurfürstendamm, Helene Hegemann, Holger Heissmeyer, Laura Henno, Angelika Hinterbrandner, Nikolaus Hirsch, Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Ludger Hovestadt, Pan Hu, JUNG, Mitchell Joachim, Sonja Junkers, Roberta Jurcic, Claudia Kessler, Gabor Kocsis, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, Ulrich Kriese, Lukas Kubina, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Christopher Kulendran Thomas & Annika Kuhlmann, Phyllis Lambert, Lawrence Lessig, Cedric Libert, Ferdinand Ludwig & Daniel Schoenle, Suhail Malik, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Hilary Mason, V. Mitch McEwen, James Meadway, Omoju Miller, Evgeny Morozov, MOTIF — Institute for Digital Culture, Motor Productions, Salum Mshamu, Caroline Nevejan, Bahar Noorizadeh, Sabine Oberhuber & Thomas Rau, Jorge Orozco, Verena Otto, Erica Overmeer & Muck Petzet, POLIGONAL — Office for Urban Communication, Joanna Pope, Leif Randt, RAUE Rechtsanwälte und Rechtsanwältinnen, Rebiennale / R3B, Denis 'Jaromil' Roio, Raquel Rolnik, Meghan Rolvien, Christopher Roth, Juliana Rotich, S.a.L.E. Docks, Saygel, Schreiber & Gioberti, Jan Schmidt-Garre, Patrik Schumacher, Max Senges, Deane Simpson, Solmarino, Bruce Sterling, Michael Stöppler, Lia Strenge, Audrey Tang, Target Due, Irene Tassinari, Terra0, The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger, Jeanne Tremsal, Galaad Van Daele, Iris van der Tuin, Marcus Vesterager, VITRA, Georg Vrachliotis, Julian Wäckerlin, Eyal Weizman, Julia Werlen, Glen Weyl, WHY Ventures, Mark Wigley, Hannah Wood, Erez Yoeli, Tirdad Zolghadr Commissioned by Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (BMI)

Opening Pavilion: 22.05.2020, Giardini della Biennale, Venice

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