Images of the Future

Research and Design

By: Christian Salewski


Lecture held on July 29, 2021


"Utopia is a counter image, that is not something you strive for!"

In this lecture, architect and urbanist Christian Salewski takes us into the arts and crafts of scenario making and extrapolates how to connect them to research and design when dealing with the uncertainties of future urban development. The lecture is structured in three parts: a general introduction into the history and theory of (urban) future images, followed by a short presentation of two projects that made use of the scenario technique. At the end, Christian gives advice to all of those who seek to apply scenario thinking as a productive tool for their own design processes and evaluates where and how it makes sense to use it - and where it does not! 

Length: 88:00 min

About Christian:

Christian Salewski - graduate engineer in architecture (TU Berlin) and doctor of science (ETH Zurich) - is founder and partner of Salewski&Kretz, an office for architecture and urban planning in Zurich. He gained research and teaching experience in national and international research projects at ETH Zurich, University of Liechtenstein, University of St. Gallen, TU Dresden and University of Zurich (CUREM). Christian is author of "Dutch New Worlds. Scenarios in Physical Planning and Design in the Netherlands, 1970-2000," (010 Rotterdam) a book which was awarded the ETH Zurich medal 2012 and the International Planning History Society IPHS book prize 2014.


[EN]   Berlin Brandenburg 2040 was initiated by the Habitat Unit in cooperation with Projekte International and provides an open stage and platform for multiple contributions of departments and students of the Technical University Berlin and beyond. The project is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

[DE]   Berlin Brandenburg 2040 wurde initiiert von der Habitat Unit in Kooperation mit Projekte International und bietet eine offene Plattform für Beiträge von Fachgebieten und Studierenden der Technischen Universität Berlin und darüberhinaus. Das Projekt wird von der Robert Bosch Stiftung gefördert.

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