Canton Mars

In today’s networked, real-time society, we know almost everything about the here-and-now but only a little about what comes next: the future. At the same time, the speculative exploration of the future is omnipresent. In movies, computer games, novels, and even in the arts sections of newspapers, we deal almost obsessively with scenarios for tomorrow.Political debates are also fundamentally concerned with questions about the future. Theories and movements that take a more critical view and urge a departure from the current mandate for growth and expansion are more present than ever. Narratives of the future, which are often dystopian in character, and myths of the past, which are predominantly nostalgic, stand in contrast to one another.

What sorts of stories do we tell each other about the future and why?

In his Mars trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson describes the colonization of the “Red Planet,” using this scenario as an opportunity to sketch alter-native proposals for society that develop and evolve in competition with one another. Together with Philipp Theisohn and Markus Schaefer, Robinson will consider the role of “speculative fiction” and of storytellingas a future technology.

“Canton Mars“ functions as a projection screen for narratives and myths.It offers a glimpse of Switzerland and the future, our longing for it and our fear of it.

Kim Stanley Robinson, Author – the Mars trilogy
Philipp Theisohn, Literary Studies Scholar and Professor of the SNSF Research Project‚ “Conditio extraterrestris,” Universität Zürich
Markus Schaefer, Architect – Co-Curator of the Salon Suisse 2014 and Partner, Hosoya Schaefer Architects

The discussion will take place in English and is a satellite event of Salon Suisse, which is organized by Pro Helvetia at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

 

Time: September 10, 2014 at 20:15
Place: Seebad Utoquai, Zurich

 

Projects

Architecture

Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Mobility Hub / parking facility with retail component, Zug
Current phase: preliminary design

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current phase: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
Current state: presentation of urban design concept

Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
Current state: ongoing

Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
Current state: in preparation

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland

Contact

Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 (0)43 243 6313 F. +41 (0)43 243 6315
office@hosoyaschaefer.com

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 1503
office@hosoyaschaefer.com