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Platform Urbanism and Its Discontents

Book presentation with Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer (2G)

Over the last year, we’ve all learned a lot about digital platforms. Having to stay at home because of the current pandemic has meant having to get used to these platforms in order to be able to get on with our lives. As a result, we’ve seen how platforms have completely changed the way we interact – the way we work, learn, shop, entertain ourselves and socialize.
We are now perhaps more aware of the 'platformisation' of our lives than we would like to be.
By reorganizing access to a wide spectrum of fundamental domains, such as education, housing, health care, or even political information, platforms are destined to become the most powerful players regulating the way we live in cities. Digital platforms such as Facebook, Uber, Airbnb and Amazon embody not only new types of enterprises but also a completely new culture of life—from the products we handle and the services we use every day to entire urban neighbourhoods that will be built by major platform enterprises in the next few years. These multi-scalar changes raise significant questions about the social potentials and risks of the architecture of these all-encompassing ecosystems.
With contributions by Tom Avermaete, Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman,
Vyjayanthi Rao, Saskia Sassen and Slutty Urbanism, among many others,
this book discusses the fundamental transformation of urban space
through platform technologies.
Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer are Co-Directors of the Centre for Global Architecture, an interdisciplinary initiative established to study the planetary changes affecting spatial production today. Their work has received numerous awards and commendations worldwide. They have been appointed as curators of the Austrian pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2021.
2G - The event will be held under 2G-regulations.
The event will be hosted in English. Questions and comments in German are very welcome