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Ausstellungsbereich „urban innovations“

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Ausstellungsbereich „urban innovations“

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Modell des Burj Khalifa im Maßstab 1:100

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Exhibition area „urban innovations“

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Blick auf E3

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Exhibition
The urban future

It is now a well established fact that the pace of urbanisation has been immensely fast. 2007 was the tipping point. Since then, more people worldwide have lived in cities than in rural areas. That proportion is set to rise to almost 70 per cent by 2050.

The exhibition entitled ‘Urban Innovations’ examines that innovative power in some depth. Its starting point is the fact that, under the pressure of constant change, cities have always been characterised by a specific ‘innovative environment’.

Against the backdrop of digitisation that now permeates all areas of life the exhibition addresses key urban issues of the future: What sort of homes will we want? How will we want to build, travel around, and supply ourselves with energy? How do we intend to feed ourselves? How will we structure our cities? How will we succeed in living together without conflict? And who will own our cities in the future?

The 21st century has now established humankind as urban beings, once and for all. As such we find ourselves in a close correlation with our environment, shaping it just as we ourselves are shaped by it. So what are the consequences – mentally, socially, culturally, economically, ecologically and, not least, technologically – of our new-found status as city dwellers? That too is a question the exhibition intends to explore.

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