New Salzburg

Between Memory and Contemporaneity

Salzburg in the heart of Europe is one of the continent’s most iconic cities, world-renowned for its charming listed old town set in stunning scenery. In cooperation with the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is devoting the project and subsequent exhibition New Salzburg to pressing questions about the future of the city and the balance between memory and contemporaneity. Based around a selection of fourteen buildings, squares, and urban spaces, 122 degree candidates under the supervision of their professors—fifteen internationally acclaimed architects such as Mario Botta, Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu (Jan De Vylder), and Grafton Architects (Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara)—will research the city and how it could be developed for future generations. The director of this degree project is the South Tyrolean architect Walter Angonese, chair of Salzburg City’s urban design advisory board. The students are conducting their research in situ in collaboration with the City of Salzburg’s planning department, which is enabling access to archives and city plans and maps as well as supporting preparatory events organized by the Initiative Architektur Salzburg.

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg’s exhibition New Salzburg: Between Memory and Contemporaneity will present in November 2017 28 visionary designs selected from the degree projects. This is a sequel to the highly acclaimed 2015 exhibition Salzburg Unbuilt and will take a keen look at the future of the city. Whereas the subject two years ago was unrealized projects for Salzburg’s public buildings by prominent architects, this exhibition focuses on the demands leveled at a new Salzburg and its resulting appearance as envisioned by architecture students. It considers the city as a whole extending out to the periphery. The starting points for New Salzburg range from Mirabellplatz to various train stations, the parking area at the Exhibition and Congress Center, and Freilassing station on the Austrian-German border. The Museum der Moderne Salzburg and its accessibility, for example via the Mönchsberg elevator, are also included.

A project by Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, with the support of the City of Salzburg
Project director, curator: Sabine Breitwieser, director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Guest curators: Marco Della Torre, Thomas Tschöll, Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
Assistant curator: Christina Penetsdorfer, Museum der Moderne Salzburg