Global sea levels are expected to rise 2.5 meters by the end of the century, and as much as 15 meters in the next 300 years. With 11 percent of the world population living less than 10 meters above the current sea level, many cities will probably be submerged in the future. One likely response is that people will migrate inland, seeking ever-higher elevations.
Would it make more sense to stay put? What would it take to adapt? A team of engineers led by artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats has developed a radical new approach to infrastructure based on Earth’s earliest life forms. These “stromatolite cities” may support the long-term occupation of vulnerable metropolises, while simultaneously counteracting key contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The results of this collaboration, together with outcomes from Fraunhofer IBP experiments, will be presented at a STATE Studio exhibition of The Primordial Cities Initiative, providing a framework to collectively consider possible futures.
Opening on 12 December 2019, 6:30 pm7 pm Welcome Dorothee Höfter (Hauptabteilung Kommunikation. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) and Dr Christian Rauch (STATE Studio)7:15 pm - 8 pm "Science meets Art" with Jonathon Keats (Artist-in-Lab), Prof Dr Gunnar Grün (Residency Institute Fraunhofer IBP) and Dr Richard Hofmann (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin). The discussion is moderated by Dr Christian Rauch.8 pm Drinks, Music and Flying Buffet
Opening hours 12 December - 20 December & 7 January - 29 February, Tue - Fri, 12 - 7 pm, Sat 12 - 5 pm
The Primordial Cities Initiative is part of the Fraunhofer Residency Program "Artist in Lab", which promotes the convergence of knowledge cultures through an exchange in interdisciplinary projects. The project is developed in cooperation with the Communication Department of the Fraunhofer Headquarters, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Fraunhofer-Institute for Building Physics and is supported by the Fraunhofer Network for Science, Art and Design.