An exhibition curated by Anastasia Smirnova-Berlin with the SVESMI team explored systemic thinking in architecture and various types of visionary authorship.
The exhibition was composed of three sections: Monovisions, Cathedral Thinking and Futurology of the Intimate. Each section consisted of thematic rooms, each with its own story.
The first section focused on modernist architects Roger Anger and Hans van Der Laan, classical 20th century fatherly figures with their life-long strategic, systemic projects. Most of the material showed in this section was exhibited for the first time.
Cathedral Thinking section referred to the medieval time, when while building a cathedral all agents initiating construction understood that they would not see the end result. This kind of endeavours required specific work ethics and an ability to act in symphonic harmony over very long periods of time. Visionaries exhibition claimed that strategic initiatives addressing global warming of today require the same type of collective authorship.
The third section Futurology of the Intimate looked at how even the smallest changes in everyday routines might prompt architects and designers to invent new spatial typologies. This kind of reactive authorship is much more nuanced, but no less significant than the other two.