Sankt Gallen 2049

Hypothetical futures need attempts in order to be better shaped

Project team: G. Corbo, J. Costanzo, V. Guerrisi.

Collaborators: G. I. Bianchi, D. Cohen, A. Slowik, A. Tanzola.

While technique is important, architecture requires the preservation of knowledge, often completed through conversation and ideas. Sankt-Gallen’s map originally suggested the blueprint for an ideal monastery – our response, in turn, is a blueprint for dialogue between architecture’s key eras. By filling contemporary buildings on a centuries’ old enigmatic map we seek to bring the past into the present, gazing towards the future. Mankind cannot overestimate its chances at continuous survival. Therefore, the re-use of an existing and purposeful layout for a settlement tailored to hypothetical future needs is an attempt that we believe will be forever useful, representing the proverbial message in a bottle.

Sankt Gallen’s map is filled with random contemporary buildings, bridging eras with zeal, devotion and ingenuity.