Salzburg: The Intelligence of a European City

At the Museum der Moderne Salzburg the exhibition ‘New Salzburg. Between Memory and Contemporaneity’ is currently open. It presents the results of the project that the Academy of Architecture (Università della Svizzera Italiana) and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg have launched with the support from the City of Salzburg with the aim of promoting a reflection on the urban future of this UNESCO World Heritage–protected city.

With this purpose, in the academic year 2016-2017 Salzburg was the focus of the Diploma work of the Academy of architecture – the final design exercise with which Academy’s students end their learning path after six years of training. The students’ final projects are now on show in the exhibition New Salzburg.

In the winter semester 2016-17 I taught a class on the societal development strategy of Salzburg, highlighting its relationships with the spatial development strategy. With the assistance  of Tommaso Fantini and Stefano Gariglio – who have recently obtained a MSc from the Academy – I synthetized Salzburg’s development strategy in the infographic shown in the photographs that appear in this page (taken by Tommaso Fantini).

I conducted the research on Salzburg’s development strategy in collaboration with Francesca Mazzoni – a summary of the research outcome will soon be available on line in ‘Salzburg’s development Strategy. Society, Space and Architectures’. Few European cities have shown the same strategic capacity that Salzburg has displayed over the two decades following the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union. It was an inspiring experience.