Venice Biennale 2012 – 100 Year City of Maribor


The Utilitarian Pergola project explores the roof as a societal structure that harvests water and energy on the scale of the suburb. Under which a tarmac creates a surface for the personal vehicle transport system to interact with software to organise exchange through proximity rather than location.

Signs and Symbols generated from the worlds collective linguistic history mark out territories of association. Sub cultures are encouraged to create communities and event spaces for neo tribal laws to be established, explored and then discarded. Societal mediation using twitter trends for the flocking effect of an event with physical attributes.

The iPad, now a personal dwelling rather than a hand held device shifts dwelling away from familial association. As a rite of passage, at the age of five individuals are supplied with their own iPad. Download Kung-Fu, welcome to the construct. Education becomes a success based experience, your future is predicated on your natural predilections.

Technology ubiquitous, design invisible. Helicopter drones augment your experience of the pergola. Constantly toing and froing, the labour market has become obsolete. The commodity becomes knowledge, innovation and the mediation of the earth as a large living organism become the primary concern of the pergola suburb society.

Maribor, at least for a decade was the centre of Europe and the Earth sporting the first of NASA’s orbital galactic space elevators and the next generation particle accelerator. For the first time in the history of human science “the first encounter” finally occured. It was in Maribor on the 25th March 2053. As we expected the aliens were very familiar.



Status: On-Going

Project Type: Speculation of a Future City

Client: City of Maribor, Slovenia

Materials: Water Harvesting, Space Technology, Property Laws, Food Production


Team: Rene Van Meeuwen, Matt Delroy-Carr, Craig McCormack, Jon Tarry, Dom Trimboli, Tristan Morgan