Aspern Skizzentisch 2016

In the role of scientific partner to the Technical Museum Vienna, the Ars Electronica Futurelab is advisory and realizes projects within the scope of an exhibition-series “Weiter_Gedacht_” (one step further). In the case of the first of three events between 2016 and 2021, the title “Die Zukunft der Stadt” (The future cities) called for the development of a planning table of the lakeside city Aspern and a true scale model of the biggest building on earth Burj Khalifa.


Lakeside City Aspern as a planning table on the floor of Technisches Museum Wien. Credit: Marianne Ternek


The exhibition which is on display between June 2016 and June 2018 ask for the way people would like to lead their future lives, especially with hindsight to the growing density of urban spheres. One of the possibilities to give answers to the questions involved, is the planning table of lakeside city Aspern – a model for orchestrated city development at the gates of Vienna – that was built by the Ars Electronica Futurelab.


The public transport at Aspern on the planning table. Credit: Marianne Ternek
The public transport at Aspern on the planning table. Credit: Marianne Ternek


With the help of this model, the visitors can take part in the city planning by cultivating an empty space that is left out for “new worksites”. The city model consists of individual edifices and plots of land to be constructed, all of which can be illuminated from below. Located behind it are several screens that visitors can use to select various topics. These themes or concepts are explained, whereby the individual elements are color-coordinated with the corresponding project elements. For instance, when the subject is parks, the areas that are proposed for such usage are illuminated in green.




Short films in the style of “Visual Thinking” explain every single theme. Credit: Marianne Ternek.


The complex context of topics, which are related to city planning and its realization were reduced to a very simple visual language. Small clips demonstrate how small complexes are growing in realtime by aid of naïve drawings.

Konzeption & Projektleitung:

Christoph Lindinger, Marianne Ternek


Michael Mayr, Clemens Francis Scharfen, Marianne Ternek

Mit Unterstützung von:

Stefan Eibelwimmer (Grafische Gestaltung), INSEQ Design (Tischbau)