THE SILHOUETTE OF THE FUTURE
What will the future bring? It seems that technological progress will gain the upper hand: the changes in society are determined at a global level by the changes in technology. Humanity will soon reach a point at which progress slips from under its control. Technological singularity is symbolised at the 2nd National Salon of Architecture by a 3D printer installed in the centre of the hall devoted to the future of architecture. This printer will clone the spaces of the Műcsarnok during the entire period of the exhibition – for now only at the scale of mock-ups. The other burden lumbering modern civilisation is the growth-driven global economic model, conveying the implicit message: what you have is not good enough, not environmentally friendly enough, so replace it with something new. Visitors can see a rubbish-landscape symbolising environmental pollution near the 3D printer; this rubbish-landscape is composed of the negative forms of the cellular structures of the folding screens used at the exhibition.
The young generation creates the link between the present and the future. Young people are experiencing the problems of the present but in twenty or thirty years’ time they will be faced with completely new challenges. The exhibited degree projects and – mainly conceptual – proposals made for international design competitions provide examples for ways of thinking that go beyond stereotypes. Their themes cover a wide spectrum and predominantly address the above outlined symptoms of our age.