Self-initiated

United Regions of Europe

Partner: Maximilian Pecher
Year: 2016

United Regions of Europe is a self-initiated collaboration with Maximilian Pecher, submitted to the competition “Planetary urbanism” (initiated by the magazine ARCH+). The interactive website (www.unitedregions.eu) shows the facts and figures about urbanization in Europe and proofs the vision of a Europe of Regions that was published by Robert Menasse.

The scenario and thesis is that European politics and decisions are made by the European council and are based on so called national (economical) interests. They are rather contradicting each other than based on a common sense of solidarity in Europe. But Europe is more than money and trade! Current statistics on population development suggest that megacities will emerge from urbanization. On the one hand there are centralist states such as Poland, France or Spain that have certain urban agglomerations like Warsaw, Paris or Madrid. On the other hand there are smaller areas of federal and polycentric structure with metropolises that operate well with regard to society and economy. From a historical point of view these diverse areas are the real identity of Europe.

Our optimistic vision is that the United Regions of Europe would replace national states within a European community of rights and values with a fully-fledged European constitution. They would emerge a better spread of population growth and wealth instead of their concentration in only a few megacities. This may also encourage a stronger identification with a new Europe.                     
United Regions of Europe by Philipp Schwarzbauer and Maximilian Pecher.
United regions of Europe: Seperatism © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United regions of Europe: History © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United regions of Europe: Nation?! © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United regions of Europe: Saarlorlux © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United regions of Europe: Future © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United regions of Europe: Vision © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Exhibition and Installation

The project was shown at several exhibitions and featured in magazines like Arch+ and Form Magazine. Milestones where the exhibitions in Quito, Ecuador, (October 15th  – 20th of October 2016) in the German Pavilion of the UN-HABITAT III Conference, at un-stable.eu in Berlin and the Future Convention Frankfurt a. M. These public appearances lead to talks with the politicians Katja Kipping and Hella Dunger-Löper.
Exhibition at Kühlhaus Berlin © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Visitors writing down their home regions © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Home regions © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Emblems of the United Regions of Europe © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Emblems of the United Regions of Europe © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Exhibition Unstable.eu at Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United Regions of Europe visitors © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Private tour with Hella Dunger-Löper © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United Regions of Europe visitors © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United Regions of Europe visitors © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Maximilian Pecher, Katja Kipping © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Maximilian Pecher presenting United Regions of Europe © Philipp Schwarzbauer
Private tour with Katja Kipping © Philipp Schwarzbauer
United Regions of Europe by Philipp Schwarzbauer and Maximilian Pecher in Arch+ Magazine. © Philipp Schwarzbauer
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Please note: On this project my role was primary Creative Concepter and Art Director. If you have any questions about the workflow, challenges or insights about this project, please get in touch.
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