„We stand at the edge of a New Frontier – the frontier of unfulfilled hopes and dreams, a frontier of unknown opportunities and beliefs in peril. Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered problems of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus.” (John F. Kennedy, acceptance speech Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles, 1960)
The first issue in 2010 of the Slovak Architectural Review Magazine “Projekt” is dedicated to the exhibition “New Frontiers. Experimental tendencies in architecture”, which took place in Bratislava (11.03. – 28.03. 2010) and Vienna (31.05.– 25.06.2010). Referring to Kennedy’s speech the curators show how young Austrian and Slovakian architects, designer and artists are dealing with the problems of space nowadays. The new technologies and the fact that globalisation is also a question of space forces them to find creative solutions for a new aesthetics in architecture and for a common living without disclaiming individuality. The questions, which brought up and discussed in the catalogue are therefore: Where does my personal freedom of expression begin? How can architecture and design not only be pragmatic, but fun? Do we find similar proposals for solutions in the contiguous cities of Bratislava and Vienna? And does globalisation mean the end of individuality?