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Sandra Bartoli
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Some people say that Sandra grew up in the Dolomites, could ski before she could walk and studied architecture and landscape architecture in Italy, the US and Germany. Little do they know. Sandra comes from the future, that’s all you need to know. Everyone feels at home somewhere, and for Sandra that somewhere is tomorrowland. Her nostalgia for the future started early. When she read A la recherche du temps perdu as a teenager, that lost time was, of course: the future. Her favorite movies: Blade Runner, Donnie Darko and Repo Man. When she studied the 400 year old villas of Andrea Palladio in Venice, she saw it as an archaeology of possible tomorrows. Here’s the thing: She reads spaces like novels. Her architecture is always about telling stories – often like a garden of forking paths, with multiple contradictory plot lines. She runs a thinktank together with Silvan Linden, they call it Büro für Konstruktivismus. That name might seem like a nod to the hyper rationalist belief of the twenties in utopian urban planning. It could be half ironic, half serious. Which half is which is sometimes hard to tell. Their exhibition “La Zona” depicted failed cityscapes in all their sublime ugliness: Empty parking lots, failed high rises, the disasterscape of Tchernobyl. Blade Runner is more than a movie, it is a mindset: I want more life, fucker. Need a travel guide for the future? Get Sandra’s and Silvan’s magazine called “Die Planung”. One of their issues is dated 2036. Not a bad start for futurophiliacs. Another issue is dated 2048. But even that era for Sandra might already seem a little outdated. There must be a more futuristic tomorrow somewhere just around the corner, she might think: This particular future seems so… 2048!

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Sandra Bartoli
by Hilmar Schmundt