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UDC and Goethe-Institut Washington to offer the “Post-Oil City” Exhibition and Workshops

Exhibit will address how cities in the future can function without oil.

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Can cities function without oil and what would such a city look like? The negative side effects of fossil fuel use are becoming increasingly apparent and costly. Presented by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Post Oil City Exhibition will present solutions for the post oil city as envisioned by architects, planners, designers and engineers from 10 different countries. The exhibit will be hosted on UDC’s Van Ness campus from Jan. 30 – March 1.

City life over the past 50 years has been very oil dependent. From buildings, to mobility, to heating and cooling systems, to meeting the water and food demand of high density urban populations, cities run on oil. Therefore, if cities could function without oil, what means would be used to effectively meet the needs of residents? The Post Oil City exhibit will explore this premise.

Embedded in the exhibit will be smaller workshops on topics shaping the post oil city of the future. Each topic will be discussed by panelists representing federal government agencies, district agencies, the private and non-profit sector, and individual residents. Free workshops will be held between Jan. 31 and Feb. 21 on the topics of mobility, energy, functionality, water and food security:  

  • Jan. 31, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - The City of the Future: Mobility and Energy Workshop with speakers from the U.S. and D.C. Government.
  • Feb. 1, 10:00 am to 1:00 p.m. - Planning the Post Oil City Workshop featuring SOLARTECH Stuttgart.
  • Feb. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - The Future of Urban Mobility Workshop featuring Volkswagen.  
  • Feb. 15, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. - The City of the Future: Materials and Functionality Workshop featuring building materials producer REHAU.
  • Feb. 21, 10:00 a.m. – Noon - The City of the Future: Water & Food Security Workshop with speakers from the U.S. and DC Government.

An opening reception on Thurs., Jan. 30, will precede the workshops. The reception, which starts at 5:00 p.m., will feature a special introduction by Ursula Seiler-Albring, president of ifa, the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. Click here to register for the reception or workshops.

The Post Oil events follow the successful “Hamburg: Building the City Anew. A Journey into the City of Tomorrow” exhibit and conference, which highlighted how the city Hamburg, Germany, which has many similarities to Washington, D.C., is setting new standards for ecological sustainability and mixed use development  and meeting the challenges of the future without abandoning its unique traditions and character.

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About the Goethe-Institut Washington
On behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, cultural institutes around the world provide cultural programs, language courses, support to educators, and up-to-date information on Germany in the context of Europe. Founded in 1990, Goethe-Institut Washington, DC is a center for German culture and language in the midst of the revitalized Downtown. Visit for more information.

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