3000 Peaks

Peter Tränkle, Marius Förster

Conversing alps in times of climate crisis


As a result of human-made global warming, the permafrost soil also thaws
in the Swiss Alps. The alpine rock becomes unstable, and events such as
rockfalls, smaller rock avalanches, or even massive landslides increase.
In an open call, 3000Peaks invites to develop ideas for redesigning and
reusing 3000 affected peaks in the Swiss Alps. The perspectives and narratives
generated in this way should activate and connect potential actors
through public discussions: to broaden the horizon of what is imaginable
and to negotiate the complexity of design processes.

The alpine „peak loss“ affects not only residents and economic interests,
but erodes the identity-creating capacity of the Alps. Both the regional and
national self-image, as well as the external perception, are up for negotiation.
3000Peaks asks how the pressure of the climate crisis can be transformed
in order to counter presupposed lack of alternatives and injustices by opening
up thinking and creative spaces.

How can imagination and capabilities of action be multiplied?

The joint speculative exploration expands the idea of what is possible
in thinking and acting. Limiting assumptions of the realistic, normal, and
self-evident are objected, overcome, and reflected upon. Hence, it is explicitly
not intended to convert speculative ideas directly into the realm of
practical application and implementation. The speculative narrative rather
aims to facilitate (and felicitate) a transdisciplinary mutual understanding
and thus contributes to possible common grounds of expanded societal
alternatives, willingness and competence for action.

Currently 3000peaks is part of the residency program mLab at the Institute
of Geography of the University of Bern
and taking part in the School of
Commons with the offshoot Material Conversations.