TITLE FUTURE WORLDS Visitors to the Futurium are encouraged to gaze into the future Text: Lukas Breitenbach One sign at the entrance to the Futurium says: “Please use only 1 euro coins for the lockers, no chips.” A sign like this might remind some of us of swimming pool locker rooms back in the 1990s, and indeed, the rather basic technology is the same. With the exception of these lockers, however, everything at the Futurium is focused on a very high-tech concept, namely the future. Opened on 5 September of this year, this “house of the futures” functions as a site where science, research and development are presented and discussed. It is also a forum for as-yet-unanswered questions regarding the future: How can we get climate change under control? Which technologies do we want to use in the world of tomorrow? How do we want to live together as a society? Are there alternatives to the concept of higher-faster-farther? 10
The Futurium is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm and Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission is free.