Davos World Economic Forum
As if being immersed in a movie set, the city dramatically changes its urban appearance, its spatial characteristics, and its everyday activities to best suit the event’s needs and leverage opportunities.
Temporary buildings and pavilions sit in between (or even on top of) local stores and residencies. Pop-up structures take over portions of the Promenade’s public space. Facebook, for instance, builds next to the Kirchner Museum its own “house” ‒ a three-storey wooden structure. Corporate signs and advertising billboards cover storefronts and tall building facades at every corner. Ad-hoc infrastructures for security and media networks also contribute to the tangible morphing of Davos.
Although deep structural repercussions are difficult to decode and probably go beyond WEF, the city has been experiencing this paradox for years now: embracing the opportunities of hosting the most important “business festival” in the world, and at the same time paying the price for it.
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Typology: Research article
Location: Davos, Switzerland
Research, text and drawings: Stefano Andreani, Nada AlQallaf
Travel data analysis: Sebastian Birolini
Status: Published on Domus N. 1031