GLC_SS10

Vienna: Slow Capital


MArch Studio: Geography Cities Landscapes

 

Stefan Gruber | Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

Negotiating Bigness and Soft Urban Renewal

 

The studio continues to explore the relation of two apparently contradictory urbanism paradigms: Bigness and soft urban renewal. Whereas soft urban renewal stands for an approach of working with the existing urban substance and developing projects from within a specific context, Bigness is primarily concerned with an economy of scale and thus inherently independent. 

Both of these approaches have successively characterized urbanization in Vienna’s recent history. While Vienna developed incisive strategies for urban regeneration and growth within existing Gründerzeit neighbourhoods in the late 70’s and 80’s, the past twenty years have been marked by very large developer projects (aka Bigness). 

While Bigness tends to gravitate towards the urban fringe and display an autistic behavior in relation to its context, inner-city-living in Vienna is currently experiencing a significant revival. The studio challenges Bigness and the ostensible incompatibility of large scale building complexes with dense historic urban conditions and explore potential synergetic effects.

Situated at the intersection between architecture and urbanism, the studio project follows tactics of acupuncture urbanism. While in the winter term, the studio derived strategies for architectural interventions from the urban environment, in the summer term we will take an inverse approach developing architectural proto-typologies for large scale building complexes that are then exposed to and transformed by a specific urban ecology. 
Referring to Vienna’s current situation, in which big investments are often linked to inner-city shopping the program here, will also consist of a shopping mall. Yet given the actual surplus offer of retail space in Vienna and its unpredictable economic situation, shopping is considered as temporary program. Initially the prototypes should follow the logic inherent to commercial interests, however aim at devising spatial forms of organizations that are not exclusively tailored to a specific use or program, but can accommodate a variety of activities in the future. 

The site located in the 10th district in one of Vienna’s Gründerzeit neighborhoods beyond the Gürtel that have not yet undergone gentrification.

Vienna: Slow Capital


MArch Studio: Geography Cities Landscapes

 

Stefan Gruber | Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

Workshop: Joachim Wintzer, from MAB development, was invited as expert consultant to the studio. He offered an introductory workshop to inner-city shopping mall planning, development and financing providing students with insider guidance and hands on cost calculation tools.

 

Guest Critics: Maria Auböck, Christiane Feuerstein, Françoise Fromonot, Arno Löbbecke, Nasrine Seraji, Angelika Schnell, Iréné Scalbert, Wolfgang Tschapeller, Peter Trummer, Bernd Vlay, Joachim Wintzer

 

Students: Antoine Ficheaux, Inès, Christian Gattringer, Clemens Hasler, Teresa Klestorfer, Philipp Soeparno  

 

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Vienna: Slow Capital


MArch Studio: Geography Cities Landscapes

 

Stefan Gruber | Lisa Schmidt-Colinet