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BIG! BAD? MODERN:

 

Studio Projects Winterterm 2010

A research project by the IKA – Institute for Art and Architecture
Vienna, like many other European cities, has many post-war buildings that have become part of the historical inventory of the city. There are many of them, and many of them are very, very big, which makes them difficult to ignore or to eliminate. Their tendency to disregard the urban context renders them unpopular and their low energy efficiency environmental anathema.

The IKA – the Institute for Art and Architecture, faculty and students have decided to dedicate an entire academic year to studying four such big post-war buildings in Vienna. It is intended to examine these buildings from the different thematic perspectives of the five design platforms in order to present pertinent research and design proposals for their sustainable development and further use. With BIG! BAD? MODERN: the IKA makes an essential contribution to the ever more urgent debate over the future of modern post-war architecture.

 

BIG! BAD? MODERN:

 

Studio Projects Winterterm 2010

It seems that since the end of World War II the process of building has become increasingly entrenched in technocracy, rationality, functionality, efficiency, neutrality and universality – attributes inseparably associated with modern culture. The many attempts made in the ’60s and ’70s of the 20th Century to question modern paradigms and propose alternatives seem only to have scratched the surface. Architecture, cities and the landscape are still dictated by goals of increased efficiency. The same can be said of the complex networks of business, politics and symbolism. Modernism seems to continue to be the unavoidable basis for Architecture and Urban Planning. This is especially true for very big projects, such as shopping centres, fairs, mass housing and industrial estates which continue to be planned without any reference to context. Their number continues to rise, while many post-war projects are deemed antiquated and irrelevant.

 

BIG! BAD? MODERN:

 

Studio Projects Winterterm 2010

BIG! BAD? MODERN: calls for a reassessment of this paradoxical development. If we are to take sustainability seriously we must consider our existing building stock. This is all the more important for the most unloved „monsters“ of that time. Their sheer size prevents their easy and sustainable elimination. Declaring them obsolete will not make them go away. Their future is linked to ours and the next phase of Modernism.

 

BIG! BAD? MODERN:

 

Studio Projects Winterterm 2010

BArch 1 Studio:
Nasrine Seraji | Christina Condak | Daniela Herold

 

BArch 3 Studio: Construction Material Technology 
Michelle Howard | Christian Fröhlich

 

BArch 5 Studio: History Theory Criticism
Angelika Schnell | Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

 

MArch Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation
Peter Leeb | Markus Vogl

 

MArch Studio: Analogue Digital Production
Wolfgang Tschapeller | Werner Skvara

 

MArch Studio: Geography Landscapes Cities
Stefan Gruber