Re-Visiting the Island


BArch 1 Studio


Christina Condak | Daniela Herold | Nasrine Seraji

The case study of our studio will be the Danube Island as one of Vienna’s big projects. The island is an entirely artificial territory, a result of regulating the river; digging-out land to allow for the new channel of the Danube and transferring this earth to create an island as a levee. This project, which was realized in the 1970’s, was to cope, finally, after centuries of struggle, with nature’s wrath of flooding the city.  What makes the island such an accomplishment is that inspite of the sheer technological and infrastructural approach to the problem, it also produced a public space: a recreational park for the city. Technology prevailed over nature (the flooding), but not over the social perspective.

The Island is a landscape inside the city, a link between its two parts. Being that it is an engineered piece of land, rather than a “natural“ or designed landscape, there is a unique and raw quality — a sense that this is a place still in progress. One wonders how it will continue to develop?

 

Re-Visiting the Island


BArch 1 Studio


Christina Condak | Daniela Herold | Nasrine Seraji

The studio will explore the island. We will look at it at different scales, from its greater context with the river, and its relationship with the city, its topography, paths and meadows, and zoom in to the people and their activities. Furthermore, we will look at ecological relationships, from plants to animals, water to the land, etc. The students will find ways to describe the static and dynamic forces at work on the island through drawing methods and model making techniques that correspond to the respective observations. With the understanding that the island is still a work in progress, the students will design small, time-related interventions in the landscape to experience the island differently.

Students: Bayandin Alice, Cheng Karin, Fathulla Avin, Hehenberger Alois, Kaya Mario Konovalov Oleksandr, Malenka Matej, Niens Daniel, Nocker Julian, Pekin Ömer, Petkova Desislava, Rach Nikolaus, Rasner David, Schienegger Jasmin, Wulz Lukas, Zazworka Richard, Znaor Nikola