ecologically and socially in the city

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How to get to Chautauqua

Landscape as a model of educational development


BArch 6 Studio: Geography Landscapes Cities

Kathrin Aste | Antje Lehn

Every tenth Austrian citizen between 18 and 24 has completed only compulsory school level and 27,5% cannot read properly. In 2014 about 2.000 unaccompanied minors arrived in Austria. In 2016 the city of Vienna will start a so called “Jugendcollege” to make the Austrian school accessible for young refugees. All of these adolescents hope for a fair perspective but the Austrian education system is known for its conservative structures which tend to reproduce educational injustice. Instead one relies on private initiatives. Numerous innovative approaches, interesting developments and private initiatives in education seem to be confined to the educated middle classes. The future of our society depends essentially on how intelligently the future generations will meet the challenges of our time. What shape does our educational landscape have to take to provide the feeding ground for future inspiration?

Alternative educational concepts for young grown-ups have a long history in the 20th century: the American Chautauqua education movement founded in the late 19th century at first was manifested in a mobile structure of tents traveling through rural areas.

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How to get to Chautauqua

Landscape as a model of educational development


BArch 6 Studio: Geography Landscapes Cities

Kathrin Aste | Antje Lehn

Chautauqua camps were offering lectures on arts, music and current issues, nondenominational preaching and leisure. Up to today the Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit adult education centre and summer resort, several independent Chautauqua’s are still being held following the original idea to support educated cosmopolitan citizenship. On the background of globalisation and migration concepts like this become again very relevant, even in Vienna initiatives like stEFFIE the „Experimental Fun Festival for innovative Education“ currently explore the potential of experiment and performance for education.

The goal of this studio is to explore what architecture can contribute to create similar spaces of shelter, education and discourse. How can these places of education support social and spatial integration and create educational landscapes for a rapidly growing city like Vienna? The landscape principle can provide a model of a network structure by creating a three-dimensional material design that can cultivate diversity and support symbiotic processes.

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How to get to Chautauqua

Landscape as a model of educational development


BArch 6 Studio: Geography Landscapes Cities

Kathrin Aste | Antje Lehn

The site of Copa Cagrana, historically a popular recreation area since the 80ies is currently undergoing transformation. This area neighbouring the commercialized ground of the Donau-City has recently been „reorganized“ by the city of Vienna with a subtext of homogenisation. In spite of this current development the potential of this site could be to continue its role of negotiation between Vienna´s citizens with diverse ethnical and social backgrounds. As the masterplan for Donau-City even schedules an educational institution nearby this could be the perfect spot to cluster educational initiatives, low cost student dwelling and leisure facilities - fostering the established as well as cultivating the ephemeral and the improvised - within the framework of a landscape park.

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