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The Fabric of Place

Six Bus Stops for Sankt Valentin


BArch 3 Studio: Construction | Material | Technology

Michelle Howard | Luciano Parodi

Following on from the previous two Construction Material Technology (CMT) studios, we will continue our investigation into woven architecture. The Four Elements of Architecture, by the architect Gottfried Semper (1851), posits that the woven mat, and its use interchangeably as floors, walls, and draped over frames, constitutes where architecture begins. Semper argued that architecture is like a garment; it shares the same root and meaning in Germanic languages (Wand = wall, Gewand = garment). For many years, this treatise was seen as fanciful and antiquated, but as is often the case, all it needs to become relevant again are the corresponding materials and technology. We will experiment with the exciting new technology of textile concrete, which replaces steel and its associated corrosion problems as reinforcement. Woven reinforcement permits extremely strong, thin skins, the free movement and integration of data, and myriad possibilities through folding and shaping. With it, we will construct the fabric of place in Sankt Valentin.

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The Fabric of Place

Six Bus Stops for Sankt Valentin


BArch 3 Studio: Construction | Material | Technology

Michelle Howard | Luciano Parodi

The City of Sankt Valentin in lower Austria has asked the CMT platform to design, build prototypes and submit construction documents for 6 bus stops. Their positions in the city and their programme (social, environmental, technological) will be determined by the students attending the free elective workshop there in September. The workshop moves individual characteristics into focus, reveals new potential for these stops as places, and generates new opportunities for the urban community. The new places will be strongly connected to the social and climatic environment, providing shelter from or immersion into the elements and opportunities for connectivity.

Sankt Valentin, although the wealthiest city of the region, manifests as a collection of diverse and disparate areas lacking in centre and space. At the same time, it has an important train station with direct connections to both Vienna and its airport. It is home to many historic manufacturing firms that have reinvented themselves and flourished, just as the foremost manufacturer of textile reinforcements is an historic scarf maker.

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The Fabric of Place

Six Bus Stops for Sankt Valentin


BArch 3 Studio: Construction | Material | Technology

Michelle Howard | Luciano Parodi

In a city where most people use cars to move around, and buses are underused, unearthing new usefulness is paramount to these new bus stop structures, just as a great manufacturer must reinvent itself to remain pertinent, survive and flourish.

 

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