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Vienna Reflections


BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation


Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi


Outstanding examples of the most recent Viennese history of architecture face major problems in front of the rapid changes of our societies’ structures. Some of these buildings no longer fulfil their requirements as successfully operating entities – in terms of space requests of their users, technological means, regarding deficiencies of structural physics, with respect to maintenance and economic perspectives, or with reference to the further development of its urban contexts.

We will explore, describe and rethink such buildings and develop concepts for their adaption or conversion, for possible extensions and further (re-) formations. Studio projects shall reflect multifaceted approaches towards these seminal buildings and shall invite a new dialogue with the public. Thus we aim to re-position them within current societal contexts and within the discourse on the younger Viennese “Baukultur”.

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Vienna Reflections


BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation


Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

So the theme of the studio is a topical subject of Cultural Heritage in the field of architecture. It provokes questions of the cultural dimensions of sustainability, and it aims to unleash resources that can be found in those (spatial, formal, constructive, interactive, etc.) reserves that constitutes seminal work. The study of such buildings shall lead to an extended understanding of the complex environmental function of architecture.

The conviction, that the way of thinking about environments can be understood and advanced through design is not only the base of this studio, but of ESC in general. In this early stage of the platform’s reconfiguration, the formulation of anticipative questions and speculative assumptions outrank answers or solutions that seem to be familiar for far too long. In this regard, the studio is supposed to reflect the platform’s current searching character. The participants in this studio are thus supposed to increase the number of informants represented in IKA’s actual lecture series, who aim to explore a broader range of potentialities of the terms Ecology, Sustainability and Cultural Heritage for our field – with the specificity, that the studio’s media to represent according thoughts are primarily drawings and (cross-media) models.