Herbst Leben


Philipp Soeparno

The notion ‘Herbst Leben’ (Autumn Life) refers to an existing magazine for aged inhabitants published in the town of Retz. This project consists of 4 imaginary future issues of ‘Herbst Leben’ telling about the status quo of Retz in 2050. Each issue reports on one of 4 new infrastructures combining plain pedestrian roads, public space and landscape. In 2050 these infrastructures will provide mobility for an over-aged population that is increasingly unable to drive cars. Additionally, the nature of these infrastructures will motivate the aged inhabitants to remain active by travelling and meeting each other and thus prevent physical deterioration as well as social isolation. Opposed to a concept that is super-imposed onto the town the infrastructures develop out of context  (cultural landscape). They reveal, access, occupy and strengthen the surrounding landscape and thus make the town a worthwhile and close alternative to living in growing metropolitan areas for younger generations.

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Their immigration to Retz will in turn prevent the town from over-aging and shrinking to death. The depiction of the revelation, the access and occupation of the landscape works with various graphical levels and scales: While detailed architectural section-drawings describe the complexity and aesthetics of the landscape, the simplicity of the actual interventions is shown by sketch like hand drawings. The occupation of the landscape is shown by portraits of its users whose physical conditions and postures are the parameters of the interventions. The future issues of “Herbst Leben” confront those different levels and expand the fiction around the drawings by texts that use a similar language like the original issues of “Herbst Leben”. As a result, the magazines don’t describe complete solutions but potentials that change the way of how the inhabitants perceive their own town.

 

Advisors: Nasrine Seraji, Wolfgang Tschapeller, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

 

Herbst Leben


Philipp Soeparno