Category Four


Daniela Mitterberger

The title, Category Four, refers to the classification of different ways of living and surviving in the Alps. Alpine topography confronts us with the relationship between the body and environment, and raises the question of what the body is and if there is any body without an environment within which to interact. In the Alps, humans need to support their bodies with tools to survive in this misanthropic environment. Social groups in the Alps are differentiated by what kind of equipment they wear, and how big their range of action is, i.e., their walking distance and the altitude they are living in. I expand on these groups by adding an additional crew. The three crewmembers symbolize a small expedition group comparable to the crewmembers of a Starship beamed onto an unknown planet. Category Four is in pursuit of an idea of individuals as infrastructure, instead of the universal grid. The essence of the project is the combination of a space suit and the Supersurface by Superstudio, and architecture as artificial nature, like the Blur building from Diller Scofidio combined with bodyarchitecture inspired by the Cuishicle by Michael Webb. No containerspace but space produced through filter.

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Category Four


Daniela Mitterberger

The project should not be considered as a proposed solution but as another junction with which we could follow - another possible architecture because the world and architecture within which we live is just one of many possibilities.

Advisors: Hannes Stiefel, Wolfgang Tschapeller