Population growth, increasing urbanisation and social change pose new challenges for architecture and urban planning. Reflecting these processes of change, Superscape opens a creative space for unconventional ideas meant to deliver new impulses to real-life architectural output and urban development. The biennial prize seeks to encourage innovative and visionary architectural concepts that explore new models of living and strategies for inhabiting an urban context over a broad expanse of 30 years.
Motivation of the Organisers
Starting with this year’s edition of Superscape the prize is offered as a joint project by the private developers, JP Immobilien, and the non-profit developers, WBV-GPA Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte. Both develop not only living spaces, but living environments. Therefore, they strive to support social, cultural and environment-related issues as part of their corporate responsibility. In their work they also address the changes in society that are accompanying digitalisation – such as the changes in how we live and work and where these activities take place – particularly in the context of this year’s subject of the mixed-use city. Since architecture and urban planning always also interfere with the social environment, it is important to make a lasting contribution to the tension-filled field of architecture, its protagonists, inhabitants and designers. Thus, Superscape mainly focuses on establishing a long-term workshop of ideas and providing visionary concepts that deliver impulses for today’s projects.
Vienna Business Agency
Additional prize in Vienna – Founders Lab
The jury and the Vienna Business Agency will choose a project from all the entries to Superscape from Vienna and will offer the authors of this project the opportunity to participate in the two-month learning and workshop format “Founders lab” in autumn 2020. The participants in Founders Lab – Creative Industries, a new vocational learning and workshop format, are professionally accompanied and individually coached for two months by top-level experts and trainers from the creative industries and firmly anchored in Vienna’s creative industries network.