Shortlisted Projects 2020

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Communal Power Plant

Klara Jörg, Vienna (AUT)

The project Communal Power Plant researches ways of integrating the production of renewable energy into Europe’s former coal-mining towns and, simultaneously, creating shared spaces for interaction and generation. In order to rein­vigorate the strong community structure and the connection between the city and its surrounding area, the project proposes a system of routes through the former working-class districts of Puertollano (ESP). The combination of a solar and a ‘hydro’ path creates routes that enjoy pleasant temperatures and connect architectural interventions: Spatially defined by the phenom­ena of water and light, the production of renew­able energy ensures the self-sufficiency of the new communal spaces.

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Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Suburbia

Milla Koivulehto, Josef Steckermeier, Thomas Benedikt Spitzer, Biel (CH)

“Metamorphosis” as a guiding concept behind a process for transforming typical districts of detached houses. What social and spatial poten­tial, which is hidden in these settlement struc­tures in the Zwischenstadt, could inform tomor­row’s residential patterns and ways of life? And which concepts could lead to sustainable and ho­listic development? A search for strategies and tools for creating a genuine suburban utopia ...

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Mutualism in the City

Gary Yeow, Amy Peacock, Sean Craig, Glasgow (UK)

The development of cities is traditionally based around the city centre as being the hub which holds the densest population and jobs, but this project proposes the antithesis. ‘Mutualism in the City’ is built on a polycentric model that redistributes population and wealth to surround­ing districts, and explores how lending the city centre back to nature can create healthier, more enjoyable and more successful cities.

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The Other Spaces (Die anderen Räume)

Eva Herunter, Vienna (AUT)

The well-developed, 21st-century city is a woven tissue of old and new, natural and artificial. Die anderen Räume addresses the city as an eco­system and reconsiders the notions of produc­tion, upkeep, transformation and decay in urban landscapes. The substance of the city of the future is sought in places in which human in­terventions overlap with the inherent momentum of non-human metabolic processes. These will be characterized by cooperation, adaptability and a readiness to experiment as a result of which we will transform the existing into the sustainable and new.

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Wiener Null: Vienna's Terrestrial Zones

Natascha Peinsipp, Felix Steinhoff, asphalt-kollektiv (AT / DE)

The project tells the story of a radical trans­formation of Vienna, of the process of using the resource of land and of the democratization of this process. In reaction to climate change, a progressive, district-by-district renewal of the city is launched, beginning at Vienna’s Northwest Station. An evolving network of three-dimensional terrestrial zones, “Wiener Null” incorporates areas with no clear purpose as well as functionally and heterogeneously used urban spaces in which people are considered no longer central but, rather, dependent. This leads to the development of hybrids of the natural and the artificial – an overlapping of the worlds of man and machine, animals and plants.

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Working Gardens

Andrea Bit, Maciej Wieczorkowski, Dividual office, Rotterdam (NL)

Working gardens questions the nature of office parks in an age of rapid transformation of the working conditions. Manipulation of the quite generic typology allows to challenge the contem­porary standardized living and production envi­ronment with the introduction of the possibil­ity of hedonism. This approach intends to find a counterpart to the paradigm of efficiency by refocusing on needs, uses, activities and ritu­als of people as a source of architectural form.

Winner of the Additional Prize Vienna

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 Urban Farm (Stadtbauernhof)

Vannessa Braun, Daniel Löschenbrand, Vienna (AUT)

The idea of the Stadtbauernhof follows the principle of a materially closed loop in which people work, produce and live. We see the farm as the archetype of the mixed-use city, in which short economic cycles should strengthen the resilience of neighbourhoods. The strategy is defined by addressing such current issues as participative urban ecology, the intensification of local networks, the activation of a range of urban components, productive green spaces and urban food production.

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.

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