Shortlist projects 2022


Carbon Capture Towers

Alessandro Bianchi (IT) with A. Rebeca, C. Rodriguez, I. Agrawal, K. Mathews, P. Soundy, P. Rawat, D. Fuentes, V. Cornejo, M. B. Aguirre

The Carbon Capture Towers are intended to improve the city suburb image and reduce air pollution due to particulate matter. The project aims to highlight the vertical landscape of Cremona, enhancing the relationship with the old towers of the city. These towers of 21 floors structure host functions such as residence, offices, and restaurants, embodying a biophilic design that doubles the architectural function with air purification at a local scale.


Would you like to take the climate walkwith me?

Klara Jörg, Julian Raffetseder (AT / CH)

The project investigates the public potential of Vienna’s courtyards with the aim of creating new forms of access and benefitting from the diversity of these existing spaces. Such optimisation of the urban realm through the exploitation of previously unused residual spaces is also facilitated by the densification of existing buildings through the addition of extra storeys and elements – constructional interventions with a targeted climatic impact. The inhabitants of the densified city benefit from a climatically diverse range of external spaces, additional living space and new connections at the scale of the neighbourhood.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -Realtime Participatory Living

Alexander Grasser, Alexandra Parger (AT)

The vision of sustainable living and resilient architecture is based on a human-centered approach that empowers inhabitants to customize and adapt their spaces throughout the different stages of their lives, creating an open architecture where variation, inclusion, and complexity emerge through participation. Using a real-time computer-aided participatory design process, individual, customized design ideas and compatible components are transformed into a coherent, collective, open architecture that incorporates "reduce, reuse, and recycle" as design guidelines while adapting to the regional context.



Nikola Pohl, Marie Waller (AT)

The concept “Stadtlandschaft” (urban landscape) develops typologies that represent a synergy between nature and city. It creates a new, hybrid form of settlement, while retaining and reinforcing the identity and diversity of the existing landscape. This synergy applies layers of meaning to the finite resource of “land” with the aim of establishing a balance between the human and natural worlds. Constructional “catalysts” amongst these typologies stimulate the creation of sustainable cycles and of a stable, future-proof and high-quality habitat for humans, flora and fauna.


The Grafted City

Alberto Roncelli (IT)

“The future city, like its economy, cannot afford leftovers.” The project proposes a critical reading of the unnamed spaces of the contemporary city - the leftovers - investigating a model of urban densification to support future sustainable living. In particular, the Grafted City builds its landscape by reclaiming underused spaces and promoting the creation of a network of lightweight architectural experiments to serve, test and iterate new models of sustainability. The project aims to illustrate a new vocabulary for resilient urban architecture.


The Upcycling Hub: New Spatialities for the Circular Cities

Alberto Roncelli, Nicole Vetttore (IT / CH)

New warehouses and factories for storing and repurposing building components are developing as essential spaces of the city's circular economy network. The Upcycling Hub investigates the possibility of extending the function of these places beyond their logistical purpose, towards a role as social aggregators and local marketplaces. The project aims to make the circular economy process visible, accessible and desirable through an architecture that supports not only networks of things, but also networks of people.

Additional Prize Vienna


Greta. Das Grätzlwohnzimmer (The neighborhood living room)

by Antonia Karner, Luca Bierkle & Philippe-Maurice Hällmayer

The idea behind the project is to break down the barriers of the public realm and to expand this into interior spaces. How can this work? By repurposing vacant ground floor zones and handing over these newly created spaces to local people in a participative and open-ended process. GRETA exploits the potential of vacant urban fabric and transforms this in line with the needs of users. All-year-round spaces are handed back, invigorating neighbourhoods and encouraging both consumption-free uses and human encounters – rethinking the notion of the public realm. The Vienna Business Agency is a strong partner for the city’s creative scene in such areas as fashion, design, the art market, gaming, music and architecture and works together with leading experts and trainers.

In cooperation with the Vienna Business Agency

The jury and the Vienna Business Agency selected a winning project from the 17 submissions from the city. This will be rewarded with an exclusive coaching that will focus on the issue of the creative industries.

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