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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.