Tracing Footsteps: The Dynamic Ecological Footprint
completed by: Grga Basic - Understanding environmental issues and acting towards a more sustainable future is commonly driven by guilt and fear. Rather than criticizing our life style this project focuses on the built environment and infrastructural systems and visualizes the extent of an urban dweller’s Ecological Footprint acording to his or her energy and water consumption, mobility patterns etc. Through a set of maps, the project thus places one’s environmental impact in a complex construct of infrastructural networks and dependencies between parameters of natural and urban environments. Inhabiting a city therefore turns into acting on defined and sometimes distant territories at specific times.
completed by:Tina Wintersteiger - Hundertundein Feld explores the possibility of urban community supported agriculture in Vienna. The design project for an agricultural building in Simmering is based on an extensive research work of food production and distribution in Vienna. The analysis maps the metabolic the cycle of farming, harvesting, distribution and sale, consumption and waste management of fresh vegetable in Vienna. The project then intervenes at a local scale acting as short circuit in the industrialized system.
Master Planning Paradise
completed by:Sophie Hochhäusl - The research thesis documents the transformation of Vienna’s communal housing policies from the 1920’s to today based on selected case studies and examines the correlation between social agenda and their architectural manifestation. The analysis disentangles the roles of various players involved in the building process and juxtaposes hard facts with political discourse. Finally it speculates on necessary structural changes Vienna’s current housing subsidies would have to undergo, in order for its architecture to live up to its enduring social democratic ambitions.
Landscape of contemporary infrastructure
completed by: Dagnija Smilga - This regional strategy plan aims at counteracting rural exodus in isolated areas of Latvia through the alternative forms of exploiting local resources. The documentation of local specificities and micro-public spaces is combined with strategic analysis of the geographic and economic territory and arrives at a complex matrix of infrastructural interventions that bridge multiple scales and urban systems.
Learning from Robin Hood Gardens
completed by: Gilbert Berthold - In an attempt to save London’s Robin Hood Gardens from demolition, the project takes on the real estate developer’s brief, yet proposes a scenario that preserves the Smithsons’ scheme. Meanwhile the new master plan also critically addresses discrepancies between some of Smithsons’ original ambitions and the actual realization. The transformation then attempts to reinterpret the Smithsons’ principals into the context of today.
Glass Beyond Transparency
completed by:Mark Werner - Departing from Rowe’s and Slutzky’s canonical essay on transparency and its reception this research thesis argues that materiality of glass itself undermines the opposition between phenomenal and literal and has the capacity to act as both. It thus explores, methods of material transformation to produce effects of ambivalent visual relationships through superimpositions, illusions of simultaneity and fluctuating spatiality.
completed by:Martin Denk - This thesis project proposes a prototype for a juvenile prison in Austria. Its organization is derived from the meticulous choreography of the inmates’ daily routine. Its architecture offers differentiated spaces with varying degrees of privacy and shared facilities layered in three zones, each allowing for different types of social interaction. The project aims at rehabilitating individuals through the experience of living in different collective settings.
From "Wien Museum am Karlsplatz" to "Karlsplatzmuseum an der Wien"
completed by:Patrick Hammer - The project provides an extension to the existing museum of the city of Vienna. The new wing extends into the city while literally dissecting its urban surroundings with a path along which the many historic and infrastructural layers are gradually revealed. The museum of the city is turned inside-out, no longer trying to contain the city, but rather dissolving into the city and acting as a viewing apparatus.
In Medias Res
completed by: Nefeli Papakyriakopoulou - Re-constructing a parallel trip (based on true stories) of an informal migrant and a tourist, between Morocco and Greece and their routes, as well as my research on their traces, this project aims to grasp the complexity of contemporary phenomena as mass migration and mass tourism focusing on the different scales of spaces—from the geopolitical territory to the body, from the space of expectation to the transnational one. Shifting away from a Euro-centric vision and the western imaginary, this is a narration of the relationship between place and identity while unfolding the multidimensionality of space.
Selected Thesis Projects
project status: Varies
Brief synopsis on advisory role of thesis projects.