November 20, 2018 - Austrian Society for Architecture - Education: An Urban Inquiry
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November 20, 2018
November 20, 2018

Austrian Society for Architecture

Henley Halebrown, Hackney New School, London, 2013-15. Photo: Nick Kane. © Henley Halebrown.

Education: An Urban Inquiry
A co-production of the IoA and the Austrian Society for Architecture
November 23–24, 2018, 11am

Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 7
1030 Vienna

Introductory address: Gerald Bast, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Greeting: Elise Feiersinger, Austrian Society for Architecture, Vienna

Keynote speaker: Herman Hertzberger, Amsterdam

The growth of cities worldwide imposes increasing demands on public infrastructure, and educational buildings constitute one component of that infrastructure. Renowned theorists and design professionals will convene in Vienna this week to explore architectural responses to these demands.

The Urban Inquiry places special emphasis on careful use of resources, with respect to both life-cycle energy and land use. In addition, it examines how intensified use of educational buildings can contribute to a city’s vibrancy. These endeavors can best be achieved through concepts that incorporate and refurbish existing buildings, or, in the case of new construction, allow for future adaptation and conversion. The themes are both tangible and intangible, and the emphasis is on presenting a synthesis of theory and practice.

The Urban Inquiry aims to provide the basis for debate on the role of the public sector in the future of educational buildings, and, at the same time, to focus attention on matters of urban design. The symposium seeks to foster the discourse on the future of educational buildings. To this end, lectures will be held on the synergy of design and educational theory, as well as on urbanistic aspects, typology, and the development of the brief. These lectures will be complemented by presentations of buildings demonstrating corresponding principles.

These case studies will be presented in three panels. The first panel, Dense Use, will feature the work of Elisabeth Boersma (planB., Rotterdam), Christoph Pichler and Johann Traupmann (pxt architekten, Vienna), and Jean-Philippe Vassal (Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Paris). The discussion following the presentations will examine the different impacts the interventions have had on their respective surroundings and the interaction of the educational facilities with their neighborhoods.

The projects presented in the second panel, Urban Reconstruction, required intense engagement with buildings already present on the site. These case studies will be presented by Simon Henley (Henley Halebrown, London), Misa Shibukawa and Raphael Eder (S.E.A., Vienna) and Gavin Henderson (Stanton Williams, London). Matthias Boeckl (IoA) will discuss the work from the perspective of how cities evolve over time.

The third panel, Augmented Campus, examines different approaches to making additions to campus settings. Philippe Bürgler (Menzi Bürgler Architekten, Zurich), Rina Shindo and Skarn Chaiyawat (Chaiyawat + Shindo + Wisuthumporn, Bangkok), Joke Vermeulen (Compagnie-O, Ghent), and Piet Eckert (E2A, Zurich) will present examples, and Bernhard Sommer (IoA) will provide his expertise on sustainable construction.

These three panels will be moderated by Elise Feiersinger, chairwoman of the Austrian Society of Architects, Andreas Vass (Hubmann Vass Architekten), and Ulrich Huhs (Ulrich Huhs Architekt).

The theoretical underpinnings will be provided—from different vantage points—by: Ulrike Stadler-Altmann (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), Christian Kühn (TU Wien), Marika Schmidt (mrschmidt Architekten, Berlin), Antje Lehn (Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna), Jeremy Hoskyn (City of Zurich). The discussion will be moderated by Michael Zinner (Kunst Universitaet Linz) and Manfred Russo (Universität Wien).

Free and open to the public.

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