“Demolished Modified Endangered” at Haus der Architektur Graz

The exhibition presents architecture models of 45 icons of modern Austrian architecture. The chosen buildings have all either been changed, destroyed or were never realised. The models do not aim at being a scaled down direct representation of the build spaces. Instead the models seek to show the core design ideas of the projects.


Haus Albrechter Leskoschek – © Robert Anagnostopoulos


Each model is accompanied by a short description of the project as well as the methods and materials used to create the model. This project was carried out at the Institute of Construction and Design Principles (KOEN) at the Technical University of Graz. The institute, which has its focus primarily on teaching architecture to first year students, was founded in 2013. (more…)

“Lacaton & Vassal / inhabiting: pleasure and luxury for everyone” exhibition at AUT

The architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, winners of the latest BigMat International Architecture Award are among the internationally most important representatives of a “pragmatic” and at the same time social architecture that questions the economic as well as the ecological foundations of building.


Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault


They see the creation of open areas and “luxurious” living spaces as one of the main tasks of their architecture. Thanks to simple and industrial materials, they succeed in generating affordable and architectonically high-quality living space. In their first project, the single-family House Latapie from 1993, they already formulate the basic features of their further work. An adapted greenhouse construction is pulled over a simple wooden structure and defines a climatic shell that acts as a winter garden or extended living space. In this way, 185 m2 of usable space arose for what was then just over 55,000 Euros. The greenhouse theme subsequently assumes a central role in their work, because there is hardly a project that does not take up certain elements or set pieces of this industrial horticultural product. (more…)

“SOS Brutalism Save the Concrete Monsters!” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Love it or hate it, the rediscovered Brutalist architecture leaves nobody cold. The exhibition presents international and outstanding Austrian examples highlighting the projects’ architectural and social relevance.


 IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010


For several decades Brutalist buildings were vilified as architectural eyesores, and torn down or left to decay. Does the current hype herald a reversal in this trend? The global online initiative SOS Brutalism – which has already compiled over 1000 buildings in a database (www.SOSBrutalism.org) – inspired a major exhibition project at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. The exhibition to have emerged from the global online platform offers, for the first time, a world-wide survey of Brutalist buildings completed on every continent between 1853 and 1979. What societal developments, which architectural and political ideas provide the context for this international phenomenon? However the exhibition also pursues the question of whether Brutalism can even be defined, or how, and addresses possible strategies for renovation in line with accepted conservation practice.


“Relations” by Snøhetta at AUT: a social landscape in which to sit, play and walk

The exhibition features an site-specific installation and a several rooms displaying Snøhetta —and their collaborator’s— work: contrasting designs, materials and prototypes with the finished project, it is possible to see the Norwegian office’s approach to the design process and built architecture.


"Social Landscape" installation at  „Snøhetta: Relations“ © Günter Richard Wett

“Social Landscape” installation at „Snøhetta: Relations“ © Günter Richard Wett


Especially conceived for the aut exhibition, “Relations” makes the interdisciplinary, social and landscape-related approach so characteristic of Snøhetta visible and experiential.

A “social landscape” has been constructed as the main element — one you can lay, sit or walk on — which wants to animate people to a new type of spatial perception or invite them to have a picnic. In addition, a set of projects will be shown with sketches, designs, prototypes, models and photographs.  (more…)

“Care + Repair” a public workspace by Architekturzentrum Wien within Vienna Biennale 2017

How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism contribute to it? Care and repair are concrete activities; they are effective at specific locations. Architekturzentrum Wien is going beyond the in-house Museums Quartier exhibition spaces for the Care + Repair project, establishing a public workspace on the former railway territory of the Nord-bahnhof grounds, one of the largest inner-city development zones in Vienna.


Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri


The Care + Repair project initiates a trial run on the Nordbahnhof, as an exemplary slice of urban space, with its old and new neighbours and impressive overgrown grounds. The official urban planning concept foresees to keep the large-scale overgrown area with the old water tower and the coexistence of lizards, toads, birds, and recreational users open for the public. The curators Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny have invited six international architectural teams (a-works – Cristian Stefanescu/Bergen, Gabu Heindl/Vienna, Zissis Kotionis+Phoebe Giannisi/Volos, Rotor/Brussels, Meike Schalk/Stockholm and Rosario Talevi/Berlin) to develop proposals for Care + Repair prototypes. (more…)

“In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019” at Architekturzentrum Wien

The exhibition ‘In The End: Architecture’ journeys back into the future, which begins at the end of the 1950s. Since then this “End” of architecture declared in the title has been repeatedly proclaimed, whereby each crisis has, so far, meant a new beginning.


Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 08.jpg, 0.9 MB © Tomio Ohashi

Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 © Tomio Ohashi


To mark the retirement of founding director Dietmar Steiner, the Architekturzentrum Wien is taking a look at sixty years of international architecture history while making current, inspiring movements for change palpable. (more…)

“Transmaterial” opening exhibition by Andrés Jaque at Frederick Kiesler Foundation

The Prize-winner of the 10th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2016, Andrés Jaque, presents an exhibition featuring videos of the most important theoretical works carried out by the Office for Political Innovation in the recent years, including “Sales Oddity”, awarded with the Silver Lion at Venice two years ago.


Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation: Superpowers of Ten ©  Jorge López Conde

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation: Superpowers of Ten © Jorge López Conde


On the occasion of the awarding of the 10th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, the Frederick Kiesler Foundation presents in its exhibition space an installation with selected video works by Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation; inlcuding: ‘IKEA Disobedients’ (the first architectural performance to be included in the MoMA’s collection), ‘Sales Oddity’ (winner of the Silver Lion as the Best Research Project at the 14th La Biennale di Venezia) and their new work ‘Pornified Homes’, currently on view for the first time at the Oslo Architecture Triennale. (more…)

“Back Home: the architecture of Raimund Abraham” retrospective

Architekturzentrum Wien takes the Austrian architect’s works back to Lienz in a retrospective exhibition featuring original drawings, plans and photographs of Abraham’s work, as well as a video documentary by Jonas Mekas.


Raimund Abraham, Draft for the Facade, Hypo Lienz 02.jpg, 2.3 MB © Architekturzentrum Wien, Sammlung, Foto: Christoph Freyer

Raimund Abraham, Draft for the Facade, Hypo Lienz © Architekturzentrum Wien, Sammlung, Foto: Christoph Freyer


Architekturzentrum Wien in Vienna presents an exhibition on Austrian architect Raimund Abraham, which will be displayed at Schloss Bruck museum in Lienz, the architect’s hometown.  The exhibition named “Back Home” is the result of a comprehensive work of research and collaboration with artists in order to give Abraham’s work a new meaning and perspective. The architect’s drawings will be displayed alongside the works of Markus Oberndorfer, photographer, and Jonas Mekas, filmmaker. (more…)

“Form Follows…” 9 optimistic positions/practices and 291 ideas from the Future Architecture Platform

The “Form Follows…” exhibition at the House of Architecture – HDA Graz will allow visitors to discover the intellectual and practical universes of nine optimistic, young architectural positions/practices that develop possible answers to relevant societal questions in order to get an insight about what drives them in their designs.


Plan Comun, Die grüne Alternative © Plan Comun

Plan Comun, Die grüne Alternative © Plan Comun


All these inspiring architects are filled with fresh optimism and the will to give form to their visions, and by that they invite us to dream of possible futures.

raumbilderfogen: a cinematic cartography between Armin Linke and Harun Farocki

Farocki’s 1995 documentary Schnittstelle (Interface) serves as starting point for Armin Linke’s installation —a reflection of an individual artistic way of working, drawing upon already existing images. Linke analyzes and documents spaces that surround people and searches for the connection of these various areas.


Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information IQOQI Innsbruck, Austria, 2015 Credit: © Armin Linke

Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information IQOQI Innsbruck, Austria, 2015 Credit: © Armin Linke


For many years the photographer and filmmaker Armin Linke has been analyzing and documenting spaces that surround people, spaces they have created or adapted themselves to—his archive meanwhile contains over 100,000 photographs.

In most cases, architecture plays the main role in his images, not in the sense of classic architectural photography, but rather as a medium for depicting the change of ideologies, cultural conditions and political tensions. (more…)