PARADIGM PARK
SUMMER SEMESTER 2022

This semester the focus was on investigation of the architecture of a "Paradigm Park" that reflects rethinking of the future of city space and urban parks.

Synthetic Natures
Neuroarchitecture is a term describing the relationship between spaces and humans, through the lenses of neuroscience. The process of design is derived from principles that are explored through architectural spaces, as the outcomes of the designed atmospheres have a physical impact on the nervous system, hence the physiology of the brain. This research project lays on this understanding of humans and space throughout the Prisma of a geometrical shape, based on Neuroarchitecture research, combined with architectural Theories, such as Friedrich Kieslers' one about humans and space. This correlation was examined through four main triggers - sound, light, color and shape. Methodologically associating the reaction of the user with the trigger in the physical space we get a direct translation to a specified design parameter in the project.

Studio project by:
Miriam Löscher
Elizaveta Karpacheva
Sharon Sarfati
Meltem Çınar
Re:crete Park
The proposal aims to investigate new strategies of upcycling and reconfiguring building material to reorganize the existing structure of the flak tower, situated inside the Augarten. By Cutting into the tower's walls and ceilings, we want to make shaded spaces accessible again, support green areas in its expansion and create natural ventilation processes, to counteract the more and more emerging heat islands within the dense urban areas. The focus also lies on using resulting material leftovers as a source for newly designed structures that are surrounding the tower to form a tectonic landscape which intends to blend the tower with the park.
The redistribution of building parts results in an interesting circulation system guiding through exhibition spaces which are supposed to fuel the public discussion about cultural heritage and sustainable use of space.

Studio project by:
Louis Braunger
David Kipp
Gaowei Zhou
Future Fossils
This project proposes to challenge truthfulness, Nature, and materiality. The ideal is to create a tension between the formal, programmatic, and textural.
We tend to unwrap the site of the project (Augarten Park) and restructure its layers into a new reality. An object that would associate itself with different kinds of categorical conditions. An allusive character that mixes elements from different realms into a coherent whole. Where individual elements of the park from the different times begin to fuse into each other. In the combination of individuals, the whole park and its landscape would be generated.

Studio project by:
Saba Mahdavi
Anastasia Smirnova
Soroush Naderi
Hümeyra Çam
BORDERS OF PLURALITY
Our cities are symbolic in their manifestation of today's inequalities. Throughout the last century, urban policies of neoliberal character have created changed urban fabric that is increasingly homogenous in form and function. Programmes and typologies have been deliberately separated and the public realm in-between has been continuously more controlled in the name of transportation, safety and surveillance. These urban typologies are not only socially unsustainable, they are also unequipped to provide radical solutions to changing environmental concerns and the reality of an imminent climate crisis.

Studio project by:
Tilman Fabini
Lisa-Marie Gerdes
Oliver Thomas Hamedinger
Raffael Stegefellner
Medicus paedagogicus
This project proposes to challenge truthfulness, Nature, and materiality. The ideal is to create a tension between the formal, programmatic, and textural.
We tend to unwrap the site of the project (Augarten Park) and restructure its layers into a new reality. An object that would associate itself with different kinds of categorical conditions. An allusive character that mixes elements from different realms into a coherent whole. Where individual elements of the park from the different times begin to fuse into each other. In the combination of individuals, the whole park and its landscape would be generated.

Studio project by:
Adham Sinan
Mohammed Abdelhady
Olja Radovanovic

Starfishscapes
Stretching up to 21 kilometers, Danube Island (Donauinsel) is a unique green space in the city of Vienna. Initially formed for the better flood risk management of the Danube and as an area for wildlife preservation, over several decades, the Island transformed into a popular place for recreational, water activities and annual cultural events such as Donauinsel Festival. The Island has already formed a spatial identity - however, can it be extended with new insertions? What would happen if the Starfishes, artificial animalistic robots capable of aggregating into kinetic landscapes, populate the Donauinsel? How will the spatial qualities of the Island be affected by this new kind of 'architectural animal'?

Prediploma project by:
Simonas Sutkus
Subtraction
What should we do with war ruins? Destroy or reinvent them? In the center of viennas augarten stands a huge monument of the past. 170.000 tons of concrete left over from second world war. My tower is a substraction of the original shape, milled out of the immense walls of the tower to house a new porous structure which can be understood as a liner exhibiton space down a helix ramp. 77 cocoons show audiovisual exhibitions about the past and the future of conflicts and hopefully sensibilize the visitors how much peace is worth.

Prediploma project by:
Simon Weishäupl
Resonating walls
Resonating walls are a place for musicians for networking, working and performing. The project aims to create an interface between the city and historical park of Augarten, Vienna by reconfiguring its wall. The program given to the wall is inspired by the rich musical heritage of the city as well as its architecture and art. While extending for as long as 550 meters the wall covered with various vibrant patterns turns the introverted garden into a visually more inviting one for citizens.

Studio project by:
Ibrahim Dusmukhamedov