The semester topic focused on the future of urban transformation driven by the celebration of the 2026 Winter Olympics in the cities of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy.

The typology of an arena will evolve from the
traditional, moving away from independent
structures that sit idly on the perimeter of
our cities, to reclaiming public space within
our city centres.
Our E-sports arena explores how a new typology
of architecture is needed to correspond with
the rapidly changing habits and desires of spectators,
technology and sport.

Project by:
Adriana Böck
Jade Bailey

The winter olympics is one of the worlds most vast events with the need of housing for up to 3000+ athletes.
This scenario raises the need for an urban development to house all of these people, for 16 days, in different locations.
The big question is, What happens to these developments when the 16 day olympics is over?
Situated between Milan, Livigno and Cortina in Italy,
the project explores the idea of an architecture existing in two different environments one rural,
one urban, one temporary, one permanent, one with harsh environmental conditions the other less so.

Project by:
Jo Cook
Witchaya Jingjit
Simon Weishäupl

The topic for the studio deals with the future of urban transformation, and is focused on the celebration of the 2026 Winter Olympics in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
The way we experience live events and the flow of information around them is constantly evolving. We designed a Media House, to be located at the site of the Games, where fans can watch live events as part of a crowd, or in smaller forums, or even individually -- seeing the Games unfold in real time, along with a vast array of onscreen data, statistics, slo-mo techniques, camera angles and other viewing personalization.
After the Olympics, the Media House would continue to function, but now as an Alpine Archive, its unique capabilities reoriented to collect and showcase data from around the world to help enable Alpine research, a growing imperative in this era of climate change.

Project by:
Kaveh Cheri
Josh Horovitz
Leonard Kern

The main aim of the Phase-transition project is to answer a problem of after-life of Olympic facilities. We live in a time when the problem of Olympic "white-elephants" is becoming more and more urgent. It has negative impact not only on local economic situation but also on general perceiving of Olympics.
In the first phase of Olympic period the main focal point of our building is ice hockey arena with temporary ice dome. After the Olympic the dome is melting, the seats are being disassembled and the main function of the building is shifting to sport and rehabilitation facilities.

Project by:
Alejandro Estrella
Monika Kalinskowa
Denis Karandiuk

" With changing climate comes new conditions. As an event massively depending on its natural surroundings – the Winter Olympics are facing challenges having to cover vast areas to host all its events. The Olympic Transport Prototype choreographs these rapidly expanding journeys by automating the transitions between the different means of transport needed to reach remote locations. Integrating local needs such as access to education facilities – the building serves as an epicentre - exposing research to the constant flux of travellers passing through."

Project by:
Oskar Heslyk
Emma Sanson
Patricia Tibu

What architectural methods have to be applied to encourage people to be more active?
Maybe it can be tacked by reinventing a park like scenario, by transforming it into a built public forum for celebrating sports and physical activity.
Located in former railway yard of Porta Romana the Hyper park is proposed to become a huge playground for the citizens of Milan. It is like a fun-park where every visitor despite their age, sex or fitness level can find challenging and exciting spaces for sports. The park is a collection of misshaped static or kinetic venues connected by a multilayered path system. These elements form a complex urban heart which generates new sport-based social encounters, catalyses people to be more inventive and reactive to the architectural spaces and eventually instigate a more physically active society.

Project by:
Simonas Sutkus
Qian Yu
Zhiyi Zhang

This project delves into sustainable design for future sports architecture. Using Speed Skating Arenas as a typology, Alex investigated how it could be made using robots, used in a post human world and have a positive lasting impact on the local environment.

Project by:
Alex Ahmad

Natural, artificial (synthetic) technological optimization for the physical and mental enhancement of the user (post-human and in terms of the Olympic games 2026 athlete).
The typology can be seen as a research facility (on earthly genotypes in order to augment and improve human capabilities, augmentation, prosthetics) for healthcare, performance optimization, and recovery.
The Hybrid will consist out of four modules, diagnostic & treatments, regeneration, a Laboratory and a surgical facility.
The first one is fully concentrating on the physical performance and is providing training techniques of the future.
After and in between the training, the regeneration module provides spaces for a cognitive and mental enhancement of the user( Athlete).
The laboratory is researching on earthly genotypes in order to augment and "improve" human capabilities and the mental and physical performance of the athlete .

Project by:
Leonie Eitzenberger

Vision of the Olympic village / adaptive infrastructure to the future climate scenarios simulated by IPCC. Structure is embedded within the mountain located in Italian Dolomites, overlooking Cortina D'Ampezzo, one of the 3 sites of Winter Olympics 2026.
Collection of volumes is interlocking into each other, forming a fully equipped Olympic village of the near future utilising robotic storage systems for the Winter Olympics in Italy. Over the course of time of the Olympic event afterlife, building reacts through its geological sensors to permafrost thawing and uses reservoirs to collect precipitation, which is eventually used as a medium of locomotion via system of hydraulic pistons and rope and pulley dependencies. The hydrological dynamics of mountain erosion are used to predetermine a masterplan of rail systems / stabilizing infrastructure for the deteriorating mountain.
This system harvests the emergent energy potential of the mountain and uses it to activate building masses to slide down to the predefined locations, transforming into afterlife programs of geopark or communal housing to providing suitable environment for the subsequent climate scenarios and the deadline of 2030, 2050 and projecting out to 2100.

Project by:
Jan Kovaricek

This project revolves around the changes of the urban environment and the understanding of the processes which are currently shaping it. It is important to map out these changes, understand and react according our times. The vulnerability of cities is its immobile character towards climate-induced changes. By understanding the urgency of climate change as a security issue, we will need to recognise the importance of revolutionising and innovating our build fabric.
Taking these results into consideration and developing a concept for a Olympic village in Cortina. Localising the centers of Cortina brings as a result to split up the village in two and adding a Hub for the Athletes and Public in the Center of the village. This should on one hand make the Olympic Vibe visible and wide spread throughout the city.

Project by:
Simon Schömann

Hyper Mobility, posits that through the expansion and acceleration of existing modes of transport, geographic disconnection and rural flight can be mitigated, inaugurating a bettered social and economic scenario for both rural and urban environments. Embracing the fact of the abundance of cars and in anticipation of the autonomous vehicle, Hyper_Mobility has here been explored in the forms of encapsulating either vehicle within a capsule that grants access to acceleration via a network of trans-continental hyperloops. The interface and off/loading to such a system takes form as a 'Hyper_Junction'. Facilitating transition from road to hyperloop, the junction also stores and circulates the capsules and in addition to provides public space for transfer to the ski slopes and gondola lifts. Such space and transfer is necessary as the intervention allows a means of access that will see cortina become the most accessible mountain resort in europe.

Project by:
Kieran Tait