This semester the studio will be based in Vienna and will focus on the future of the city's urban revitalization by utilizing Artificial Intelligence in the design process and implementation.

Vie.culture 4.0
Vie.culture 4.0 is a proposal for a district development in Spittelau, Vienna. Global rising temperatures are endangering current wine regions around the world, asking for solutions to secure wine production and culture developed around it, this includes Austrian viniculture.
The proposed habitat functions are residential units for scientists, research labs for cross-breeding new types of grapes, grape-growing facades, and synthetic wine production connected to public halls. The neighborhood is inhabited by humans, plans, and robots in a symbiotic relationship.

Studio project by:
Elizaveta Karpacheva
Sharon Sarfati
Maria Gross
Igor Ivanec
Residual morphogenesis
Considering that the current times are deeply characterized by numerous and seemingly
ever-emerging precarities, by which human societies and urban societies in particular seem to be affected the most. Precarities include
socio-economic instabilities, potential regional security threats, the more pressing and urgent ecological, and climatic despair. To enable urbanized societies to be resilient in facing potential threats, social cohesion is of key significance in urban diverse societies to build a strong network of trust interdependence and cooperation and empathy, despite culture, Social class, belief and demeanour.

Studio project by:
Kyryll Dmytrenko
Adham Sinan
Jonathan Kielhorn
Angelica Chernitska
Synesthesia a project aims to explore the relationship between sound and geometry and how this relationship can be used to create unique and visually appealing representations of sound through AI-based techniques. By investigating the transformation of natural sound typologies into 2D and 3D geometries, the project aims to provide a new way of experiencing sound, that can have various applications in fields like music, art, and entertainment. Additionally, the use of multi-revolutionary AI performance functional platforms will help the project produce dynamic results.

Studio project by:
Mohammed Abdelhady
Hümeyra Çam
Melika Hadjarzadeh
Nikita Ponomarev

Behavioral Intersection
The proposal adopts computational and data-driven design methodologies and aims to contribute to the increasingly developing and relevant discourse of architecture and ecology. Based on the underlying principle that all buildings erode, pollute, and decay over time, the project endeavors to use this essence of temporality to form a symbiosis between the existing infrastructure, ecological entities, and the new.

Studio project by:
Christiane Braml
Louis Braunger
Oliver Thomas Hamedinger
David Kipp
Experimenting with AI and specially image generation algorithms as a sketch tool, made us question the possibility of having representational visualizations implemented in the beginning of design methodology. The project aims to push the AI model to produce specified architectural quality; rather than a collage of the data set that it has been trained on. In doing so, programmatic features, contextual graffiti and mass to void relationships, have been introduced to Midjourney to produce images of architectural blocks. And then, adding a layer of our intervention and human error, 3D blocks have been modeled to form clusters of different programs which can construct the final project. The end result is a palimpsest of mismatched conditions and different moments at time and space. Layers of the AI's data set, graffiti on site, cut-out parts of the collage, and our interpretation of the architectural program and spatial qualities are accumulated to build up this artistic hub.

Studio project by:
Allen Bell
Meltem Cinar
Mohammad Sajad Ghaderi
Soroush Naderi

Sensing Cities
The project explores means of mitigating chronic environmental stress within urban agglomerations. With a particular focus on intensely circulated environments that augment air pollutant concentrations and decibel levels to extents far exceeding healthy thresholds, the work investigates the non-obtrusive integration of kinetically adaptive component-based assemblies into public space, in an effort to not only mitigate the adverse physiological effects of stressors but catalyse human activity.

Prediploma project by:
Sarah Agill
Blaue Donau
Blaue Donau is an interactive performance space that combines the use of Artificial Intelligence, live music and environmental sounds. In an island, famous not only for its recreational nature ,but also for hosting one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, Donauinsel, is going to become into the epicentre of emerging AI technologies in music production. The ability of AI and the creativity of music producers make possible a symbiotic relationship between humans and software. With the use of algorithms, this project is capable of interacting with the visitors, as one of the most important contributors, engaging them with the building and its final output.

Prediploma project by:
Alejandro Estrella
Terrestrial Anthropocene
Scientific Illustration of Adaptation of the Economical University of Vienna for the needs of Reptile Educational and Research Center with Sanctuary of Invasive Species.

Constantly increasing temperatures result in climatic shifts, causing the spread of species out of their natural boundaries and becoming invasive, hibernation and reproduction cycles are affected, resulting in forced migration or starvation.

What if we built not just for us, but also for other living creatures, who are sharing the same space with us? Microperformative structures, which act like living organisms, deteriorating and growing in cycles just as nature does, might be the hope.

First photo by Miriam Löscher, other photos by Werkstätte Digitale Fotografie, Paul.

Prediploma project by:
Miriam Löscher
Vienna Temporal Shadows
The focus of this project is on mainly revitalizing the abandoned industrial zones with the adjacency of the residential buildings by utilizing Artificial intelligence(AI) in the design process. My personal fascination and curiosity with the ornaments and details caused noticing particular pattern focal points and different categorical conditions and typologies that involve an intensive scrutiny of its individual parts. The area is juxtaposed with abandoned railways and is not pedestrian friendly. I did Tracing, Sampling, and Retrieving as the methodology, so extracted the existing focal points on the site that acted as signifiers to the city based on their particular façade patterns, then use AI to provide the gradient or fusion of focal points in between a gradient of pattern, materiality, and color. Which would offer different layers of information.

Prediploma project by:
Saba Mahdavi
Reconsideration of Conventional Architecture in Central Asia
This project intends to rethink the typology of conventional architecture in Central Asia using the example of a neighborhood in the old city of Tashkent. The city's old quarters with narrow streets are the bearers of the city's DNA. Attempts to relocate citizens to modernist-designed neighborhoods have threatened the disappearance of traditional interaction forms between citizens. The project transforms low and mid-rise houses in connection with the city's public venues. What should we do with war ruins? Destroy or reinvent them? In the center of Vienna's 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:
Ibrahim Dusmukhamedov
A Neu Clear Age
An Artificial Landscape Using Nuclear Waste As a Mediator

"A Neu Clear Age" is an investigation into the architectural implications that would arise from the management of nuclear waste within Vienna. The project aims to leverage the thermal properties of nuclear waste to create an artificial spring as a short-term strategy by rediverting streams from the Danube River and to contemplate the eventual radioactive decay and its potential transition into a mineral repository in the long now.

Prediploma project by:
Shpend Pashtriku
Modes of NonStandardization
leveraging machine intelligence in non-linear modes of design

The project is an exploration towards a more material-informed architecture. New developments in reinforcement learning become the starting point for a piece of software that supports non-linear modes of design, constantly oscillating between human and machine intelligence. Targeted specifically at timber construction, the work aims to develop a design methodology as well as an architectural formalism, which allows for the reuse of non-standardized timber parts.

Prediploma project by:
Raffael Stegfellner
Sponge & Vessels
A food production campus

It is an adaptive system based on sea level within a long-time span. Food production has also shifted from wide-coverage patch agriculture to point-like advanced protein production. In the end, the project achieves the purpose of rewilding, becoming a new interface between the city and the sea.

Prediploma project by:
Qian Yu