YOSTAR - Young Styrian Architecture
Petra Kickenweitz/Žiga Kresević/Armin Stocker (eds.)
Graz: Publishing Company of Graz University of Technology, October 2018
German/Slovenian, 376 pages, paperback
As part of the Architecture Summer 2018 at the Haus der Architektur (HDA) in Graz, the ambitious cross-border exhibition and book project YOSTAR - Young Styrian Architecture starts with an open call to architects, civil engineers and architects from Austrian and Slovenian Styria with offices founded from the year 2000 onwards.
YOSTAR introduces a new generation of young architects who have remained largely undiscovered after the financial crisis, especially on the Slovenian side, and identifies similarities and/or oppositions in their work: in the conception of projects and approach to building, in researching, in writing and in representation. On the basis of its own works, inspiration projects and anonymous spatial situations, the generation YOSTAR adopts its own perspective on architecture. This shows that the architecture of Styria has long since arrived in the global digital age of interconnected work. In addition to the 21 participants from Slovenia, projects from Germany, Kosovo, Mexico and Spain are gathered together.
The present book YOSTAR documents 76 submitted projects and accompanied exhibitions in Graz, Maribor and in the Architektur Galerie Berlin.
The project documentation is complemented by three essays by Assoc. Prof. Andreas Lechner of the TU Graz, dedicated to the architectural history of the "Graz School", by Matevž Čelik Director of MAO_Slovenia in Lubjiana, who writes about building in a geographical and historical context in Slovenia, and by the architectural critic Walter M. Chramosta, who considers the rise of a young ethical attitude and building culture.
Petra Kickenweitz is an architect and research associate in the Institute of Construction and Design Principles.
Žiga Kresević is an architect and was a research assciate in the Institute of Architecture Technology.
Armin Stocker is an architect and research associate in the Institute of Construction and Design Principles.