Urbanism

LOCAL SCALE_ The site analysis focused mainly on the usability of the station for the people. In our studies we found 3 main difficulties:

  • Diffiuclt oriantation.
  • Lack of amenities on the platform up to now the station does not offer a sufficient shelter for weather protection nor seating facilities or a kiosk for drinks and snacks.
  • Difficult train/road intersection. 

REGIONAL SCALE_ The regional scale analysis shows the distribution of building plots and points of interest along the S3 train line from Graz to Gleisdorf. The urban sprawl with no significant concentration of people living along the train connection is prominently visible. We consider an increase in density along the line according to the strategy of TOD (transit orientated development) an important potential for the future. Most of the people living in this area are commuting to Graz for work and new developments along the well functioning S3 line could help to better use the existing infrastructure and reduce motorized private transport and traffic jams in the city.

URBAN SCALE_ The significant concentration of major factories and offices around the Raaba station represent an important concentration of workplaces in the region and offer great potential for commuter transport by the S3 train. Just the number of the employees of the three main employers is 8612 and the statistics estimate a continuous rise. The Magna Steyr Graz will increase their workforce for further 3000 in the next few years. Our analysis revealed that an attractive and safe bicyle and pedestrian path from the station to the workplaces is missing and would be a helpful step to increase the use of the train for commuting.

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(c) STDB
(c) STDB
(c) STDB
(c) STDB
(c) STDB

Architecture Technology I

CAMPUS++

The course examines complex structural, spatial and typological requirements and looks out for the potentials of future campus concept as a hybrid building; rethinking the concepts of educational architecture to foster an urban condition and develop strategies to reduce land-use in Shanghai. Focus is a project in the Campus of the Tongji University in Shanghai that creates a new point of density for the campus.

Background is on the one hand a shift in Shanghai’s urban planning strategies to reduce the spread out construction and waste of land for construction. On the other hand, institutions like the Tongji University of Shanghai are encouraged to expand in their interdisciplinarity as well as in their facilities to strengthen their position as selected Universities of China.

Therefore, a campus hybrid has to be located at an exciting spot between the existing campus fabrics. The building shall create a public urban interface as a public link and at the same time provide space as incubator for innovative study and work and living: „a new campus hub“.

Design a proposal for a campus hybrid that meets the given urban framework and proposal for mixed use program. The objective is to develop a precise building that makes the campus a public interface between existent and future campus area, landscape-park, urban hub and the actual programs. The design proposal shall give a sensual structure for the complex functions of a campus as hybrid building.

(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT

Architecture Technology II

Haludovo: Possible Futures

Haludovo: What it was The hotel opened in 1972 as an extravagant retreat and a beachfront casino resort on the island of Krk in Croatia. This was a ‘new town’ which included different vacation typologies, ranging from a big atrium brutalist hotel and modernist pavilions to a vernacular fishing village. The elegant interiors featured hanging gardens, extravagant pools and fountains, all bathed in the Adriatic light. But there were also hundreds of rooms, far too small for today’s standards. During the war in the 1990s the hotel complex became a shelter for refugees.  

Haludovo: What it is today It is a ruin, a derelict and abandoned place, not safe for any kind of use. The present condition is a result of complicated ownership, wasteful human activity, invasive nature and decay of building materials. Despite its state, one can still envision the grandeur Haludovo Palace hotel once had.    

Haludovo: What its possible futures are The studio project will envision the future. We will explore, map, and come up with strategies to design mixed use/hybrid projects which will range from urban planning to interior design of this derelict structure.

The project works as a joint studio of the Graz University of Technology, the Zagreb Faculty of architecture and the Faculty of architecture from.

(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT
(c) IAT

Architecture and Landscape

The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean and covers 35% of our planet’s surface. Seeming far off the edges of our global maps, the Pacific however is home to mayor environmental challenges.

At the cliffs of San Francisco Bay with a very sensitive ecosystem – the Studio as well as the E3 focused on the contextual design of a Research and Information Center for this vast maritime ecosystem. The student teams participated in the international student competition Architecture at Zero.

Building in the bay did not only meant to embed a structure in an ecosystem, rather it should become a part of it. The new maritime center should act as an interface, connecting the findings of researcher with the experiences of the visitors to an integral whole.

© Aumayr, Golser, Habolt, Seiwald, Sorsak
© Aumayr, Golser, Habolt, Seiwald, Sorsak
© Aumayr, Golser, Habolt, Seiwald, Sorsak
© Aumayr, Golser, Habolt, Seiwald, Sorsak
© Ballester, Goldberger, Muß, Sanches, Siegl, Zuschnig
© Ballester, Goldberger, Muß, Sanches, Siegl, Zuschnig
© Ballester, Goldberger, Muß, Sanches, Siegl, Zuschnig
© Ballester, Goldberger, Muß, Sanches, Siegl, Zuschnig
 

Architecture and Media

The Virtual Spaces Master Studio : 16m2 Labyrinth is an intensive and experimental master design studio module given at the Institute of Architecture and Media of the Architecture Faculty of TU Graz. As with VSMS 2016, the course developed as final output interactive Virtual Reality applications in the format of videogames, focusing on perceptible and immaterial spatial concepts and experiences. The 2017 VSMS was titled “16m2 Labyrinths” given the 4x4m tracking space of the HTC Vive VR system for which the projects were developed.
Travel to Linz on the 23rd-24th of March, organised by Julian Jauk. We would like to thank our friends at the Ars Electronica Center, the OK-Offenes Kulturhaus of Linz, the Lentos Museum, Johannes Braumann of the Linz Kunstuni for their hospitality, as well as Maria Smigelska and Pierre Cutellic for joining the trip.

(c) IAM
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(c) IAM

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