SS 2022


Prototypes of More-Than-Human Architectures

Workshop 2 (153.514)
Univ. Ass. Indre Umbrasaite

In this workshop our site of architectural imagination will be the island!

Islands are places in which environmental and geographical attributes occur as especially powerful design factors, as they spatially affect how people live and form their immediate environments in turn. These geological landmasses appear to be separate yet they are connected, joined to the rest of the earth below the surface of the surrounding water. As bounded yet limitless, self-organized and complex interdepended ecologies, islands transcend dichotomies between hinterland and city, exterior and interior, between natural and artificial.

For ages islands evoke architectural imagination as a testing ground for new societal ideas and spatial models. They served as a setting for all kinds of real life and thought experiments. And in the ecological context of our times, they too can act as a laboratory to address our living and acting together within the planetary challenges of today.

We will create generous island-landscapes of our own, in which a multiplicity of life forms converge and prosper together. We will design architectural prototypes where the communal relations between human and more-than-human actors, such as water, air, plants, animals and soil can unfold; thus ask, how can we renegotiate our coexistence with nature? And finally, how can we shape diversity and live in abundance?

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WS 2021/2022


Visionary Narratives Between Ecology and Architecture

Workshop 1 (153.513)
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Aleksandra Pavicevic

Our workshop REWILDING reflects on the architectural implications of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and the need to create new relationships between all forms of life and living spaces.

We invite you to ask what "rewilding" might mean for architectural thinking, identifying architectural qualities, atmospheres, properties and processes that reflect the concept of rewilding. What does the architecture of "rewilding" look like?

To answer this question, we will create visionary narratives between ecology and architecture, woven from the imagined future of 2030 into the present. To us, these tasks mark the foundation of the future architectural practice. The foundation for your professional future, then!

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SS 21


Univ. Ass. Patricia Lucena Ventura
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

Imagine the city was a huge garden, where in every street there was a different fruit, in front of every house a different taste to pick. Especially in times of changing climate a remarkable view!

Let’s move a little closer to this harvestable city! is a platform created by the Institute of Architecture and Landscape to map publicly usable fruit trees and shrubs so that freely accessible, edible resources in urban space become visible to everyone.

Our workshop is dedicated to updating this idea. Together, we want to swarm out, discover the city and identify places that have the potential to become new meeting places to linger and enjoy. The following questions will be considered:

Which unexpected spatial qualities could be triggered by the merging of architecture and landscape architecture? How would the atmosphere of the place change with the seasons? What would be the ecological and social benefits?

Through field studies, intensive drawing sessions and model building, we train lateral thinking and reduce ideas to their essentials in the one-week workshop.

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WS 2019/2020



Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Anouk Vogel, B.A.(Hons.)

Could a house and its garden, or surrounding landscape, be intertwined in such a way that they would lose their individual meaning but without the presence of one another? What unexpected spatial qualities could the merging of architecture and landscape architecture trigger? And what would be the impact on daily life? How would the atmosphere of the house change with the seasons? What would be the environmental gain?

This workshop offers an exercise in understanding landscape architecture as an integral part of architecture. We will explore the world of compact, unconventional, and poetic living from the perspective of landscape architecture.

Through intense drawing sessions and model making we will train lateral thinking and reduce ideas to their absolute essence.

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SS 2019



Univ. Ass. Biljana Nikolic
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

- How can architecture initiate a potential future that builds on contemporary global challenges?

- How can architecture react on weather phenomena and climatic conditions to propose and enable new ways of living?

- How can architecture design vibrant interactions to motivate living social, cultural, ecological and economic practices?

- How can we think and design “inclusively” and create spaces that open up living conditions and stimulating qualities?

Following the topic of “weatherarchitectures” in the arid context of Lima, Peru, we are answering these questions and set off for creative and diverse small-scale solutions for contemporary and future practices in urban space.

Departing from the cultural technique of “fog catching”, we will create spaces and constructions that build on weather, climatic, social, geographical or cultural conditions, re-think them anew, and suggest new prototypical future-headed solutions.

In the one-week workshop, you will learn methods and strategies for conceptualizing, drawing and designing “weatherarchitectures” that give space to novel forms of living, producing and acting in extreme environments! Sign up soon!

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WS 2018/2019


Living productive microarchitectures for Lisbon, Portugal

WORKSHOP 1 (153.513)
Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Goritschnig
Univ. Ass. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

- How must our public spaces be designed to play an active and productive role in people's lives?

- How can we think "inclusive" and generate spaces that open up changing conditions and stimulating qualities?

- How do these architectures react to local climatic conditions in order to stimulate or even make possible uses?

- How can architecture design living interactions to motivate diverse social, cultural, ecological or economic practices?

With the topic of microarchitectures in the context of Lisbon, Portugal, we are following the trail of imaginative and formative small solutions for present and future practices in the public space and urban field.

We create spaces that are shaped by social, climatic, geographical or cultural conditions, rethink these conditions and propose prototypical, forward-looking solutions.

The one-week workshop will teach methods for developing, drawing and atmospherically depicting "micro-architectures" that create space to new and reinterpreted practices in an urban environment: Objects in a field full of possibilities!

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SS 2018



WORKSHOP 2 (153.514)
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Marcello Fantuz

Air, climate and atmosphere connect all living beings on earth. Air is food, information carrier, energy producer and resource at the same time. Their property, composition or movement contributes significantly to determining the atmosphere of a place and to establishing its specificity. Although air is one of the most important elements, as a creative design material it is difficult to grasp when compared to physical elements.

During the workshop we will ask ourselves: How can we depict air? Can we design with air? Can we create an air stream? What is air made of? What does it transport? Can we smell, hear and feel air?

Building on the expertise of the Institute for Architecture and Landscape, the workshop will explore new ways of thinking about air. Each group of students will design a conceptual artistic installation that places air at the center and addresses its nature, meaning, characteristics and potentials. The students encounter the sensory experience of a space in which each breath leads closer to an ecological consciousness.
„When you take a breath, you touch a part of the planet, with the inside of your body.“ (Tor Nørretranders)

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WS 2017/2018



WORKSHOP 1 (153.513)
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig

How must our public spaces be designed to play an active and productive role in people's lives?

How do these architectures react to the tropical climatic conditions on site in order to stimulate or even facilitate uses?

With the topic of microarchitectures in the future Riverfront Park in Palmas, Brazil, we are following the trail of imaginative and formative small solutions for present and future practices in public space.

The one-week workshop will teach methods for developing, drawing and atmospherically depicting 'micro-architectures' that give urban parks space for new and reinterpreted practices. From the Fresh-Juice-Bar or Solar-Kitchen - to the Co-Working-Area outside.

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SS 2017



WORKSHOP 2 (153.514)
Univ. Ass. Marcello Fantuz
Univ. Ass. Andreas Boden

The workshop is part of an ongoing investigation into the role of atmosphere and its meteorological characteristics in relation to urban space and architecture.

During one week we will focus on the space between the buildings, the theater of the constant movement of air and particles. Through the analysis of selected case studies we will learn how to recognize and interpret atmospheric conditions in public space and how to distill design principles that use, convey or amplify them.

The integration of the atmosphere into the design process is hard to grasp when compared to tangible, physical elements. However, technological advances make it possible to scan space through the specialized lens of a thermo graphic camera and allow us to evaluate properties that would be otherwise invisible.

Based on the expertise of the Institute for Architecture and Landscape, we will then work on the representation of such dynamics and the effect they have on the public space they involve. Finally, in order to successfully represent the dynamics discussed, we will incorporate the dimension of time by animating our drawings in a GIF format.

Students will learn a new way of looking at the city. A way that combines technology with sensory experience and incorporates natural processes as essential components of urban life.

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WS 2016/2017



WORKSHOP 1 (153.513)
Univ. Ass. Andreas Goritschnig
with experts from zoology and botany

How must we design our cities and architectures so that they can be places for an active new coexistence of people, plants and animals? How can cities also be a sustainable HABITAT (habitat - Latin: habitat 'to inhabit') for plants and animals? Which new elements do we have to develop?

Today, the city is the preferred habitat for humans and the continuing influx will ensure an increasing density of the city in the coming decades, green and open spaces will disappear - the HABITAT of animals and plants... So how can we think of new elements in architecture to preserve, design and even improve habitats for animals and plants?
In the one-week workshop we will, also with the input of experts from zoology and botany, search for new 'architectures of togetherness', get to know the needs of animal and plant builders, explore the structures of their living spaces and develop new elements for architecture and our cities - new URBANE HABITATES shall be created! New architectural elements such as vertical façade gardening, green roofs but also a new view of the ecological and social processes in the city and the urban climate form our starting point.

A concrete place of application has been defined: Smart City Areal Graz Waagner Biro and its surroundings - which should also show new ways in our city in the coming years. Innovative designs for new structures in the city are created!

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SS 2016


WORKSHOP 2 (153.514)
Guest Prof. Denis Andernach
Univ. Ass. Laura Van Santen

The beautiful collection of drawings in Denis Andernach's "Landscape Houses" catalogue is the starting point for the hand drawing workshop, which will be supervised by Andernach himself. In addition to his work at Bau Eins Architects, Andernach has developed a unique approach to using hand drawing as a design tool. He traces already existing landscape panoramas, which then function as the foundation stone of new architectural forms.

During the workshop students will apply this unique method. The aim is to reproduce an existing image and to present a new climatic hypothesis regarding the given landscape. Students will intervene in this landscape by drawing the architectural projection of their imagination. The Institute of Architecture and Landscape offers this workshop to explore new ways of connecting climate design, architecture and landscape.

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WS 2015/2016


WORKSHOP 1 (153.513)
Guest Prof. Marleen Leitner
Guest Prof. Michael Schitnig
Prof. Klaus K. Loenhart
Univ. Ass. Bernhard König

Our daily lives and our cultural habits are vital elements of complex ecosystems. Small changes can have far-reaching consequences – anywhere in the world. In the 17th century, for example, nutmegs (muskatnüsse) were an extremely popular spice among the European aristocracy. They grew only on a small group of islands, the Banda Islands in the southern Maluku between Sulawesi and New Guinea.

In 1667 they must have been so incredibly valuable that the Dutch even changed the small Banda Island called Run against the island of Manhattan. – Niew Amsterdam became New York, for a few hundred nutmegs per year. Our everyday environment is full of invaluable resources and unimagined connections!

In this one-week workshop we will deal with such urban legends and unfold unknown potentials. The participants will – together in teams – develop storyboards and illustrate eco-systemic correlations.

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