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A Small Studio for Drawing, Painting and Sculpture / Christian Tonko

  • Architects: Christian Tonko
  • Location: Bregenz, Austria
  • Structural Engineer: Ernst Mader, Markus Flatz
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Eduard Hueber

© Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber

House at the Pond / HPSA

  • Architects: HPSA
  • Location: Hubertus Street 5, 4201 Gramastetten, Austria
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid

Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten

© Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger

Hadid, Gehry, and Others Fight to Save Helmut Richter's Modernist Masterpiece

The Science Secondary School in Kinkplatz, Vienna is the work of late Modernist architect Helmut Richter. Considered to be his most iconic and enduring work, Richter’s school is now faced with partial demolition to make way for a conversion of the building’s use and architects from around the world are making an effort to prevent that demolition from happening. Influential individuals, from Zaha Hadid to Bernard Tschumi, have signed a petition voicing their dissent and demanding that Richter’s legacy be protected. See the details, and sign the petition, after the break.

“Hypotopia”: Architecture as a Vehicle for Political Action

In the wake of the global financial crisis, banking scandals and government bailouts have made countless news headlines around the world. With such large sums of taxpayer money being funneled to the troubled financial sector, ordinary individuals are left to wonder how it will affect their own lives. But how can an entire country rise up and make their voices heard when it is nearly impossible to understand the magnitude of such an injustice? In Austria, a group of innovative students from the Technical University of Vienna set out to answer this question and have taken to a new form of protest in order to make the consequences of one Europe’s largest financial scandals in recent history a tangible reality.

To demonstrate the €19 billion price tag of Austria’s recent bailout of Hypo-Alpe-Adria, students designed and built a scale model of a fictional city called “Hypotopia,” a portmanteau of the bank's name and "utopia." According to Lukas Zeilbauer, “while utopia stands for an ideal fictitious world, ‘hypo’ is a Greek word meaning under, beneath or bellow - so a change coming from the bottom, from the folk.” Embodying an idealistic society with plentiful renewable resources and public education for people of all ages, the model city would theoretically contain 102,574 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in Austria.

Read on after the break to find out how an architecture model has drawn international attention and propelled an entire country to take action.

© Armin Walcher © Armin Walcher © Armin Walcher © Armin Walcher

Team Of Interviewers Ask: 'What Is Architecture?'

What is Architecture? (WIA), a small collection of interviews with influential architects from around Europe, seeks to "provide clear and concise information about architecture", thereby "forming a panoramic view of today's architectural thinking." Set up by three students of architecture residing in Innsbruck, the WIA team have interviewed the likes of Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Sir Peter Cook (CRAB Studio), Jacob and Nathalie van Rijs (MVRDV), and Ben van Berkel (UNStudio). Their collection, though small, is continually expanding.

See a selection of WIA's interviews after the break (or see the entire collection here).

Wirtschaftspark Breitensee / HOLODECK Architects

© Wolfgang Thaler © Wolfgang Thaler © Wolfgang Thaler © Wolfgang Thaler

Center for Technology and Design in St. Pölten / AllesWirdGut Architektur

  • Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur
  • Location: Sankt Pölten, Austria
  • General Planing: ARGE AllesWirdGut FCP
  • Design Team: Johannes Windbichler, Amir Aman, Isabel Espinoza Tratter, Johann Wittenberger, Christian Zotz, Martin Brandt, Ondrej Stehlik, András Nagy, Ana Pia Ranz, Zuzana Tomanova, Cassandra Guimaraes, David Kovarik, Isabelle Misamer
  • Area: 14131.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

© AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa © AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa © AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa © AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

Light Matters: Smart Flying Pixels Create a Floating Glow

Imagine luminaires that could fly and visualise new buildings or individually guide you through space. What would happen if you could even interact with these flying pixels? These concepts could be realised in the near future as the first prototypes and experiments are being introduced. Software-driven LED pixels combined with drone swarm technology provide extraordinary possibilities for inducing new forms of spatial experience. These luminous pixel clouds emerge as digital patterns, but at the same time they emanate a romantic quality with their unique star formations twinkling in the night sky. The first projects have shared a playful note, but laboratories such as MIT's SENSEable City Lab, ARES Lab and Ars Electronica Futurelab have shown an intriguing future in urban design for guidance systems or envisioning real estate developments, as advances in battery technology and wireless control have opened new perspectives for a life with smart flying pixels.

House T / Haro Architects

  • Architects: Haro Architects
  • Location: Salzburg, Austria
  • Architect in Charge: Bernd Haslauer, Roberto Rodríguez Paraja
  • Collaborators: Angel Muñoz, Christina Golser
  • Area: 385.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Stefan Zauner

© Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner © Stefan Zauner

Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects

© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Petra Rainer © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break...

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood - Vienna, Austria. Image Courtesy of Arenas Basabe Palacios Arquitectos

House with Showroom / ao-architekten + Markus Innauer

  • Architects: ao-architekten, Markus Innauer
  • Location: Bezau, Austria
  • Architect in Charge: ao-architekten and Markus Innauer
  • Area: 190.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter

Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten

  • Architects: Marte Marte Architekten
  • Location: Schulgasse 40, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria
  • Architect in Charge: Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
  • Area: 997.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

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Residential Building DMT / [tp3] architekten

© Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl