Bundesgymnasium Gainfarn – Bad Vöslau / Franz Architekten

Courtesy of Franz Architekten

Architects: Franz Architekten
Location: Gainfarn, 2540 Bad Vöslau,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Franz Architekten

Apartment H+M / destilat

© Monika Nguyen

Architects: destilat
Location: Mariahilfer Straße, ,
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Monika Nguyen

Steirereck / PPAG architects

© Helmut Pierer

Architects: PPAG architects
Location: Stadtpark, 1030 Vienna,
Project Leader: Manfred Karl Botz
Planning Team: Roland Basista, Jakub Dvorak, Patrick Hammer, Annika Hillebrand, Philipp Müllner, Lucie Najvarova, Adrian Trifu, Felix Zankel
Area: 1950.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Helmut Pierer, Courtesy of PPAG architects

Residential and Dental Practice Immler / ARSP

© Zooey Braun

Architects: ARSP
Location: , Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Haus Hohlen / Jochen Specht

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: Jochen Specht
Location: , Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

Haus Kaltschmieden / Bernardo Bader Architects

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: Bernardo Bader Architects
Location: 6951,
Area: 285.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter, Courtesy of Bernardo Bader Architects

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

© Eduard Hueber

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

House Feurstein / Innauer‐Matt Architekten

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: Innauer‐Matt Architekten
Location: 6867 Schwarzenberg, Austria
Area: 140.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

House at the Pond / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

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

Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten

© Andreas Buchberger

Architects: Abendroth Architekten
Location: Strebersdorf 1210, Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Buchberger

Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

© Paul Ott

Architects: Dietger Wissounig Architekten
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Ott

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

Science Secondary School in Kinkplatz, Vienna, Exterior. Image © Manfred Seidl

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 voicing their dissent and demanding that Richter’s legacy be protected. See the details, and sign the , after the break.

“Hypotopia”: Architecture as a Vehicle for Political Action

© Armin Walcher

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 ’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.

Interviewers Ask: ‘What Is Architecture?’

What is Architecture? (WIA), a small collection of 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 , 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

Architects: HOLODECK Architects
Location: Goldschlagstraße 172, 1140 , Austria
Area: 30300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wolfgang Thaler

House G / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location: Bergweg 17, 4201,
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

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

© / Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

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
Year: 2014
Photographs: AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

Light Matters: Smart Flying Pixels Create a Floating Glow

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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 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.