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2016 Kiesler Architecture and Art Prize Awarded to Andrés Jaque

10:00 - 17 June, 2016
2016 Kiesler Architecture and Art Prize Awarded to Andrés Jaque, COSMO (MoMA PS1). Image © Miguel de Guzmán
COSMO (MoMA PS1). Image © Miguel de Guzmán

Spanish, New York-based architect Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation) has been awarded the 10th Kiesler Architecture and Art Prize by the Mayor of Vienna, citing Jaque’s "capacity to go beyond assumptions about traditional practice and urban life." In 2015 Jaque was declared the MoMA PS1 YAP (Young Architects Programme) winner for COSMO – a complex, and beautiful, water purifying prototype that has been installed in Brooklyn. He and his office are also collaborating with Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina on the design for the upcoming Istanbul Design Biennial, Are We Human?

Video: Inside the Austrian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 14 June, 2016

In this video, Jesús Granada takes us inside the Austrian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The exhibition, titled Orte Für Menschen (Places for People), focuses on the creation of innovative housing solutions required to handle Austria’s current refugee crisis. The pavilion displays three projects currently underway in Vienna, where three architect teams have been paired with NGOs to convert abandoned buildings into temporary accommodation for asylum seekers, and later, into long-term residences.

Zechner & Zechner Place New Office Building into Vienna Barracks Courtyard

16:00 - 13 June, 2016
Zechner & Zechner Place New Office Building into Vienna Barracks Courtyard, Courtesy of Zechner & Zechner
Courtesy of Zechner & Zechner

Viennese firm Zechner & Zechner have been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new office building in the courtyard of the historic Rossau Barracks building in downtown Vienna. The firm’s entry, called “Floating Double-X,” takes inspiration from the symmetry of its context to place a minimally invasive office block into the existing courtyard space.

Monocle's 2016 Conference in Vienna to Debate "Quality of Life" and Urban Livability

04:00 - 8 April, 2016
Monocle's 2016 Conference in Vienna to Debate "Quality of Life" and Urban Livability, Coffee on the terrace of the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel, Lisbon (2015). Image © Rodrigo Cardoso
Coffee on the terrace of the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel, Lisbon (2015). Image © Rodrigo Cardoso

The 2016 Quality of Life Conference will bring together key voices from the worlds of architecture, business, design, urbanism and culture to discuss how to improve our nations, cities and workplaces. Welcoming 200 delegates and 20 speakers from around the world, the event will be hosted at the historic Palais Ferstel by Monocle’s Editor-in-Chief Tyler Brûlé, alongside the magazine’s editors and correspondents. The summit will also be broadcast live on Monocle 24 Radio and will featured in a series of films on the Monocle website.

Spotlight: Hans Hollein

07:00 - 30 March, 2016
Spotlight: Hans Hollein, Büro + Fabriksgebäude, Tainan, Taiwan, 2005-2008. Image © Atelier Adam Chen
Büro + Fabriksgebäude, Tainan, Taiwan, 2005-2008. Image © Atelier Adam Chen

Described by Richard Meier as an architect whose "groundbreaking ideas" have "had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects," Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein has worked in all aspects of design, from architecture to furniture, jewelry, glasses, lamps -- even door handles. Known in particular for his museum designs, from the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach to the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt to Vienna's Haas House, Hollein's work manifests a unique, fascinating take on 1950s Modernism.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Discusses Heritage in Tunis, Vienna and London

04:00 - 12 February, 2016

In the latest edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team revisit the theme of heritage, asking why we should "learn to cherish the history of our cities." They visit one of the world's oldest medinas in Tunis, Tunisia, and explore some of the Austrian capital's less than charming Listed buildings, before asking whether or not the quintessential British terraced (row) house is still a cultural icon.

Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

13:00 - 6 February, 2016
Geriatric Centre Donaustadt Vienna / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, © Christian Brandstaetter
© Christian Brandstaetter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Consortium

    Delugan Meissl Associated Architects / Vasko + Partner Ingenieure ZT GmbH
  • Project manager

    Bernd Heger, Daniela Hensler
  • Project team

    Christian Gross, Christian Schrepfer, Christoph Haas, Anja Vogl, Philip Beckmann, Martin Kleindienst, Marina Kolloch, Michael Lohmann, Felix Lohrmann, Eva Schrade, Manuela Walkner, Lars Madsen, Robert Tzscheutschler
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Christian Brandstaetter © Christian Brandstaetter © Christian Brandstaetter © Christian Brandstaetter +24

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Speaks to Those Who Are "Fighting the Establishment"

08:00 - 17 January, 2016

In the latest episode of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team tackle the 'establishment'. From small businesses to citizen collectives, the show discovers how "championing transformative change from the ground up can be the best way to alter the status quo in our cities." Investigating how the Ministry of Space is reclaiming public spaces in Belgrade, how ordinary citizens in Vienna are welcoming refugees, and how a collective in Rio de Janeiro wants to reshape the politics of the city, the episode also explores how small businesses in London’s West End are fighting against increasing rent.

Townhouse in Vienna / bogenfeld Architektur

09:00 - 26 September, 2015
Townhouse in Vienna / bogenfeld Architektur, © Violetta Wakolbinger
© Violetta Wakolbinger

© Violetta Wakolbinger © Violetta Wakolbinger © Violetta Wakolbinger © Violetta Wakolbinger +14

Monocle 24 Examines Bilateral Inspiration Between Cities Across the World

04:00 - 14 September, 2015
Monocle 24 Examines Bilateral Inspiration Between Cities Across the World, New York City. Image © Harold Navarro
New York City. Image © Harold Navarro

For the latest episode of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team explore the role of bilateral inspiration between metropolises across the world. Examples of cities relying on one another to draw lessons from and progress can be seen across the world: from the ways in which London and New York City tackle similar urban problems, to how a bike-sharing scheme in Paris has proven to be contagious. The show also visits Vienna, where its Imperial heritage is being imitated the world over, and the show ponders whether the fact that every continent "claiming to have its own Venice" is actually a good thing?

ÖBB Headquarters / INNOCAD Architecture

02:00 - 6 September, 2015
ÖBB Headquarters / INNOCAD Architecture, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Design Team

    Oliver Kupfner Dominik Gladik, Harald Glanz, Jörg Kindermann, Martin Lesjak Michael Petar, Paul Plankensteiner
  • Graphic Design in Collaboration

    United Everything
  • Area

    30000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +24

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Influence of Politics in the City

04:55 - 24 July, 2015

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team investigate politics in global "power cities." Visiting Brussels, capital of Belgium and administrative capital of the European Union, they explore how politics have changed the city over the last four decades. Further south, they travel to Vienna which, "diplomatically remains very important and wields power." Yet even though the UN have an outpost there, is the Austrian capital still a stage for international diplomacy? The episode also makes a quick stop at Embassy Row in Washington D.C. to examine the architecture of diplomatic design.

Wiese / Synn Architekten

15:00 - 10 July, 2015
Wiese / Synn Architekten, © Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus +17

The Whole Building’s a Stage in This Conceptual Cirque du Soleil Theatre Design

08:00 - 5 July, 2015
The Whole Building’s a Stage in This Conceptual Cirque du Soleil Theatre Design , Courtesy of Flying Architecture
Courtesy of Flying Architecture

A team of students from Austrian-based Studio Hani Rashid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna have unveiled their conceptual design for a Cirque du Soleil Performance Center in Brooklyn, New York.

With its interior and exterior blended together, the entire building becomes a stage. Featuring large windows that allow the public to watch performances and training activities inside, people on each side are both viewers and viewed.

Monocle 24 Travels to Tokyo, Vienna and Melbourne Examining 'Quality of Life'

04:00 - 26 June, 2015
Monocle 24 Travels to Tokyo, Vienna and Melbourne Examining 'Quality of Life', 'The Urbanist' travels to Tokyo. Image Courtesy of Monocle
'The Urbanist' travels to Tokyo. Image Courtesy of Monocle

For this week's editions of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, and The Urbanist, their weekly "guide to making better cities," the Monocle team travel across three continents exploring the seemingly illusive question of 'quality of life.'

In this week's edition of The Urbanist, and to coincide with Monocle's annual Quality of Life survey, Andrew Tuck examines why Tokyo is at the forefront of an urban-garden revolution, how the Austrian capital is planning on self-facilitating its development as a major business hub, and talks to Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, about the apparent cultural boom currently taking place in his city. In Section D, Josh Fehnert transports listeners to the UK's "post-industrial heartland" to talk to the people behind this year's Sheffield Design Week, plus more.

Listen to both episodes after the break.

Share Your Ideas for a Livable City with the Walking Visionaries Awards

19:00 - 27 March, 2015
Share Your Ideas for a Livable City with the Walking Visionaries Awards

Walk21 Vienna has launched its Walking Visionaries Awards, a challenge that invites people from around the globe to explore the many ways walking can be implemented into our daily lives to support sustainable and livable cities. Submit a solution now through April 30, 2015 for a chance to participate in the Walk21 Conference in Vienna, Austria in October 2015. 30 winners will receive a free ticket to the conference and given the chance to meet leading professionals and share their ideas with other visionaries through mediums such as lectures, round table discussions, and workshops. Additionally, the winners' solutions will be published in the conference documentation. Selected by both public opinion and a jury vote, winning submissions will be announced in June 2015. For more information or to submit an idea, visit walk21vienna.com.

AZPML and SHARE Selected to Design 115-Meter Viennese Office Tower

14:00 - 18 March, 2015
AZPML and SHARE Selected to Design 115-Meter Viennese Office Tower, © SBDA
© SBDA

AZPML and SHARE architects have won a competition to the design a new prominent office tower in Vienna. The building, Schnirchgasse 11 “aims to strike a balance between a distinctive identity for the complex and an efficient operation, both in terms of flexibility of use and environmental performance,” by taking on a rhomboidal shape derived from the site’s geometry and shade conditions. 

More about the competition-winning scheme, after the break.

Vienna to Build World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

14:17 - 2 March, 2015
Vienna to Build World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper, © OLN/office le nomade
© OLN/office le nomade

Rüdiger Lainer and Partner plans to construct the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper next year in Vienna’s Seestadt Aspern area. 76 percent of the 84-meter tower is expected to be made from wood rather than concrete, saving approximately 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions (equivalent to driving a car 25 miles a day for 1,300 years). 

“I think it is important everyone now in 2014 thinks in different ways. We have wood, which is a perfect construction material for building,” she said. “It was used 200 years ago and it was perfect then and is perfect now,” says Kerbler project developer Caroline Palfy, commenting on the architects’ decision to use wood due to its environmental benefits.

An interior loft view and more details, after the break.