- Sustainable Architecture
- Space and Experience, an exhibition at the MAK as part of the Vienna Biennale for Change
Architecture intended as the design of our world is always an expression of social and cultural structures, codes, and values. It brings structure and form, creates spaces, and as a designed environment it directly impacts on the various areas of human life. It has an influence on emotions, perception and behaviour, and facilitates collective and individual experiences.
Still, architecture as an experience is shaped by specific expectations and, more to the point, by personal virtues and social values. But if values are fundamentally changing, as they are today - especially in view of the major challenges of digitalisation and climate change - then this, in turn, has an impact on the notions of quality of life and on future tasks for architecture.
Therefore, on the one hand, the exhibition SPACE AND EXPERIENCE Architecture for Better Living uses a careful selection of realised projects to showcase the added value and benefit that architecture already offers for a better life. At the same time, the exhibition strives to be forward-looking to formulate likely scenarios and design tasks that will manifest themselves in planned strategies and project ideas. In this context, the central question is what role should architecture play in the future?
The focus is on the issue of what constitutes “better living” - particularly with regard to materiality, ecology, crafting ambience, engagement, hospitality, shaping communities, and perspective - and how architecture matters here. All the exhibited architectural projects and contributions clarify space and experience as design tasks that can offer more engagement, more accessibility, more uniqueness and more value to the context, connecting users and built space more closely and generally leading to a greater appreciation of the role that architecture plays in our society.
The exhibition titled SPACE AND EXPERIENCE and curated by Nicole Stoecklmayr from Scenes of Architecture, Vienna backed by an international team of experts - Brian Cody, Gert Kwekkeboom, Mark Neuner, Claudia Pasquero and Petra Petersson - is a cooperative venture with Wienerberger. Some leading architecture firms and design studios will be showcasing their work here: MVRDV with its Seullo Skygarden (link) project, Civic Architects, ecoLogicStudio, Energy Design Cody, Liquifer Systems Group, mostlikely, Realarchitektur, Space Popular, SPAN (del Campo Manninger), Tzou Lubroth Architekten. This last firm was also responsible for the exhibition design in the MAK, Vienna’s architecture and art museum.
SPACE AND EXPERIENCE Architecture for Better Living is one of the nine exhibitions running as part of the Vienna Biennale for Change entitled BRAVE NEW VIRTUES. Shaping Our Digital World. The Vienna Biennale - organised by MAK, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Architekturzentrum Wien, and Vienna Business Agency, as well as Slovak Design Center as Associate Partner and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as non-university research partner - is running from 29 May to 6 October 2019 and promises to be a not-to-be-missed event for anyone who likes to see our world from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Mostra SPACE AND EXPERIENCE Architecture for Better Living
Curator: Nicole Stoecklmayr (Scenes of Architecture, Vienna)
International team of experts: Brian Cody, Gert Kwekkeboom, Mark Neuner, Claudia Pasquero, and Petra Petersson
Exhibition design: Tzou Lubroth Architekten
Graphic Design: Maria Prieto Barea
Images: Peter Kainz/MAK
Find out more: https://www.mak.at/