Post Kongress – MA in Architecture Student Exhibit, FM Masters Students and Wine Tasting
It is the 200th birthday of the TU Wien and also the 9th year of the MA students in architecture exhibit (Archdeploma 2015) held every two years. Out of almost 600 students graduating in the past two years, 162 were chosen in this competition to show their work in models and published books for each project. The goal of the exhibit is promote a public dialogue on the future of architecture, urban development and spatial planning. This year it was held in a former testing facility originally occupied by the Institute for Testing and Research which moved out of the space leaving a large open industrial interior for the exhibit. The Friday night that we attended was the last night and the next day the space will be used for teaching and workspace following the exhibit.
The focus of the students in this ‘Discursive Space’ exhibit was interdisciplinary and represented the blurring of the lines between architectural theory and design. The overriding themes of the projects were to:
- Demonstrate the use of resources more economically
- Embrace sustainably
- Focus on affordability
What amazed us as we walked through the large space, was the amount of different types of the buildings designed by these students, the many places around the world in which they chose to create their projects (see map above) and the design of housing for the poor and homeless displaced around the globe.
One of our favorite projects was this movable Chinese kitchen/tricycle created to demonstrate how the street can be used for more than traffic and parking. The purpose was to show how residents and visitors can discover the hidden potentials of urban space and promote spontaneous architecture in a city like Vienna. The idea for the street kitchen (called Kong Wen) came from Shanghai which “points beyond the European ways of thinking and perception, questioning our usual conception of space, providing a basis for the development of creative criteria and proposing new strategies for the use of urban street spaces.”
The weekend was spent teaching the Masters students which was a very interesting chance for us to meet 10 people who all came from different professions like security, architecture, real estate brokerage and development, property management, IWMS technology implementation, and engineering who were all getting a masters in facility management as it meant more opportunities for employment and differentiation in the labor market. This would be the second or third career for these adult learners who were all incredibly enthusiastic and good natured, particularly since on the second day, Pat and Diane made them don crazy hats for the FM Snakes and Ladders game, but that is a whole different story…
Our last day on Sunday night was a wine tasting event at Dr. Redlein’s flat which was catered by one of the MA students, Peter Linduska, whose family owns a winery called Artner outside of Vienna in the wine region of Carnuntum in the eastern section of Austria near the Danube. The vintner/student is pictured above demonstrating to us how to truly savor wine…however, we were delighted he shared so many bottles of both whites and reds that last evening…at least until the next day when we faced the long ride back to the US with a promise we would never do a wine tasting the night before a transatlantic trip…at least not until next time.