STREETS IN THE SKY
Studio Geography, Landscape & Cities
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
2013 with Ömer Pekin (BArch)
Professor: Bernd Vlay, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing.
Assistant: Daniela Herold, Mag.
The Geography, Landscape & Cities Studio was a part of the Ronald Rainer chair of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
The research and design studio was called HomeRouteFarming. The main aim of the studio is to explore architecture of living and the development of a high-rise building for about 2000 inhabitants with a multi-purpose program. Starting with reference to the 1975 novel “High-Rise” by J. G. Ballard in order to study the possible social effects and structure of certain high-rise conditions the studio will explore the multitude of references related to the topic in its initial stage.
By the reduction of the private space, the design offers a rearranged spatial division with the emphasis on the core accessible to everyone and the communal areas. The inner core, accessible to all the tenants of the high rise could be considered as a public one. This is however manifested in a two way understanding where within this public domain also private happenings take place. On the other hand, the outside communal spaces are meant for everyday activities and living. By radically reducing the private and avoiding secluded individual areas, we tend to “force” the tenants to leave their private space and take advantage of the communal. We see this, as a possible development in a post- apocalyptic future where the urge for survival through community might be a fundamental one. Our structure aims to re-define the residential buildings by breaking Stereotypes.