Building[s] for the Arts: Contemporary Architecture in Lower Austria

Press release for the exhibition
Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition dates: January 31 – March 13, 2014
Opening: Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:30 PM
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 – 5 PM
For more than twenty years Lower Austria has been experiencing an impressive upswing in the cultural sector. In the biggest Austrian state, which encircles Vienna, there has emerged a multitude of contemporary cultural buildings, which provide a worthy setting for top-class music festivals, the lively theatre scene and the most diverse exhibitions.
After stopovers in Vienna, Bratislava, Košice (as part of its programme as European Capital of Culture 2013) and Paris, the exhibition “Building[s] for the Arts – Contemporary Architecture in Lower Austria” will now be shown at Aedes. It presents a selection of 30 buildings from the last 20 years dedicated to culture in Lower Austria. Highlights include the Wolkentum open-air theatre and the auditorium in Grafenegg. In Krems, the Krems Kunstmeile (art mile) has emerged, whilst in the spa town of Baden and the Weinviertler town of Mistelbach historical structures have been adapted for contemporary art.
Across the state there has been further building action. Historical structures (including convents, monasteries, castles and palaces) have been revitalized in an innovative manner according to a contemporary interpretation of the definition of continuity and have therefore been able to greatly contribute to maintaining the cultural legacy of the region.
The interdisciplinary exhibition shows in two parts the multi-faceted cultural scene of this region. The architectural photographer Bruno Klomfar uses expressive images to present the places and buildings for culture in operation and in their vibrant usage. His photographs are known for their rigorous precision and pure compositions, which lend the images their characteristic profile that reaches far beyond the documentary.
In the second part, ‘the next ENTERprise – architects’ present an architectural installation by Marie-Therese Harnoncourt, the sculptural form of which is derived from topographic data. Information about individual places or regions can be directly accessed on smartphones via an accompanying app. An integral part of the sculpture is a sound installation by the composer Rupert Huber, who has developed a piece of spatial programme music using a direct reference system for the development history of Lower Austrian cultural buildings and their regional location.
An Aedes catalogue will be published.
Speaking at the opening will be:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Dr. Georg Locher, Envoy for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Austria in Berlin
Mag. Hermann Dikowitsch, State of Lower- Austria, Department of Arts and Culture
Dr. Theresia Hauenfels, Curator of the exhibition, Vienna
Visual materials of the exhibition are available from Dina Zoesmar:
Many thanks to our Aedes cooperation partners for their generous support:
Zumtobel, carpet concept, Axor hansgrohe


More than simply an architectural biography of a city: Chicagoisms shows the city to have an important role as a catalyst for international development and pinpoints its remarkable influence around the world.

Chicagoisms : The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation



Edited by Alexander Eisenschmidt with Jonathan Mekinda
ISBN 978-3-906027-15-9

Chicago has long captured the global imagination as a place of tall, shining buildings rising from the fog, the playground for many of architecture’s greats—from Mies van der Rohe to Frank Lloyd Wright—and a surprising epicentre for modern construction and building techniques. In this beautifully illustrated volume, Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda have brought together a diverse pool of curators, artists, architects, historians, critics, and theorists to produce a multifarious portrait of the Second City.

Looking as far back as the Auditorium Building of 1889 and the 1909 Plan of Chicago, this book is remarkable for the breadth of its topics and the depth of its essays. From more abstract ventures like tracking the boom-and-bust cycle of Chicago’s commitment to architecture and the influence of the Chicago grid system on Mies van der Rohe, to more straightforward studies of the “Americanization” of Berlin, the editors have chosen essays that convey the complex and varied history and culture of Chicago’s architecture. More than simply an architectural biography of the city, the book shows Chicago to have an important role as a catalyst for international developments and debates.





Middle East. Landscape City Architecture
Between conflict and utopia: the Middle East. A region where the future of the architectural profession and its exciting possibilities are being tested.
Edited by the Chair of Prof. Dr. Josep Lluís Mateo ETH Zurich, and Krunoslav Ivanišin.
ISBN 978-3-906027-16-6
EUR 38.00
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Noam Chomsky…. on architecture and urbanism

“Hidden Power and Built Form: The Politics Behind the Architecture” is the publication of the first ever comments on architecture and urbanism by the world’s “leading intellectual”: Noam Chomsky.

“The US-Mexican border, like most borders, was established by violence – and its architecture is the architecture of violence” – Noam Chomsky

It is published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Architecture_MPS,  Vol.3, No.3

This internationally renowned figure has never spoken on the subject before.

Contribution by
Rachel Isaac-Menard
Assistant Professor
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Adelphi University
Garden City, New York 11530
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A-Typical Plan


A-Typical Plan
Projects and Essays on Identity, Flexibility and Atmosphere in the Office Building
Edited by Jeannette Kuo
202 pages, 11 color and 68 b/w illustrations, 8 facsimiles, 137 floor plans and sections
19 x 28.5 cm
ISBN 978-3-906027-09-8
Euro 48.00 | GBP 39.00 | USD 59.00

As a typology conceived in the twentieth century, the office building is often the architectural manifestation – not only of global capital, but also of technological might and mass production. But when we think of these buildings, we often think more of objects than of space; more of appearance than of atmosphere. In A-Typical Plan, Jeannette Kuo offers a reversal of the experience, starting from the inside out, and prioritizing space over symbol. In particular, the book reconsiders the deep plan within the European context for a discussion on density, economy and, not least, sustainability.

Featuring buildings by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Kenzo Tange, Giuseppe Terragni, Le Corbusier, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Christian Kerez, and many others, the book presents a collection of projects through history that have attempted to bring character to the deep plan as a spatial experience for the workspace. The work features essays by renowned authors, including Iñaki Ábalos, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Bassi, Florian Idenburg, Jeannette Kuo, Freek Persyn, and Antoine Picon. A conversation with Inès Lamunière and a graphic essay by Jimenez Lai round out the diverse perspectives. A final chapter presents the work of students at the EPFL, with whom this research began. Succinct and beautifully illustrated, A-Typical Plan is a reminder that even buildings created for quotidian uses can be spatially and experientially rich.

Park Books

Course on Conservation of Built Heritage 2014 (CBH14)

Application deadline: 1 July 2013

Dates: 28 February – 30 April 2014
Place: Rome, Italy


ICCROM is pleased to announce the fifth training course on Conservation of Built Heritage in Rome. ICCROM has been a pioneer in organizing courses in heritage conservation since 1965 including the Architectural Conservation Course (ARC) and many other regular courses and most recently the course on Conservation of Built Heritage for four consecutive intervals since 2007. In designing this course, ICCROM has drawn from this experience, evaluation results and considered the most recent international trends and thinking related to conservation of the built heritage, including buildings, sites, historic centres and cultural landscapes.

The course aims at serving a wide range of conservation practitioners and decision makers by placing technical issues within the broader conservation context in order to link them to planning and management concerns. The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the current practices of defining heritage, evolution of different concepts and key approaches currently used in built heritage conservation. The second part of the course will focus on the planning and management issues pertaining to the conservation decision making process. The third part of the course will focus more closely on technical issues including documentation, conditions assessments and various treatments plus interpretation and public access. The final week of the course may be devoted to one-week seminar looking at management practices at cultural and natural heritage sites, assessing similarities and differences, as well as trying to develop ways for better collaboration in the future between cultural and natural heritage professionals.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a better understanding of critical processes in conservation in order to apply them at the macro/micro levels; improve their strategic planning skills relevant to heritage management; expand their awareness, knowledge, and understanding of current principles and practices in conservation of the built heritage; and enhance skills, judgments, and experience.

Training will be based on a multiple activity model including lectures, case studies, practical hands-on exercises, site visits, group work, and classroom discussions. Participants will need to be active and involved during three stages: pre-course preparation, course attendance, and post-course follow-up, networking, and monitoring. During the course, participants will be considered as key resources by sharing their own knowledge and experiences, presenting case studies, participating in course discussions, and participating in group work and hands-on exercises.

The course is open to a maximum of 20 participants with at least four years of experience actively involved in the conservation of built heritage. Mid-career professionals and other decision makers in conservation from different disciplines (architects, archaeologists, engineers, planners, site managers, etc.), either in a position to influence practice or having the potential to do so in the short or medium term, are eligible. Those in a position to carry the messages of the course to a broad audience (for example, trainers who are able to reach a large audience over time) are encouraged to apply.

Teaching team
Teaching staff will be composed of recognized heritage conservation professionals having both practical and theoretical experience. They will represent the broadest possible international perspectives in their fields of expertise, and at the same time will be able to bring specific knowledge in order to fulfill each of the course components. In addition they will represent excellence covering a wide geographical scope.

English is the working language of the course. Candidates must have strong communication and writing skills in English. A certificate of language will be requested, if English is not your first language or if you have not carried out graduate studies in English.

Course fee: € 900

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Rome. In order to cover accommodation and living expenses in Rome during the course, participants should plan for a minimum amount of 2,000-3,000 Euros for two months. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding from external sources at the time of the course, a limited number of partial scholarships may be granted.

Certificate of Attendance
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course. Participants are expected to attend all lectures and activities over the full length of the course.

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM’s web site) and send it together with the documents listed below by mail to the contact address below. (Email applications are welcome. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.)

  • A full professional curriculum vitae (in English)
  • A brief report (3-5 pages) answering the following questions:
    1. Describe a conservation project for which you are or have been actively involved. Include the appropriate contextual background (objectives, partners, support, etc.), a description of difficulties encountered, and the strategic responses developed.
    2. In addition to the project described above, what other case studies might you be able to share during your participation in the course?
    3. What do you consider as your major achievement in the field of conservation of immovable cultural heritage?

ICCROM – Sites Unit
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153 Rome RM, ITALY
Tel (+39) 06 585531
Fax (+39) 06 58553349
E-mail: builtheritage2014 (at)

Application deadline
Applications should reach ICCROM by 1 July 2013 to ensure inclusion in our selection process. (Implementation of the course will be subjected to the approval of the ICCROM General Assembly that will be held in November 2013) 

Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

April 12-13, 2013, Amherts, MA

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how landscape architects and planners from different countries have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.
Call for Abstracts
The program committee invites you to contribute original, unpublished papers focusing on one of the conference topics to the Fábos International Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning. Please submit extended abstracts (max 2 pages / min 500 words) online via the conference web-based submission system. Abstracts submitted as a PDF will be accepted until November 16, 2012. All papers and presentations at the conference will be in English. The conference will be held in Amherst, MA on the University of Massachusetts campus. The conference proceedings will be published in digital form in April 2013.
For questions or comments, please contact Rory Fitzgerald at