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:
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Public spots on private plots

International Symposium on Garden Architecture
September 29, 2012

“Gardens, to me, mean variety and space close to nature, and joie de vivre for all generations”. Wolfgang Sobotka, Lower Austria deputy governor

The symposium highlights gardens as social, productive and creative spaces. Private gardens, and their design and use, interact with their environment, the times and circumstances surrounding them, and reflect lifestyles and cultures. Is there a new garden culture – what work is being done on it worldwide? The speakers will present gardens as paradises or utopias, as interfaces with public space, as compositions of plants and materials.
09.00–09.30am – Registration
09.30–10.00am – Introductory remarks by Joachim Brocks, “Natur im Garten”,   and Karin Standler, Team private plots
10.00–11.00am – Franzisk Bark Hagen (CH)
11.00–11.30am – Coffee break
11.30–12.30am – Tom Stuart-Smith (GB)
12.30–01.30pm – Lunch break
01.30–02.30pm – Teresa Moller (CL)
02.30–03.30pm – Stig L. Andersson (DK)
Moderated by: Vladimir Sitta

Symposium fee: € 50.- (includes conference folder, lunch buffet and refreshments at breaks)
Languages: simultaneous interpretation English/German
Venue: Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria. Registration:
Award ceremony
4.30 pm, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Garden-Culture-Landscape Tour with Iris Meder and Felicitas Konecny
September 30, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm, meeting point: Essl Museum, Fee: € 30.-
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Best Private Plots

Call for Entries
Deadline for entries – June 4th, 2012

The international garden architecture competition best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012  was launched on the 2nd of April 2012.

The award best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 recognizes exemplary sustainable design of private outdoor spaces, highlighting the garden as a contemporary dialogue between architecture, ecology and landscape, as places of inspiration and creation, as habitats that tell stories.

The award criteria include artistic and conceptual quality, ecological use of plants and materials, delimitation and organization of outdoor space. A focus lies on variety of uses and sustainability. The outdoor spaces must be clearly identifiable as intended for private residence and use, and must have been created no more than ten years ago. The competition is international. Landscape architects, architects, artists, gardeners, garden owners and combinations thereof from all countries are eligible.

Prizes: First prize: 7,000 € | Second prize: 5,000 € | Third prize: 3,000 €

Jury 2012: Stig L. Andersson (DK), SLA Urbanity Strategy Landscape | Franziska Bark Hagen (CH), cultural scientist | Teresa Moller (CL), Estudio del Paisaje | Vladimir (Tom) Sitta, Terragram | Tom Stuart-Smith (GB), Landscape Design

Award ceremony and International symposium on garden architecture: September 29th, 2012, Essl Museum, A-3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria.

The bilingual catalog best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 will present about 30 outdoor spaces and gardens nominated for the award. The catalog will be launched at the award ceremony on 29th September 2012 and can be ordered at

best private plots 12 competition brief
best private plots 12 folder
best private plots 12 Jury
best private plots 12 poster