Author : Maximilian Kucera

University : University of Innsbruck

Status : MArch, 201A

Advisor : DI Christian Dummer

Title : Swapping Time For Space

THE CITY IS A FACTORY_ An [ off-space ] is a place for cultural exchange • a fab lab for high end production

In an open workshop, there is space for the everyday creation and these associated workshops generate knowledge. The interactions within these locations will eventually produce a [ community ]. These interactions indirectly push for an emancipation from economic dependence and other power structures  ≡  an outlet for the development of [ self-determined ] spaces

In big cities like Berlin or London, industrial wasteland and leftover spaces offer the possibilities for such situations to flourish  ⁄ ⁄  In small to medium-sized cities such as Innbruck, it is a lot more difficult. The “Cultural Wasteland” of these historical structures have the potential for a sustainable REdevelopment. Today, cultural and industrial wastelands are no longer limited to their original functions. However, the extraordinary potential of such locations is still not fully utilized : Instead of serving the community, they are mostly seen through a romantic filter that reduces them to artifacts of the past.

An example of such a fallow is the Zeughaus- and Siebenkapellen area in the district of Dreiheiligen in Innsbruck. The areas are in possession of the Bundesimobiliengesellschaft and Burghauptmannschaft Austria and thus of the State of Austria. In 2005, an architectural competition for the restructuring of the area took place.

Given all these circumstances it was decided to propose an alternative design idea for this area in particular and the city as a whole.

Due to the prosperity of the city, [ spatial freedom ] is suggested. However, in reality, new constraints are generated by the economy side-effects

Despite or perhaps because of economic strength, a social, ethnic and demographic segregation is driven unconsciously » a sharp border between private and public is created

The population does not shape the image of the city anymore, but the image of the city shapes its population

In this kind of society, Architecture and Space are slowly reduced to commodities

Methods for the recovery of free life • serves as the starting point for analysis. Reading the city as a ready-made entity, one recognizes, considers, re-interprets the multifaceted situations  °  we, as a society, can dismember or provoke and generate Urbanity and Architecture

While walking through the city, the observer is floating within its noise

Every dot represents a citizen // Every circle a building. The more diverse the citizens in a city are, the more alive the urban space appears

MASHUP AND INTUITIVE MODELLING • MashUp has its origin in the music DJ community. New songs are created by blending two or more already existing music tracks to [ create ] a new one. It’s an accepted technique in nearly every contemporary medium. This method was also introduced in Architecture by Marsahll Brown. He argues that the future of urban planning will be mashing and remixing existing conditions and observations. In urban planning, the practice is still ruled by the modernist Idea of cities as machines, a rational assembly of things often leads to mean solutions for mean cities. Today, mass production is rapidly decomposed by mass individualization. Thanks to the explosion of the internet as a revolutionary information medium, digital media has democratized the freedom to re-interpret existing circumstances. Variability and hybridization are the strength of the MashUp and intuitive experimentation as a concept for a design process.

The program is developed with the idea of an urban landscape where the characteristics of residents and users are mixed by the programmatic and spatial mashes.

The density is controlled by spatial phases which are set up as a metaphor for changeability and continuity of space.

Further on, these mix-phases are mashed with the analyzed and suggested needs of the contemporary Innsbruck ⇔ Young entrepreneurs, elderly, artists, specialists , workers, families and students.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Maximilian Kucera_ The city future urban/ conceptual/ social/ economical developments is thought as spatial rather than linear; this means it can include multiple scenarios. Sustainable urban development is always part of a process where people can involve and re-structure. For this reason, the area is understood as flux, i.e. a field of constant change.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
MK_ Building Things with my Hands; Social and Geo Politics; Traveling and Local Culture.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
MK_ Most problems one tries to solve only can be solved in many different ways.

S//A : Describe your dream project
MK_ I will know when I reach it.