Joscha Viertauer (2015)


Architektur als Ausdruck relationaler Strukturen.

Eine prozessorientierte Umsetzung im öffentlichen Raum.

  Social structures are found in the physical urban space but are not visible as a representation because they are a mixture of influences. The practical project Stadtlandschaft shows different aspects and relations of a design in an urban environment. There is a playful way to address cityscape and discuss correlating topics.
Playing in public space – is that even allowed? Architecture tests games in urban space and the game as a planning process in form of a realised project. This process ist structured in 3 parts: Theory, Concept and Practice. A short theoretical discourse on public space, games and game mechanics reveals a mutual component: humans who are the center of public life as players and are the cornerstone of playful activities. Through the shift of one’s attention to public space a highly frequented square was discovered. A very inconspicuous and ordinary place without a real designation. The Red Square holds a great potential because of its high traffic volume. The idea to evoke change through a playful architectural design startet the urge for a realisation. The expectation of only needing a permission of the district was spoiled quickly. A far more complex structure of administration comes to light when trying to change public space in Vienna. The planning and realisation of Playful Architecture in Public Space via the project  Stadtlandschaft reveals insight into a project based design in Vienna. The city’s decentralised coordination may shatter creative ideas in the beginning and discourages designers. Passive support from the city of Vienna could be in form of a certain deregulation, more specifically in a simplification of processes regarding permission proceedings. An active way of encouragement by the administration could be an improvement of internal communications and a purposeful citizen activation and motivation. Through these projects, communication engages and social platforms and communities are formed which have an added value for the user of public space. Due to this support and the encouragement of projects like Stadtlandschaft urban space is shaped and created – from the most defining part of the city: the users and residents themselves.
Submitted   at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Supervision   Dr. phil. DI (FH) Sabine Knierbein