Topic: Energizing Vienna sets its goal to speculate on novel strategies for inner-urban densification, beyond existing urban planning paradigms, based on the hypothesis that Vienna could grow in density without acquiring open areas for development. Taking into account new technologies to incorporate feed-back systems of evaluation in the design process, implementing adaptability for changing environmental conditions, radically alters the role of architecture in regard to the understanding of urban morphologies, incorporating the notion of time in multiple scales.
Scope: The studio looks at the city as a three-dimensional space of investigation, whereby the spatial and technological potential of the architectural expertise is considered as the driving force for alternative urban design strategies to explore the possibilities of undetected spaces for growth.
People: Directed by Andrea Börner and Bernhard Sommer, taught together with Anna Gulinska and Galo Moncayo, the program is conducted by faculty from Urban Strategies and Energy Design, and includes intense workshops with invited guests, guest lectures and reviews in a well balanced mix of integrating international and local knowledge to contribute to the studio in teaching, feed-back and dialogue.
Liam Young is a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. Trained as an architect in Australia, he has worked for a number of the world’s leading design practices. As technology increasingly became the fundamental driver of urban change Young became frustrated with the slow pace of traditional architecture and set up his own speculative futures think tank, Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a collaborative practice, working across science, technology and architecture. To ground his design fiction practice in the realities of present Young has also cofounded the research studio ‘Unknown Fields’, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures. He develops this research through teaching positions at the Architectural Association in London and is visiting professor at Princeton and currently teaches at SCI-Arc.
The architectural firm LAAC emerged 2009 as an update from the office astearchitecture. LAAC develops contemporary architectural solutions for urban and landscape challenges. Using modern design techniques innovative, forward-looking Buildings, constructions and structures are developed systematically. LAAC seeks for sustainable architectural solutions for environmental problems. The architecture is developed from its relationship to the environment and connects to it. Design, shape and material question and interpret the context, LAAC is as well interface for implementation, teaching and research.
The research interests of Professor Auer are in the field of climate responsive building design. The aim of this work is to optimize energy performance and environmental quality while taking into consideration local specifics such as the macro- and micro climate and the influence of building form and material. The research focuses primarily on energy efficiency and how it influences the built environment, in particular with reference to building scale (form, material and technology) and district/urban scale (urban form, infrastructure, etc.). Simulation tools are used to assist in analyzing and optimizing the interdependence between buildings and their technical services. Between 2001 and 2008 Professor Auer had a teaching assignment at Yale University. Subsequently he held visiting professorship positions at the University of Kassel, the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the University of Sassari (Università degli Studi di Sassari) in Italy and Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He has been a professor at TUM since 2014.