Places for people
Elke Delugan-Meissl together with Sabine Dreher and Christian Muhr (Liquid Frontiers)
Architectural & design teams:
In line with the overall theme of the Biennale, the Austrian pavilion will show architectural solutions and concrete measures for improving the living conditions of refugees in Austria.
‘Places for People’ is about three current projects which were commissioned to adapt three contrasting locations in Vienna in order to create temporary living space. The ideas, concepts and concrete measures have been developed and, partly, implemented in less than six months. They reveal how cities, homes and public spaces should be designed and used, and how architecture can continue to fulfil its civil role and remain relevant to society as a whole.
The projects in Vienna are being documented by photographer Paul Kranzler and will be presented in the Austrian Pavilion in Venice. The title ‘Places for People’ is a reference to the Austrian-American architect, designer, author and exhibition organiser Bernard Rudofsky (1905-1988), whose nomadic life and visionary work are a source of inspiration for the contribution.
“Our contribution is not limited to either single positions or concrete solutions. The three interventions in Vienna react to an emergency situation by dealing in real time with real people and a multitude of limiting regulations. Through a form of self-experimentation our teams have engaged energetically in an unpredictable process focussed only on the benefit of the persons concerned. This intense experience has necessitated a shift from the formal to the social aspects of architecture. I consider the question of how we want to live together in the future as one of the most essential issues which our discipline must address.”
Elke Delugan-Meissl, commissioner
More information on the interventions and development of the different projects can be found on the website of Places for People. It also includes a download service with essays about the whole complex of issues and 14 interviews about other innovative projects from Austria in this area. The EOOS team has also further elaborated on their theme in the book ‘Social Furniture‘.
Review by The Venice Insider
As soon as you cross the bridge across the Rio del Giardini, the ‘Places for People’ sign of Austria lures you inside the pavilion. The team showcases selected projects that improve the living conditions of people seeking refuge in Austria, which is in line with the social statement of Alejandro Arevana. The first room displays pallets with huge piles of posters with images of the selected projects. You can take these home if you like, and many people do so. The second, outdoor room has a long table with objects related to the refugee projects and a pile of ‘Places for People’ journals against the wall. You can take a seat to read the details of the projects in the newspaper. The setup of the pavilion couldn’t really convince me to stay and take time to read the newspaper on the spot, but I did take it home with me.
Katia – The Venice Insider
Click here to return to the overview of the other pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 or read my post What to expect from the 2016 Architecture Biennale.
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