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Wiener Hitze - Architecture and Storytelling in Times of Heat

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For centuries, dealing with cold has been the dominant climatic factor for architectural design in Central Europe. The climate change apparent now assigns this role to heat. Architecture and urban design strive for efficient, resource-saving technical solutions to meet the changing climatic conditions and the energy standards they demand without really questioning customary notions of comfort, forms of living, and urban coexistence. Yet architects must increasingly search for experimental approaches and new ways in which we can live together well in a rapidly warming climate, in particular in cities and metropolitan regions.
Despite a supposed powerlessness in the face of the impending climate catastrophe, the contributions collected in this volume offer a diverse range of narratives that tell of experiences, observations, and the needs of people that inhabit hotter worlds, both real and imagined. What role as climate producers can architecture and the city play in shaping our habitat if these important issues are understood not only in purely technological but also in cultural and social terms?

About the author

The Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is one of Europe's leading schools of architecture and part of Austria's most ancient arts university. Christina Condak is a partner with Vienna-based architecture firm NURARCHITEKTUR and professor of design at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Michelle Howard is director of the Berlin-based design firm constructconcept and professor of architecture at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Christina Jauernik is an architect, artistic researcher, and dancer working as a senior scientist at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Linda Lackner is an architect and theorist. Lisa Schmidt-Colinet is a senior scientist and deputy head of the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is also a cofounder of Vienna-based design firm schmidt-colinet - schmoeger. Angelika Schnell is professor of theory and history of architecture and of design at the Platform History Theory Criticism (HTC), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Eva Sommeregger is a cofounder of the design studio eyeTry architecture and a senior researcher at the Art Academy of Latvia's (LMDA) Institute of Contemporary Art, Design, and Architecture in Riga.

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