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Position 3
Residential Building as Motivation

Photo ©Stefan Zenzmaier

Our housing demands are changing drastically.
Residential building, however, has long since stopped serving as a motivation for innovative architecture, thus new impulses for a creative way of addressing our housing needs are way overdue.

As opposed to decades of unchecked building in rural areas, Austria, with its considerable state housing subsidies, could make residential building the basis for urban planning and urban renewal and the foundation of a new city architecture.

New lifestyles and environments, the aging of society, a new balance between work and leisure and the higher expectations placed on the living environment that come with it, the renaissance, and – both in Vienna and Styria – the growth of the city and the concomitant decline in population, as well as a crisis of the city centres, like in the small towns of Tyrol – all these contradictory trends demand new architectural answers. Or they urge us to reassess forgotten experiments and prototypes that have been unjustly disregarded.

In seven interviews with Werner Sewing, Austrian architects develop conceptual answers to this challenge and demonstrate them in their buildings.

maria flöckner und hermann schnöll
henke und schreieck Architekten
Jabornegg & Pálffy
marte.marte architekten
Wolfgang Pöschl, tatanka ideenvertriebssgmbh
Riegler Riewe Architekten
gerhard steixner Architekt

Werner Sewing

architectural theorist and sociologist
Born in Bielefeld in 1951.

Appointed Professor of Architectural Theory at the Universität Karlsruhe. From 2002 to 2005, Visiting Professor of Architectural Sociology and Architectural Theory at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. In 2004, served as Substitute Chair of History and Theory of Architecture and the City at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. For the summer semester of 2004 he was also an Alcatel/SEL Visiting Professor at the International Center for Culture and Technology Research (IZKT) of the Universität Stuttgart. Visiting Associate Professor at the Berlin Studio, University of Kentucky (2002, 2004). Since 2003 he has served as Associate Professor of Urban Sociology in the postgraduate studies program Real Estate Management (REM) at the FB VII of the TU Berlin.
Prior to this, taught architectural sociology at the TU Berlin (1995–2001), was Visiting Professor of Architectural History at the University of California Berkeley (2000), Visiting Critic at the Architectural Association in London (2001) and the Bauhauskolleg Dessau (2001–2002). From 1992 to 1995 he taught urban sociology and architectural sociology at the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen in Weimar (today: Bauhaus Universität).
Prior to this, taught sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Studied political sociology, urban sociology, and sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Member of many expert commissions, among others: member of the German Association of Architects (BDA) Berlin, member of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (DASL), chairman of the Förderverein Baukultur, until 2007 executive committee member in the “parliament” of the Stiftung Baukultur.


Bildregie. Architektur zwischen Retrodesign und Eventkultur.
Basel, Berlin, Boston: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2003. (Bauwelt Fundamente 126).

Architecture: Sculpture.
Munich, Berlin, London, New York: Prestel Publishing, 2004.

> Werner Sewing (auf nextroom.at)
> maria flöckner und hermann schnöll
> henke und schreieck Architekten
> Jabornegg & Pálffy (Werkliste auf nextroom.at)
> marte.marte architekten
> Wolfgang Pöschl, tatanka ideenvertriebssgmbh (Werkliste auf nextroom.at)
> Riegler Riewe Architekten
> gerhard steixner Architekt

© Before Architecture, Commissioner Bettina Götz, ARTEC Architekten 2008