“good vibes” is an exhibition organized by the architect Pierre Riepl which recently opened at Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, focusing on nine university campuses designed by Austrian and international architectural practices in prominent urban settings in the Austrian cities of Vienna, Graz and Linz.
The aim is to show how campuses and cities can benefit from their interconnections, thus replacing the vision of the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, the new European universities were influenced by the American model of the university campus, with flat structures and open in large parks often located outside the city center: a model completely opposite to that of historic universities located in dense urban areas.
Today, climate change and digital connections, as well as teaching more oriented towards interdisciplinary study and dialogue, require the definition of new parameters and new university architectures. Universities need technical and scientific infrastructures as well as spaces that can become places of meeting, concentration, discourse, appropriation and participation; and buildings must be able to interact with their environment and be flexible to anticipate future changes.
The exhibition draws public attention to nine virtuous examples of “urban university campuses” in Austria: new constructions and historical buildings extended or renovated resulting from international design competitions. These are projects in which the existing built heritage has been adapted in response to criteria of energy saving and reduction CO2 emissions, and, both in the structures and the campuses built around the 1960s, the architects manage to mediate between the need for open spaces and the interaction with the city.
Particularly emblematic projects are the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where new open spaces have been created in existing buildings to serve the university, and the first campus in Austria, Johannes Kepler University in Linz, where targeted actions and new extensions have integrated the university into its environment.
Images reproduced with the kind permission of Aedes Architecture Forum
Title: Good Vibrations / The University as an Urban Campus – Nine Examples from the Austrian University Library,
Exhibition: March 19 – May 5, 2022
Opening: Friday, March 18, 2022
Venue: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18–19, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Sun–Mon 1 p.m.–5 p.m., Sat 19 March 2022, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
(01-02) University Library, University of Graz. © BIG | David Schreyer
(03 – 04) Campus of the Medical University of Graz. © BIG | David Schreyer
(05) Future Art Lab, mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. © BIG | Hertha Hurnaus
(06) Ilse Wallentin Haus, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. © BIG | Hannes Buchinger
(07) Tüwi, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. © BIG | Hannes Buchinger
(08) Theater im Palais, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. © BIG | David Schreyer
(09) Kepler Hall, Johannes Kepler University Linz. © BIG | Bruno Klomfar
(10) Library with Learning Center, Johannes Kepler University Linz. © BIG | Bruno Klomfar
(11) Science Park, Johannes Kepler University of Linz. © BIG | Herta Hurnaus
(12) Library and Learning Center, Vienna University of Economics and Business. © BIG | Bruno Klomfar
(13) Campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. © BIG | Bruno Klomfar
(14) Unicorn and building of the Austrian Students’ Union, University of Graz. © BIG | David Schreyer
(15) Schwanzer-Trakt, University of Applied Arts Vienna. © BIG | Bruno Klomfar
(16) Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, Vienna University of Applied Arts © BIG | Bruno Klomfar
(17) MedUni Campus Mariannengasse, Medical University of Vienna. © BIG | Visualization: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects