Architecture and Storytelling in Times of Heat
Social issues and experimental approaches to architecture and urban design in times of climate change
1st edition, 2023
Text English and German
320 pages, 79 color and 140 b/w illustrations
15.5 x 23 cm
In cooperation with the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
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?
Christina Condak is a partner with Vienna-based architecture firm NURARCHITEKTUR and a professor of design at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Michelle Howard is director of Berlin-based design firm constructconcept and a 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. In her research work she explores questions of visibility, inclusion and exclusion, and the manifestation of ideologies and past policies through architecture and urban design.
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 a 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 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.