In our culture bread is a symbol for safeguarding the basic existence. The consumer society lives by the idea that resources are available indefinitely. The industrialized world consumes more than it needs and less than it buys. In Austria, a country with about 8 million inhabitants, annually 170,000 tons of enjoyable food end up in the trash, 70,000 tons of it is bread. For the production, transport and disposal of goods and foods, large amounts of resources are required. To waste these raises questions about consumer behavior. Just the amount of wasted food in Europe could feed twice the hungry of the world. A new balance between economy and ecology is necessary.
The “Arc de Triomphe”, which was realized in the context of “street gallery – Lendwirbel Festival 2012″ in Graz (AT), accounts a global capitalist system that has passed the zenith of infinite growth. The “Arc de Triomphe” enlightens a dark aspect of our behavior – waste production.
The continuing housing crisis provides an opportunity to re-examine post-war ideas about how to accommodate the city’s workers and their families in our increasingly vertical city. This proposal for a 32 storey tower revisits ‘streets-in-the-sky’ as articulated by the Smithson’s and other architects of that era and takes the theory to its absolute zenith with a one mile long continuous street spiralling upwards through its interior.
The design could be described as ‘Park Hill meets the Guggenheim’ and aspires to a vertical neighbourhood that embraces and encourages civic interaction, where the morning school run and the daily commute circumnavigate each other, and the milk delivery and rubbish collection take place centre stage on the street.
The Television Center in Almaty (Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan, 1996. The building was built during the Soviet Era and unfortunately lacks information about its architect and construction date. It was inspired by the historical cities of Central Asia, whose regional capital was Almaty. The design recalls the Persian muqarnas (complicated geometric niches and domes clad in tiles or mirror) of the mosques and madrasas of Registan, Bukhara, and Khiva. The style was adapted to the cityscape by using metal cladding and glass.