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Futur Proof Redensification

Vienna, Austria
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The Quantity of Space

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Only with the hunger for knowledge and the unlimited curiosity of a child questions will explore beyond one's imagination. The resulting positivist approach does not require the minimization of the damage, but the maximization of benefits. The urban manifests itself on countless levels, both materially and socially. Therefore, it is important to understand future proof as a process that requires thinking beyond individual perception and his profession. The result is an urban planning as a social practice. Within the context of the European city, the public space therefore is less about something spatial as such, but rather a principle of democratic debate. From this very basic questions arise to the requirements of a space that is to be considered only in the broadest sense as a space. Rather, it is a socio-spatial configuration that spans between the islands of the private and as a kind of relay functions between the zones of the redensification. Because especially in the typology of the European city, the public space is almost a common good and an encounter zone whereby the physical urban density also receives a socio-political dimension.

Therefore, densification does not mean maximization of living space, but maximization of possibility. Only by understanding the interaction between material and social levels spreads the process-based, networked and chaotic the city from before you. It soon becomes clear that the current, historically grown city has reached a limit, which demands a rethink. More people have not only more demands on the coexistence and social interaction, it needs above all, more infrastructure and public transport, more community facilities and better care of disadvantaged populations, more jobs and rising consumer, more recreational facilities and more need for recreational pursuits. This all leads ultimately to more social interaction and increased mobility dependence, hence to more environmental pollution through more private transport to more goods movements and ultimately to more waste. However, the wheel need not be reinvented but simply thinking about the use of the selfsame, and existing structures will be adapted accordingly.

Detailed project published in: 'Neue Wiener Dichte. Städtebau im Zeitalter der Stadt'(Sonderzahl Verlag, Wien)