A Negotiated Archipelago | Europan 13 Austria | 2015
A Negotiated Archipelago
Bruck Mur, Austria, 2015
Topography and infrastructure have been a crucial factor to delimit and remark the condition of different islands within the area of Bruck-Mur. The train tracks, the highways, but also the river Mur, and the building typologies themselves have produced a territory that is characterized by a series of urban fragments, located islands that have developed their own identity within the region. This proposal will not take the condition of limit as something negative. Instead of analyzing the post-condition of the city as a state of crisis, under the necessity of correction, we ought to take those as found chain of islands as potential attributes to develop a system of growth. The distance between important urban fragments is being transgressed through different infrastructures and that opens up new possibilities for the territory.
The morphology, programmatic definition and identity of the islands will depend on the scale at which we analyze them. This proposal aims to study those different scales (regional – local and architectural) and benefit from their interrelationship. The desire for stability and the need for instability are no longer incompatible. This region is presented as a dynamic archipelago that will allow the urban to evolve in a non-linear manner. We propose an open model of growth that establishes a series of negotiations between the as found islands and that generate links at different scales.