PUBLISHER Bernd Vlay / Paul Rajakovics / Marko Studen Europan Austria / Europan Slovenia
EDITORS Bernd Vlay / Paul Rajakovics / Marko Studen
TRANSLATION Jeanette Pacher / Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon / Tonia Walsh Nicholas Grindell / Nita Tandon / Karin Christof Ekaterina Obermair / Irina Seits / Karl Hoffmann / Y-Plus
GRAPHIC DESIGN MVD Austria Kathrin Dörfler / Michael Rieper Christine Schmauszer / Georg Skerbisch
PRINTING Holzhausen Druck und Medien GmbH.
E7-8 - UROPEAN URBANITY
EUROPAN 7 AND 8 AUSTRIA & SLOVENIA
This publication addresses specialist readers form the disciplines architecture, urban planning, sociology, and cultural theory, as well as an audience that is interested in the development of contemporary cities and in experimental architecture work. A comprehensive documentation of projects provides an overview of young architectural strategies on urban development, not only showing all prize-winning and selected EUROPAN projects from EUROPAN 7 and 8 in Austria and Slovenia, but also presenting the projects of Austrian and Slovenian EUROPAN winners abroad.
Accompanying these projects, a collection of texts by writers, critics, theorists, architects, and artists examines the effects of political, economical, and social forces onto urban environments, reflecting spatial and urbanist practices, always in relation to current transformations of urban spaces. Within this context, Uropean Urbanity manifests itself as a set of aberrations of the so-called "European City" propagating a collection of observations and projects, sometimes contradictory, sometimes with surprising parallels, e.g. where childhood memories of St. Petersburg`s suburbia "approach" the fiction of Eindhoven's future.
The graphic design directly juxtaposes text contributions with architectural projects in order confront the disciplinary realm of architectural projects with its implicit "other", its reflections on the social and political relevance of architectural work. We suggest a new outlook on Europe's future urban landscapes promoting the coexistence of theoretical reflectino and making do. This coexistence might be EUROPAN's unsaid dream.