A school show project from University of Applied Arts Vienna

University of Applied Arts Vienna spotlights 15 master of architecture projects

Dezeen School Shows: a landscape garden for the Bengali community of Whitechapel in London and a pedestrian market on Vienna's Ringstrasse are included in Dezeen's latest school show by students at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Also featured is a pedestrian bridge that hovers above a pixelated landscape and a redesigned version of a historical sculpture inside Vienna's Augarten.


University of Applied Arts Vienna

Institution: University of Applied Arts Vienna
School: Institute of Architecture
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Studio Síazmoreno Garcíagrinda, Studio Greg Lynn and Studio Hani Rashid

School statement:

"The Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna/die Angewandte offers a three-year accredited master's program (MArch) focused on experimental and innovative design in architecture and urban practices.

"The institute is embedded in an internationally renowned applied arts university that fosters exchange between disciplines, provides state-of-the-art education in the fields of arts and research and promotes global exchange.

"With its international orientation and its profound artistic, technical and discursive educational program, the Institute of Architecture produces critical work and searches for visionary strategies that address the most urgent questions of our time and the near future.

"To create new schemes and visions in education, research and practice that address these challenges, architecture at the Institute of Architecture is taught as an integrative discipline by promoting transdisciplinary project processes and working methods from the very local to the planetary.

"Just as there are many areas and niches within architecture and the professional field of architects, the university proclaims diversity on all levels, including teaching.

"Consequently, the autonomy of all the institute's design studios and departments is crucial and considered to be productive, provoking more critical discourse, projects and dynamics."


AgroPraxis – N'djamena, Chad by Nikita Pononarev, Adham Sinan and Alexandra Terekhova

"The project aims to tackle the water scarcity and food insecurity issues of the city of N'djamena, Chad.

"A large part of the country suffers from a chronic shortage of water even though the country has extensive underground and surface resources. The existing infrastructure does not guarantee secure access to water for all, and global warming and a growing population further complicate the situation.

"This intervention intends to provide people with advanced farming systems, bringing significantly increased yields.

"It also includes educational facilities to train farmers and support their families, as well as markets and research centres to create a sustainable environment."

Students: Nikita Pononarev, Adham Sinan and Alexandra Terekhova
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Hani Rashid, Jose Carlos Lopez Cervantes, Sophie Grell, Eldine Heep, Sophie Luger and Lenia Mascha
Emails: n.ponomarev260798[at]gmail.com, adam95darwesh[at]gmail.com and altmarhi[at]gmail.com


Mechanomorph (Hydro)City – The Future of Bangkok by Witchaya Jingjit

"This project focuses on the future of Bangkok.

"It intends to conserve the city as the risk of flooding continues to rise. The hypothesis is a concept of a symbiotic, kind of poetic, way of working hand in glove with nature and technology in order to create a new human-made ecosystem by rethinking urban intervention design."

Student: Witchaya Jingjit
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Hani Rashid, Jose Carlos Lopez Cervantes, Sophie Grell, Eldine Heep, Sophie Luger and Lenia Mascha
Email: archi.witchaya[at]gmail.com


A bird's eye view of an architectural complex

Medius paedagōgicus – Re-wilding Augarten by Mohamed Abdelhady, Olja Radovanovic and Adham Sinan

"Medius paedagōgicus is an attempt to prompt a direly needed pedagogical, semantic and paradigmatic shift to negotiating the human role within nature, its scope of influence and the anthropocene.

"Via the peripheric deregulation conditions of a public park, the ephemeral, deceptive and seemingly anthropocentric architecture manifestation subsequently acts as a medium for unsettling collision – as a pedagogical catalyst for unlearning and the defamiliarisation of encounter manifesting in the ambiguity, temporality and experiantility.

"This highlights ecocentric humility as the pedagogical objective."

Students: Mohamed Abdelhady, Olja Radovanovic and Adham Sinan
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Hani Rashid, Jose Carlos Lopez Cervantes, Sophie Grell, Eldine Heep, Sophie Luger and Lenia Mascha
Emails: Mohamed.yehia.abdelhady[at]gmail.com, olja.radovanovic26[at]gmail.com and adam95darwesh[at]gmail.com


A bird's eye view of an urban environment

Borders of Plurality by Tilman Fabini, Lisa Gerdes, Oliver Hamedinger, Raffael Stegfellner

"The project is an exploration of the combinatory potential of artificial and biological intelligence in augmented design processes.

"This methodology aims to blur the line between human intuition and machine intelligence in order to produce a new ecocentric urban composition that provides a spatial framework for a mutually beneficial coexistence of anthropocentric, natural and artificial actors."

Students: Tilman Fabini, Lisa Gerdes, Oliver Hamedinger, Raffael Stegfellner
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Hani Rashid, Jose Carlos Lopez Cervantes, Sophie Grell, Eldine Heep, Sophie Luger and Lenia Mascha
Emails: tilman[at]fabini.de, lisamariegerdes[at]gmail.com, oliver.hamedinger[at]icloud.com and rstegfellner[at]gmail.com


A render of Vienna's Augarten reimagined

Subtraction by Simon Weishäupl

"What should we do with ruins? Destroy or reinvent them? In the centre of Vienna's Augarten stands a huge monument of the past.

"A flak tower of 170,000 tons of concrete left over from the Second World War. The proposed new design of the tower is a subtraction of the original shape, milled out of the immense walls of the tower to house a new porous structure, which can be understood as a linear exhibition space along a helix ramp.

"77 cocoons show audiovisual exhibitions about the past and future of conflicts and hopefully engender visitors to reflect upon how much peace is worth."

Student: Simon Weishäupl
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Hani Rashid, Jose Carlos Lopez Cervantes, Sophie Grell, Eldine Heep, Sophie Luger and Lenia Mascha
Email: mail[at]simonsais.net


Play&Connect by Ebrar Eke, Alina Logunova, Anna Ovchinnikova, Eylül İçgören and Natalia Laskovaya

"Play&Connect focuses on the culinary experiences of Ringstrasse, Vienna.

"We introduced a set of modular components to diversify the building's shape and interior typologies while at the same time, providing both compact and usable spaces. The system allows us to create a huge set of variations, manipulate the reconfiguration of architectural elements and engage city dwellers for exchange and communication.

"The design offers two different seasonal conditions. In winter we are bringing all the components together and creating a tower organisation in the publicly active areas.

"During summer structures are scattered on the ring, which is closed to traffic. This creates a continuous landscape that brings people together and this transformation is provided by the cranes. Ring street becomes dominated by pedestrians and cyclists, prioritising pedestrians and greenery over cars."

Students: Ebrar Eke, Alina Logunova, Anna Ovchinnikova, Eylül İçgören and Natalia Laskovaya
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Greg Lynn, Martin Murero, Valeria Ospital, Bence Pap and Kaiho Yu
Emails: ebrareke[at]gmail.com, alina.logunova.at[at]gmail.com, annsea7[at]gmail.com, eyicgoren[at]gmail.com and laskovayanatasha[at]gmail.com


ARTram by Hao Wu, Anna Salakhova, Luca Zanarini, Philipp Ma and Tomaz Roblek

"Our proposal reimagines the traditional museum and extends the museum experience outdoors in a motional and dynamic way. It links the cultural facilities and provides a preview highlighting a bigger exhibition at a permanent museum. The project aims to catch people's attention, get them to be curious and build interest in art among a broader audience.

"The master plan combines mobility and pedestrianisation. We treat the Vienna Ringstreet as a running 'sushi table', where self-driving modular galleries and complementary museum programs travel along the ring on the existing tram tracks.

"By adding to the existing transportation system, we get the opportunity to engage people with art while they are moving in the city, without having to sign up for a museum experience.

"The experience of the waiting time in transportation is replaced with the interaction with art. The ARTram turns the vehicle into a public space offering an unconventional experience to its visitors.

"From being only the circulation area the ring becomes a space that is augmented with art, a space for exchange and collaboration for the museums and art institutions scattered along the street. The facade as an incomplete section lets people on the street have a glimpse of the inside. Such a section becomes an urban vitrine of cultural activities."

Students: Hao Wu, Anna Salakhova, Luca Zanarini, Philipp Ma and Tomaz Roblek
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Greg Lynn, Martin Murero, Valeria Ospital, Bence Pap and Kaiho Yu
Emails: lucadanielezanarini[at]gmail.com, chakhalsalakhova[at]gmail.com, toma.roblek0[at]gmail.com, eryamatrix[at]icloud.com, hao.wu1302[at]gmail.com and philippjiuweima[at]gmail.com


Park Coworking by Zubin Tan, Joyce Lee, Laleh Sadegloo

"In the post-epidemic era, reduced physical connectivity due to working from home has made people depressed and negative.

"Beyond this freedom of private working time, we still need a place to work and discuss together. We imagine a project consisting of modularity and reconfiguration that meets diverse spatial needs and responds to the changing seasons.

"We reimagine a shift from a 'permanent' to a 'temporary' approach to work in the future. Unlike WeWork, these spaces are provided by the City Council for the public good. The company reduces its heavy asset costs and pays a small amount of rent. People are not told they have to work in a certain place, but are free to choose their favourite workspace. The city will also gain more public space for its residents.

"The project group is placed near parks and stations. Colleagues with coworking needs can book in advance, work together in a preferred space and go to the park for a break and relaxation afterward. There is no longer a rule that a specific space should be used for a specific function.

"We design amenities that can be shared between the park and the office – such as a cafe, food stall, public gym, portable charging station and floating screen – to act as a filler and link between the two space types."

Students: Zubin Tan, Joyce Lee and Laleh Sadegloo
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Greg Lynn, Martin Murero, Valeria Ospital, Bence Pap and Kaiho Yu
Emails: budingniannian[at]gmail.com, joyceleewy6[at]gmail.com and lale.sadeghloo[at]gmail.com


Made In by Tala Sawmeh, Philipova Olga, Tobias Haas, Anastasia Sevchenko and Leon Mackowski

"Due to global competition, local businesses are declining in popularity and people are becoming unaware of local artisanal products.

"By introducing a pedestrian market on Vienna's Ringstrasse, with local artisanal manufacturing and selling, we face that challenge spatially and offer new awareness of quality products.

"Made In the ring is a market on demand that brings local manufacturing and selling of traditionally crafted products such as wearables and slow food to the public street.

"It consists of modules that re-configure and re-allocate based on seasonal commercial activities. They make up three different configurations that react to different attraction values along the street.

"These configurations, in turn, aim to equalise the attraction values of all zones, thus reactivating urban abandoned regions by offering different states of circulation and durations of stay."

Students: Tala Sawmeh, Philipova Olga, Tobias Haas, Anastasia Sevchenko and Leon Mackowski
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Greg Lynn, Martin Murero, Valeria Ospital, Bence Pap and Kaiho Yu
Emails: haastobias[at]yahoo.de, leon.mackowski[at]hotmail.com, asya.shevchenko13[at]gmail.com, filipp.o.a[at]yandex.ru and tala.sawmeh[at]gmail.com


Urban Arena by Margit Applegate, Anahita Dehlavi, Jennifer Frangieh and Arkadii Zavialov

"The Urban Arena proposes an elevated pedestrian bridge that hovers above a landscape of pixelated modules. The conglomeration of modules oscillates between a park landscape and an arena for extreme sports.

"The modules host sports such as skateboarding, BMX, skiing, snowboarding, and rock climbing, and offer public spaces for dining, leisure, and play. Each pixel has its own independent function, but the conglomeration of pixels results in a playful multifunctional public space.

"The Urban Arena revitalises the Ringstrasse as a people-first public realm and transforms the pedestrian experience into a promenade of spontaneous and unexpected experiences.

"The metamorphosis of the pixels from park to arena merges performance and architecture and serves as an exploration of temporal interventions at a spectacular scale."

Students: Margit Applegate, Anahita Dehlavi, Jennifer Frangieh and Arkadii Zavialov
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Greg Lynn, Martin Murero, Maja Ozvaldic, Bence Pap and Kaiho Yu
Emails: margitapplegate[at]gmail.com, anahita.dehlavi72[at]gmail.com , jenniferfrangieh[at]gmail.com, zavialovarkady[at]gmail.com


Hot Fat Dirty. Material Residence for Immaterial Artworks by Iga Mazur

Hot Fat Dirty –Material Residence for Immaterial Artworks by Iga Mazur

"This residence is inhabited by digital artists' cooperative and immaterial artworks. The project speculates on digital and physical production, its maintenance, domesticity and storage in the City of London.

"It is a self-curated gallery within a domestic setting managed by the community itself. The dirty on-site matter accumulates heat from servers, rigs and digital support in fat structures that act as a thermal mass."

Student: Iga Mazur
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Anna Gulinska, Lorenzo Perri, Zsuzsa Peter and Hannes Traupmann


Reinventing the Asset: The Anti-Phantom Freeport by Katja Banovic

Reinventing the Asset: The Anti-Phantom Freeport by Katja Banovic

"The building exists on the line between the shadow and light. The automatisation and the freight elevators manage the movement out of the shadows and into the light, marking the action as showrooms.

"It is not a clear display, but one which plays with angles, phantomness, field organisation, theatrical organisation or the level of accessibility through the public promenade.

"The whole building is a curatorial piece – a performance of the way assets are handled and moved, the way they are stored and the way they are curated."

Student: Katja Banovic
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Anna Gulinska, Lorenzo Perri, Zsuzsa Peter and Hannes Traupmann
Email: banovic.katja[at]gmail.com


In Limbo by Michael Nemkov

In Limbo by Michael Nemkov

"In Limbo explores the possible role of the built environment in claims for public space in politically turbulent circumstances.
In Limbo is a possibility of non-indifferent architecture for independent media – a microcosm of resilience.

"Its architecture is a non-human actor in the struggle for unbiased information. As Jane Bennet referred to the capacity of things not only to impede or block the will and designs of humans, but also to act as quasi agents with trajectories and tendencies of their own.

"Modulated by political and public objectives of journalists, In Limbo is there to follow and to respond to their needs – to face the contemporary and to contain scenarios for the future."

Student: Michael Nemkov
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Anna Gulinska, Lorenzo Perri, Zsuzsa Peter and Hannes Traupmann
Email: nemkov.m[at]gmail.com


Staging Authenticity: The Synthetic Gardens of Brick Lane by Patrik Drechsler

Staging Authenticity: The Synthetic Gardens of Brick Lane by Patrik Drechsler

"The project is a landscape garden for the Bengali community of Whitechapel in London, facing the loss of visibility in the inner city due to gentrification.

"It is trying to mediate between physical space and the digital realm by constructing views to produce visual content along a procession path informed by Bengali wedding practices."

Student: Patrik Drechsler
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Anna Gulinska, Lorenzo Perri, Zsuzsa Peter and Hannes Traupmann
Email: philus.bob[at]gmail.com


Skin on Skin by Xavier Madden

Skin on Skin by Xavier Madden

"Located in Tbilisi, Georgia, the project aims to bring microbes, humans and plants together in co-dependent relationships that happen beyond scientific labs.

"To do this the project creates spaces of plurality by merging scientific practices that work with bacteria and fermentation with the uniquely urban activity of a nightclub for the queer, kink and fetish community of Tbilisi."

Student: Xavier Madden
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, Anna Gulinska, Lorenzo Perri, Zsuzsa Peter and Hannes Traupmann
Email: xaviermadden[at]hotmail.com

Partnership content

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.