Panel discussion

Architecture as Social Action

Centre Stage #3

Wed 28.09.2022, 19:00-21:00
Residential house in wood with white and light brown surfaces, in front a meadow with trees

Gunter Wratzfeld (with Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz), Residential building, Schützenstraße, Dornbirn, 1975–1978
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Karin Mack

At its best, architecture should have a positive impact on social conditions and not just reflect them. Ways to achieve this are the subject of an intergenerational panel discussion.

The collective housing projects on show in the permanent collection are mostly displayed as models that are more than merely interesting (aesthetic) objects. Which is why we are drawing attention to the social framework — i.e., to the conditions of production and of usage — as well as to the social actors who are involved in the planning proccesses. Our guest speakers discuss the possibilities for an approach to architecture based on the notion of building for a community. In this context, a newly released book is also presented, produced by the Az W in cooperation with the well-known Austrian architecture photographer Karin Mack, on the buildings of the Vorarlberger Baukünstler, architect Gunter Wratzfeld.

Guest speakers:
Bettina Götz and Richard Manahl, ARTEC Architekten
Christoph Lammerhuber, pool Architektur
Karin Mack, architecture photographer
Elsa Prochazka, architect
Gunter Wratzfeld, architect

Moderated by Sonja Pisarik, curator/Az W Collection