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Opening of the exhibition

Form follows Rule

Wed 22.11.2017, 19:00-23:30
Playground with spheres

Would such a fantastic playground still be possible today? WIG 74, Kurpark Oberlaa
© MA 42 – Wiener Stadtgärten

The exhibition ‘Form follows Rule’ (23.11.2017–04.04.2018) brings the regulations to the fore, regulations which are themselves rarely featured in an architecture museum, directing attention critically but also unavoidably humorously to the legal subtext of architecture and urban development.

Case studies, explanations of terminology, historical and international comparisons show how strongly legislative compendia and reams of standards have a significant impact on the design process. Full-scale models and test pieces provide a first-hand experience of the results of the rules. Interviews with architects, project developers, experts and building authority representatives shed light on the current situation in all of its complexity and incongruities, exploring leeway for interpretation that is also exploited in numerous workarounds.

Curators: Martina Frühwirth, Karoline Mayer, Katharina Ritter, Az W


  • Angelika Fitz, Director Az W
  • Martina Frühwirth, Curator Az W
  • Karoline Mayer, Curator Az W
  • Katharina Ritter, Curator Az W
  • Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor, Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning