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Exhibition

Form follows Rule

Thu 23.11.2017 – Wed 04.04.2018
Daily 10:00-19:00
Poster subject of the exhibition

Form follows Rule
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien

Whenever architects design buildings and city planners envision urban life, an increasing mass of regulations accompany them. Laws, regulations and standardised norms have become key factors in the design process, which ought to be grounds for public debate.

The exhibition ‘Form Follows Rule’ 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 standardised norms have a significant impact on the design process. 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.

3 Personen stehen vor Ordnerwand
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
Viele Menschen in Ausstellungsraum und auf Treppe
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
Ornderwand mit vielen Menschen davor
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
2 Personen gehen die Treppe hinunter
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
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Frau mit Mütze und schwarzem Mantel im Vordergrund, dahinter mehrere Personen
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
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Mitten im Raum steht eine Treppe, rundherum viele Menschen und Ordnerwände
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
großes Modell mit dünnen Seilen
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
2 Frauen stehen auf einem Podest, eine Frau srpingt hinunter
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
1 Person fotografiert ein Spielplatzmodell in rot-blau
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
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Ordnerwand in Fenster und davor geht in der Dunkelheit eine Person
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
Gruppenfoto mit 5 Personen
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
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Mehrere Personen vor Ordnerwänden und Ziegelwand
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
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1 Mann springt von einem Podest und eine Frau sitzt dabei und schaut zu
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSel
Dunkelhaarige Frau mit bunten Kleid vor einer Treppe
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
Frau mit gelbem Rucksack schaut in einen Guckkasten
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
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Frau mit buntem Kleid und Mann mit schwarzen Anzug auf Treppe
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
4 Frauen vor großer Tafel und Ziegelwand
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
Gruppe von Menschen. Mann mit Schal, Brille und blauem Sacko im Vordergrund
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
3 Frauen vor Tafel. Frau in der Mitte hält ein Mikrofon
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
3 Männer auf einer Treppe, einer davon geht hinauf
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
Man going up stairs and woman behind
Exhibition "Form follows Rule"
Image: Lisa Rastl
"Do you feel the difference?"
Exhibition "Form follows Rule"
Image: Lisa Rastl
Woman on staircase
Exhibition "Form follows Rule"
Image: Lisa Rastl
Staircase in exhibition hall
Exhibition "Form follows Rule"
Image: Lisa Rastl
Children in front of the soundproof barrier and cranes
A soundproof barrier protects this housing complex in Berlin from children's noise
Image: Cay Dobberke
Two mockups in front of staircase
Exhibition "Form follows Rule"
Image: Lisa Rastl
Stairwell with handrail
As soon as alterations are made to the existing substance, current regulations apply
Image: Andreas Ledl
Sketch of a mobile mobile housing unit
Campo Libero is a mobile housing unit for (often illegal) harvest workers in southern Italy
Image: Designed by Conceptual Devices, Antonio Scarponi, Zurich, 2016
Books on white board
Exhibition "Form follows Rule"
Image: Lisa Rastl
The red lines on the building show reserves in the development plan
Reserves in the development plan: JSG — Jagdschlossgasse apartment building by gerner°gerner plus
Image: Photograph: Zara Pfeifer, Illustration: Christina Lenart

The scope of Viennese building regulations, for example, has continually broadened since their introduction in 1829, supplemented, inter alia, by a rapid increase in regulations and standardised norms. The strict regulations in the building sector are inseparably tied to a shift in society, calling for guaranteed protection for citizens and care to be taken of the weakest. Today, in contrast, there are widespread complaints about the administration of potential risks, where playgrounds are designed for helicopter parents and grounds everywhere become higher and doors heavier. And while large parts of the building sector complain about the “flood of regulations”, on the other hand, the complexity of the regulations promotes a new model of society based on risk management. How could things go so far?

With attention focused behind the scenes in the building sector, the exhibition is intended to trigger a broad public debate. What regulation does society need because it is in the public interest, to facilitate communal life or intended to safeguard our lives? Which regulations go too far, and which primarily fulfil specific interests? What do a country’s regulatory bodies say about the dominant concept of society? What sort of architecture results from ‘playing safe’.

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

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