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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

When architects design buildings and urban planners imagine urban life they are accompanied by a great many regulations. Who makes these rules, what do they say about our society, and was the situation really any better in the past?

“From a fire safety standpoint it doesn’t matter whether a fire breaks out in an existing building or in a newly completed one.” Irmgard Eder, MA 37, Baupolizei, KSB

The exhibition ‘Form follows Rule’ brings to the fore the rulebooks without which nothing would be possible in the architecture sector. Acts, ordinances, guidelines and standards have become key participating factors in the design of the built environment. Clearly visible and concrete, critical and in some instances also inadvertently comical, the survey reveals the otherwise invisible backgrounds to architecture and urban development.

Case studies, explanations of terminology, historical examples and comparisons with other countries show that similar challenges can be addressed with very different regulations. Do German children shout louder than Austrian kids, or are the legs shorter somewhere else? 1:1 installations render these differences physically tangible and suggest the question: What do a country’s regulatory bodies say about its society?

Interviews with architects, project developers, technical experts and building authority representatives convey the complexity of and contradictions in the current situation, and explore the interpretational leeway that also features 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"
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2 Personen gehen die Treppe hinunter
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
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"
Image: eSeL
Mehrere Personen vor Ordnerwänden und Ziegelwand
Ausstellungseröffnung "Form folgt Paragraph"
Image: eSeL
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"
Image: eSeL
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
Three smart women
Curators’ guided tour to accompany 'Form follows Rule'
Image: eSel.at
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 exhibition shows that the line between the desire for more freedom and the need for safety and reliability is a fine one. So the Vienna Building Code of 1930 shifted the focus onto citizen protection and the function of caring for the weakest in society. But what happens when fences get higher and doors heavier, and personal responsibility is replaced by warning signs? Taking the field of architecture as a starting point, the exhibition aims to provoke a broad public debate, as the profusion of official dos and don’ts is the expression of a development that we all bear the responsibility for.

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

 

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