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Hintergrund 24


The texts in this backgrounder circle the kiosk in various ways - beginning with a historical outline of the history of the kiosk, from the Egyptians to the transformation into the commercialized sales stall of modern times by sociologist Elisabeth Naumann and a study by urban researcher Jon von Wetzlar (Urban Anarchists, Berlin) on the culture of the snack bar and its function in the city.


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The kiosk often has a dubious reputation: mobile and small, usually placed on the outskirts of the city as a makeshift with a makeshift infrastructure, often installed illegally at night and in the fog, assembled from prefabricated parts according to the financial and tasteful possibilities of the owner and expanded over the years, the small building is sometimes the nightmare of urban designers par excellence. Good architectural solutions are rarely found.

The relatively wildly mixed literary section, consisting of poems, stories, novel excerpts, and cartoons by a wide variety of authors (and, unfortunately, only one author! ) is the result of a foray through Isabella Marte’s bookshelf, expanded by the results of a google search by Andreas Egger and a Donald Duck booklet from Johannes Porsch’s trove, and shows a little insight into the moods and milieus around the snack stand, the newspaper kiosk (excellently suited as a hiding place, for example!), the board shack at the roadside.

The actual reason for this thematic issue was the project of the ticket sales company ÖsterreichTicket to open up a new creative and communicative field with the kiosk and to give young architects the opportunity to implement their ideas. Last December, in cooperation with the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W), an Austria-wide design competition was announced, the first structural result of which by GRMW Architektur can now be temporarily viewed and used in the courtyard of the Az W, and subsequently in various city centers in Austria and the neighboring countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary.

The task was to design a multifunctional, easily transportable piece of street furniture, which can be used as an information, communication and sales platform, and which sets an aesthetic and high quality counterpoint to the usual atrocities in the urban space.