The imagination of a city assumes that the specific city undergoes for itself a certain abstraction. The single house is an image of an architectonic story that manifests itself differently.
|Location||Strasshof an der Nordbahn|
If the inventors of Strasshof, could have had their way the city on the northern railway line today could be the “biggest and most beautiful city” of Lower Austria, planned on an orthogonal street grid following the US-example – unique for Austria. Multiple postcards served as an example. However, economic and political developments prevented Strasshof from developing into an exemplary “garden and industrial city”.
Eventually, only the 1911 planned street grid remained and became the basis of the building structure we find nowadays in Strasshof.
Today we have to accept that the conception of the city has failed.
Based on the example of the town of Strasshof it’s easy to see how images of ideas and demonstrations of urban development – like in the specific city of Chicago – become explicit and materialize, but ultimately also can fail.
Different types of projection areas suggest possibilities and impossibilities of developments.«
… the horizontal urban grid is projected into the vertical space...a dimensionless possibility...overlays and implantations of imaginations….«
Based on the ideas “CITY green”, “CITY water” and “CITY mountains” we take a further step of a possible implantation. The existent and determining cityscape of a small house structure functions in this case as a grown artificial landscape. It serves as foreground or stage for the projections of possible developments that lay behind. What happened really to the original model Chicago like in “CITY green”.
In “CITY water” existent qualities are discussed, oversubscribed but also promoted - while maybe not always seen.
Or we project similar types of landscapes that are reflected in suggested idylls like in "CITY mountains" but at the same time are transferred into the reality of possibility. Different types of projection areas suggest possibilities and impossibilities of developments.
The project IMAGINATION CITY was developed for the book „Lernen vom Raster – Strasshof an der Nordbahn und seine verborgenen Pläne“. Edited by Judith Eiblmayr.
PART OF THE BOOK
„Lernen vom Raster – Strasshof an der Nordbahn und seine verborgenen Pläne“ von Judith Eiblmayr NWV – Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag – Architektur ISBN 9 783708 309439
WITH ARTICLES FROM.
IMAGES (PHOTOGRAPHY WITHIN THE BOOK)
Transfer printing, screen printing (Larissa Leverenz), collage on paper
168/61.5 cm 2 Editions / German