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In the Laboratory for Sustainable Architectural Production our
international students produce projects on all scales. We see
sustainable architecture as a spatial challenge, including
cultural, social and economic sustainability. Applications of new
technologies on rather conventional buildings are no solution.
We believe, that even the state of the art is far away from
being good enough for substantial sustainability in architecture
and it needs to investigate and invent new approaches and
solutions. That is what a laboratory is about, thinking outside the
mainstream and known parameters. We focus on the conjunction
between art and science, and we provide the tools for testing and
evaluating the environmental and economic impact of the projects.
Workshops on architectural theory as well as for simulating life
cycles, simulating thermal performance, structural optimization
with new materials, simulating daylight and economic impact etc.
are run by high ranked international specialists.
Soon we can test and optimize the physical models in our brand
new daylight studio and in a modern wind channel, which in
combination with other equipment makes us a real laboratory for
Sustainable Architecture is not about buildings as such. It is
about the living conditions of humans now and in the future. In its
essence, sustainability is about survival, although at the moment
it is the most misused term and not only in the building
Sustainability is about ALL resources, and they are strongly
affected by our building activities: air, water, biodiversity, soil
and land, raw materials, energy sources, human resources.
Architects tend to reduce sustainability to energy efficiency and
to reduce energy efficiency to the consumption of energy used for
making buildings comfortable. When ignoring production processes,
social and economic aspects as well as historical and cultural
contexts, we never build up anything sustainable in architecture
which values more than a hollow marketing label.
The programme is led by professor Walter Unterrainer.