The Grottenhof Agricultural College in Graz will be extended to include an organic centre from 2022/23. The planned renovation and new building in the heart of the grounds will be an architectural expression of the college’s aims and ethos – a public place of encounter and cooperation where, in the future, regional organic farming is learned in yet greater depth, marketed directly, made visible and further developed through research and cooperation with businesses. A new farm shop with a café at the central market place, a farm offering demonstrations and a fun experience, a research centre and an innovation centre for organic agriculture form the five cornerstones of the new centre together with the school. The project partners see it as a public asset that will evolve for the benefit of the general public – a textbook example of commoning. Like a grain of wheat, much is stored in its blueprint ready for the future. The Grottenhof, shows what can happen if we all join forces – and everyone benefits.
BIO ZENTRUM (organic centre) Grottenhof, under construction
A project of the Agricultural College Grottenhof (Principal Erich Kerngast),
the Province of Styria - Life Department (LR Johann Seitinger),
Agricultural Education Unit (Johannes Hütter), Bio Ernte Steiermark
(Josef Renner), ARGE BIO ZENTRUM Graz Grottenhof (Gabriele Blaschitz & Karin Magometschnigg)
Wir schaffen das! (we can do it!), 2019
Maryam Mohammadi und Joachim Hainzl
This portrait series by Maryam Mohammadi and Joachim Hainzl was produced in collaboration with the women depicted.
nahgenuss web service KG, from 2016
It is a well-known problem that farmers usually do not get a fair price for their products and often do not have the time, money or talent to market them directly.
It is Never Facts that Tell, 2004
Muntean + Rosenblum
The protagonists of this video are young people, melancholic and mournful – full of wistfulness and gloom. Their mental state characterises a condition marked by uncertainty and lacking any security.
Volkschule Mariagrün, Graz, 2011–2014
City of Graz/GBG, Avrchitekturwerk Christoph Kalb and Philipp Berktold Architects with Susanne Bertsch
Photos: Markus Kaiser, Graz
Built in 2014, the Mariagrün primary school is a passive building made mainly of wood and located on a green-field site in Graz. This welcoming, light and airy structure provides a range of options in the space that support the school’s progressive approach to education, providing an environment for eight classes.
Stoffwechsel. Infrastruktur. Lebensraum (Metabolism.Infrastructure. Habitat), 2021
Michael Zinganel + Michael Hieslmair
Cities and the built densities between them are nothing more than fragments of much larger networks of supply and waste disposal. One of these hubs of regional and transnational routes is formed here by a suspended, expansive framework.
Project Heidi – drone delivery by the Austrian post office, from 2016
Video: Eugen Prosquill & Jakob Kattner
Drones are growing in importance for civilian and scientific purposes such as search and rescue missions, land surveys, infrastructure inspection and even mail delivery.
'Als die Autos die Stadt verlassen hatten’ (when the cars had left the city) / Graz – around the Volksgarten park / 2020–2050
Drawing: Christian Brix
Text and narrator: Leo Kühberger
By the year 2050 there will only be a few cars left on the streets of Graz, permanently transforming the cityscape.
The Blue Frog Society – A habitat without territory, 2011
The Blue Frog Society is the fictional vision of a future society. Our habitat is no longer shaped by (spatial) property claims, but by communal, non-material values that arise from an open-ended negotiation process and which are based on a broad understanding of commons.