The BIX Light and Media Façade consumes as much energy per year as an average detached house. During the exhibition period, however, it will only light up at night if enough solar energy has been generated during the day. The media artist’s concept envisages that the energy needed to power the Kunsthaus façade will be generated using a photovoltaic system on the roof of the Needle. In this way, nature determines whether and for how long the BIX is illuminated at night. This approach is Sönmez’s reaction to the demands of climate change mitigation and the necessary reductions in how much energy we consume. In a wider sense, the project is a critical statement about how we take night-time lighting in urban spaces for granted. The monitor in the exhibition, which is roughly the size of a photovoltaic panel, and the light façade show how much elec-tricity is generated during the day and for how long it can light up the BIX.
Annette Hillebrandt, Petra Riegler-Floors, Anja Rosen, Johanna-Katharina Seggewiss: Atlas Recycling. Gebäude als Materialressource, München 2018
Humusaufbau-Projekt Kaindorf, Gerald Dunst, seit 2007
Pflanzenkohle, Klaus Schrefler & Thomas Gösweiner, 2021
Klaus Schrefler & Thomas Gösweiner
This project is devoted to researching, communicating and promoting humus formation.
Expedition Re-Frost/Anthroprint, 2020–2021
Two solar cells, car batteries, a heat pump, hose and cable are combined by visual artist, architect, draughtsman and inventor Markus Jeschaunig to build a utopian machine that uses melting energy to turn water back into ice.
Concept wooden ‘Citybus’
Wooden Bus Staircase
These two research projects are laying the groundwork for the use of wood in structural components in vehicle construction.
Cradle to Cradle®-Design
In Cradle to Cradle®, all waste becomes food in an approach that follows nature’s principle. Designed by chemist Michael Braungart and architect William McDonough, this is an eco-effective system in which resources remain in a complete cycle.
3D-printed Reinforced Concrete, 2021
Institute of Structural Design/Graz University of Technology (Georg Hansemann, Robert Schmid, Christoph Holzinger, Joshua Paul Tapley, Stefan Peters, Andreas Trummer)
Lightweight ceilings made with the highly innovative digital process need 35 % less material than conventional in-situ concrete ceilings, which are usually the same thickness at all points.
Dürrenstein-Lassingtal wilderness area, 2021
Austria has a wilderness area that is unique in Central
Europe – the Dürrenstein-Lassingtal wilderness area, home to the
Rothwald primeval forest.
Kühle Wand (cool wall), 2021
Breathe Earth Collective (Karlheinz Boiger, Lisa Maria Enzenhofer, Andreas Goritschnig, Markus Jeschaunig, Bernhard König)
Das transdisziplinär arbeitende Kollektiv entwickelt eine unkonventionelle Kühlung, die klimapositives Denken in die Tat umsetzt. Rund 14° kaltes Wasser aus der Grundwasserzisterne unter dem Kunsthaus wird nach oben gepumpt und läuft durch einen Kühlkörper aus dünnen Kupferrohren.