VPZ GmbH works closely with researchers, designers and customers to develop alternatives to conventional packaging. The company seeks to combine economic thinking with ecological action. Agri-cultural and industrial waste from food production and the wood and paper industries are used for biopolymers. The films, coatings, moulded parts and containers are made and processed with the same machines that produce conventional plastics. For several years now they have been conducting research into algae as the basis for an environmentally friendly foam. In the PACKNATUR® business sector the company achieved a market breakthrough with cellulose netting tubes made from LENZING™ Modal COLOR fibre. These tubes are 100 % bio-based and compostable.
Deconstructed furniture, objects for reading, working and talking, 2021, 2021
Erika Thümmel and the Caritas workshops
This deconstructed furniture was designed by artist, restorer and exhibition designer Erika Thümmel. Positioned in the exhibition and discourse area of Space04, the furniture encourages visitors to pause for a moment.
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.
Drei Ähren (Three ears of grain), circa 1985
Ein Brief an den Weizen (A letter to the wheat), circa 1990
While many crop varieties have been created over the centuries by constant selection and crossing, so improving the world’s food security, the number of species and varieties in use has been dramat-ically reduced in the course of just a few decades.
100 Spectres, 2018–2020 (selection from a 110-piece series)
With the help of the Limnological Institute in Konstanz, Sarah Bildstein analysed water samples from all over the world.
Mitigation of Shock, 2017–2019
(Project team: Jon Ardern, Anab Jain, Maël Héna", Mikhaela Dietch, Jon Flint, Vytautas Jankauskas, Jake Charles Rees, Alix McCabe, Danielle Knight, Nicola Ferrao, Matthew Edgson)
Animals hunted in the city are cooked, self-made window barricades and long-serving radios protect against threatening weather and marauding urban hunters.
Annette Hillebrandt, Petra Riegler-Floors, Anja Rosen, Johanna-Katharina Seggewiss: Atlas Recycling. Gebäude als Materialressource, München 2018
Kaufhaus der Zukunft, from 2019
Das Deka-/Gramm (Graz), Kaufhaus Hubmann (Stainz and Eibiswald), Kaufhaus Loder (Kumberg), Kaufhaus Reisinger (Passail)
Behind the ‘store of the future’ is a collaboration between four regional local suppliers: three long-established traders from the area around Graz and a start-up founder from the city of Graz.
Cross laminated timber, from 1989
lignum – Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology/Graz University of Technology, holz.bau forschungs gmbh
Across the world, more and more buildings are being constructed in wood. In the cities too, and even high-rise structures. The fact that tall wooden buildings such as the 24-storey Hoho in Vienna are possible is largely due to research at Graz University of Technology, where the groundwork for the development of cross laminated timber was laid in 1989.