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The clustered village reloaded

Guiding principle of this concept is the clustered village, i.e. a settlement built around a village green. Its analysis opens the way for a re-interpretation of its structures in an urban space. The medieval clustered village in its original form with its emphasis on the economic aspects of community serves as the project’s starting point. There, the inhabitants lived in association. The houses were farms designed for the whole extended family and the joint running of affairs. The village green was common land belonging to the village community as a whole. Living together as good neighbours was the most important aspect of this concept. One of the project’s fundamental design criteria relates to the notion of the concretely, to the idea of self-governed negotiation areas. 

Interspaces – negotiable space
Right of administration: estate neighbourhoods
Right of use: estate neighbourhoods.

This open space wants to act as a distribution space pro- moting good neighbourly relations. Different routes and paths through the yard and to the staircases will converge here, where multi-functional social spaces will be available for the inhabitants. Concretely, this could take the form of jointly cultivated raised flowerbeds or of terrace and sun- bathing areas. 

Community space – for the settlement – negotiable space Right of administration: estate inhabitants
Right of use: public within certain limits: Playgrounds, lawns and open-air catering areas are freely accessible for the public; community kitchen gardens and orchards are reserved for the estate neighbours. 

The Community space is projected as a meeting place within the neighbourhood and a space for the production of de- sires. The inhabitants’ gathered needs will form the basis of the area’s concrete design. Even after this initial phase, neighbourhood initiatives will be involved in the planning e.g. of spaces for joint events like street, city or neighbourhood festivals or regular meetings and cultural events. Addition- ally, there will be jointly created playing, resting and gather- ing spaces and usable areas like fruit-tree alleys, playing grounds, football lawns and resting places. 

Right of use: public
Jungle means “letting nature be” without planning and with- out controlling interventions, simply leaving it to its own de- vices. Nature is by no means static or conventional, nature provokes the process. This area wants to open up space and time for changes. Here is the place where nature may develop freely, resulting in a higher qualitiy of live for all involved. Enchanted corners, wild flowers and different grasses, foxholes and beehives. 

The “generator site” - commons generator 

In the southern part of the strategic site lies an undefined zone with a very interesting potential. Its genius loci is characterized by transition and unfin- ishedness. Here, the carpet of single-family houses reaches its end. Grav- el and piles of railway ballast, meagre vegetation. Wasteland, cell phone tower. It is easily reached by car from the street and can even be used as a large-scale parking area. When crossing the site in eastward direction, one reaches the dam and trees und catches a glimpse of the river Traisen. This is the place where everything will begin. The already existing pas- sageway will be cleared, thus overcoming (or rather “undercoming”) the barrier of the railway line. The neighbours from the West will now be able 

to cross the openly accessible Glanzstoff area by foot or by bike, directly reaching our generator site. There will be extensive media coverage of the tunnel’s opening. Accompanied by actionist theatre performances in the Glanzstoff area, the stream of visitors will be lead through the tunnel where “Sleeping Beauty” will be awaiting its awakening. The sleeping beauty is none less than the promising land waiting for its visitors. This land will be taken – taken by its new and future inhabitants. Soon, the “New World” will show its face here. A built environment reflecting the desires and needs of its inhabitants, making their bold dreams of a communitarian life come true in built reality.