• Theresa Häfele diploma, 2006
    awarded with Pfann-Ohmann prize

    In January 1997, on the initiative of the Künstlerhaus, the joint project “Kunstplatz Karlsplatz” was launched, whose specific objective was the coordination of and cooperation among the entire spectrum of cultural institutions situated around the Karlsplatz. A unifying framework within the given spatial parameters is not a solution – as has been proven by the rejection of several such project designs. The Karlsplatz has never been a "square" in the classic sense (from the perception of a river bank landscape up to the subterranean channeling of the Vienna River). It has no clearly defined borders, the surface area is transected by streets and extends diffusely far out past the Ressel Park. Trying to define the "Karlsplatz" as a specific locality is so difficult that it is almost impossible to identify it as a meeting place. As is frequently the case, decades of failed municipal planning has – due to the complexity of the matter – created its own interesting internal logic. A logic which involves the separation of what is above from what is below, a dissociation of surface and underground worlds.

    SUBTERRITORY
    Thousands of people pass through the underground pedestrian passageway every day. Tunnels and conduits extend almost 40 metres down underground. The four-level subterranean Karlsplatz parking garage lies buried beneath the area in front of the Karlskirche. The emergency exits are nestled almost imperceptibly up next to the oval water basin, in a kind of Baroque symmetry. An Italian café in the passageway also serves as an entrance to a nightclub. There are DJ's putting on their music in the Künstlerhauspassage. Not far away from all this the Musikverein has expanded its premises underground. The Opernpassage houses  the “Operntoilette”, complete with waltz music in the background.

    KUNSTPLATZ KARLSPLATZ VERSUS MUSEUMSQUARTIER (MQ) 
    The MuseumsQuartier, an international showcase of various museum facilities, defies comparison with the complexities of the Karlsplatz. The MuseumsQuartier has been called a "claustrophobic concept", primarily because of the clearly assigned interior spaces defined by the Baroque premises of the former Court Stables. The external walls furnish the location with its own identity.  Everything inside is MuseumsQuartier. Which does not mean that everything inside has something to do with art. The administration headquarters are located at the Museumsquartier Errichtungs- und Betriebs-GmbH which, as a kind of all-encompassing umbrella organisation, dominates and presides over a group of renowned cultural institutions. Less well-established younger artists are given additional support by the organisation quartier 21The Karlsplatz , with all its complexities, does not lend itself to a one-size-fits-all planning scheme in the traditional sense. The Wien Museum, which functions as an exhibition venue for art, architecture and design within the context of Viennese history, is ideally located on the Karlsplatz - at the pulsating centre of modern Viennese history. Despite its relocation to the MuseumsQuartier, the Kunsthalle has, with its ProjectSpace, maintained a vestigial presence at the Karlsplatz. In addition to the Technical University, the Musikverein, Secession and the Künstlerhaus have become renowned institutions in the course of time, although in essence they were originally associations founded by groups of autonomous artists in the spirit of the beginning 19th century. Their interests are, or were, of an ideological nature – in the broadest sense a “community”.

    NETWORK/COMMUNITY
    Networks are organised according to the graphs theory, a branch of mathematics which represents the properties of graphs and their internal relationships using nodes, or crosspoints. In the field of sociology, network analysis deals with the types of correlations existing between individual persons or corporate bodies – the intensity and the number of these relationships. Depending on the way it is patterned, a network can be construed as hierarchic, dynamic, consolidated, autonomous, determinate, etc. Social networks in general provide a basis for communication and the exchange of information.

    "Community" has acquired a new meaning due to its use on the internet: There we find forums, chatrooms, newsboards, social sharing networks, matchmaking sites, etc. These are all concerned with the exchange of information within specific topic areas. A topic area reflects the main interests of the Community, its name as well as its identity. This configuration is based on the infrastructure of the internet itself. The totality of these interconnections – the internet – provides a structure which enables users to communicate via all nodes and all channels. The internet nodes are the interfaces between computer networks. The computers are networked and each of them is connected to a smaller network of computers, and in turn these are connected to even smaller regional networks, etc.

    In the Community Karlsplatz such types of networks are to be implemented in a spatial sense. The network nodes consist of eleven platforms which provide the Communities with a sense of identity. Any person can become part of the Community. Anyone can determine the subject matter, everyone has the opportunity to participate creatively and to communicate. To draw an analogy to the virtual community platform MySpace: The user himself  becomes the active "player". He maps out his area and invites others to pay him a visit there. These guests introduce their friends, to whom he can also pay a visit. The artist is the user and his "friends" become part of the creative network. There is no single creative "pool", but rather several of them. These are networked among one another. They are also "friends" and are responsible for organising collaborative projects and activities. At each platform there are Community members who also contribute their own networks. Every user can also become an active "player" and thus an integral part of the Community Karlsplatz.

  • Theresa Häfele diploma, 2006
    awarded with Pfann-Ohmann prize

    In January 1997, on the initiative of the Künstlerhaus, the joint project “Kunstplatz Karlsplatz” was launched, whose specific objective was the coordination of and cooperation among the entire spectrum of cultural institutions situated around the Karlsplatz. A unifying framework within the given spatial parameters is not a solution – as has been proven by the rejection of several such project designs. The Karlsplatz has never been a "square" in the classic sense (from the perception of a river bank landscape up to the subterranean channeling of the Vienna River). It has no clearly defined borders, the surface area is transected by streets and extends diffusely far out past the Ressel Park. Trying to define the "Karlsplatz" as a specific locality is so difficult that it is almost impossible to identify it as a meeting place. As is frequently the case, decades of failed municipal planning has – due to the complexity of the matter – created its own interesting internal logic. A logic which involves the separation of what is above from what is below, a dissociation of surface and underground worlds.

    SUBTERRITORY
    Thousands of people pass through the underground pedestrian passageway every day. Tunnels and conduits extend almost 40 metres down underground. The four-level subterranean Karlsplatz parking garage lies buried beneath the area in front of the Karlskirche. The emergency exits are nestled almost imperceptibly up next to the oval water basin, in a kind of Baroque symmetry. An Italian café in the passageway also serves as an entrance to a nightclub. There are DJ's putting on their music in the Künstlerhauspassage. Not far away from all this the Musikverein has expanded its premises underground. The Opernpassage houses  the “Operntoilette”, complete with waltz music in the background.

    KUNSTPLATZ KARLSPLATZ VERSUS MUSEUMSQUARTIER (MQ) 
    The MuseumsQuartier, an international showcase of various museum facilities, defies comparison with the complexities of the Karlsplatz. The MuseumsQuartier has been called a "claustrophobic concept", primarily because of the clearly assigned interior spaces defined by the Baroque premises of the former Court Stables. The external walls furnish the location with its own identity.  Everything inside is MuseumsQuartier. Which does not mean that everything inside has something to do with art. The administration headquarters are located at the Museumsquartier Errichtungs- und Betriebs-GmbH which, as a kind of all-encompassing umbrella organisation, dominates and presides over a group of renowned cultural institutions. Less well-established younger artists are given additional support by the organisation quartier 21The Karlsplatz , with all its complexities, does not lend itself to a one-size-fits-all planning scheme in the traditional sense. The Wien Museum, which functions as an exhibition venue for art, architecture and design within the context of Viennese history, is ideally located on the Karlsplatz - at the pulsating centre of modern Viennese history. Despite its relocation to the MuseumsQuartier, the Kunsthalle has, with its ProjectSpace, maintained a vestigial presence at the Karlsplatz. In addition to the Technical University, the Musikverein, Secession and the Künstlerhaus have become renowned institutions in the course of time, although in essence they were originally associations founded by groups of autonomous artists in the spirit of the beginning 19th century. Their interests are, or were, of an ideological nature – in the broadest sense a “community”.

    NETWORK/COMMUNITY
    Networks are organised according to the graphs theory, a branch of mathematics which represents the properties of graphs and their internal relationships using nodes, or crosspoints. In the field of sociology, network analysis deals with the types of correlations existing between individual persons or corporate bodies – the intensity and the number of these relationships. Depending on the way it is patterned, a network can be construed as hierarchic, dynamic, consolidated, autonomous, determinate, etc. Social networks in general provide a basis for communication and the exchange of information.

    "Community" has acquired a new meaning due to its use on the internet: There we find forums, chatrooms, newsboards, social sharing networks, matchmaking sites, etc. These are all concerned with the exchange of information within specific topic areas. A topic area reflects the main interests of the Community, its name as well as its identity. This configuration is based on the infrastructure of the internet itself. The totality of these interconnections – the internet – provides a structure which enables users to communicate via all nodes and all channels. The internet nodes are the interfaces between computer networks. The computers are networked and each of them is connected to a smaller network of computers, and in turn these are connected to even smaller regional networks, etc.

    In the Community Karlsplatz such types of networks are to be implemented in a spatial sense. The network nodes consist of eleven platforms which provide the Communities with a sense of identity. Any person can become part of the Community. Anyone can determine the subject matter, everyone has the opportunity to participate creatively and to communicate. To draw an analogy to the virtual community platform MySpace: The user himself  becomes the active "player". He maps out his area and invites others to pay him a visit there. These guests introduce their friends, to whom he can also pay a visit. The artist is the user and his "friends" become part of the creative network. There is no single creative "pool", but rather several of them. These are networked among one another. They are also "friends" and are responsible for organising collaborative projects and activities. At each platform there are Community members who also contribute their own networks. Every user can also become an active "player" and thus an integral part of the Community Karlsplatz.

CKP    Diplomarbeit - Community Kunstplatz Karlsplatz

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Theresa Häfele diploma, 2006
awarded with Pfann-Ohmann prize

In January 1997, on the initiative of the Künstlerhaus, the joint project “Kunstplatz Karlsplatz” was launched, whose specific objective was the coordination of and cooperation among the entire spectrum of cultural institutions situated around the Karlsplatz. A unifying framework within the given spatial parameters is not a solution – as has been proven by the rejection of several such project designs. The Karlsplatz has never been a "square" in the classic sense (from the perception of a river bank landscape up to the subterranean channeling of the Vienna River). It has no clearly defined borders, the surface area is transected by streets and extends diffusely far out past the Ressel Park. Trying to define the "Karlsplatz" as a specific locality is so difficult that it is almost impossible to identify it as a meeting place. As is frequently the case, decades of failed municipal planning has – due to the complexity of the matter – created its own interesting internal logic. A logic which involves the separation of what is above from what is below, a dissociation of surface and underground worlds.

SUBTERRITORY
Thousands of people pass through the underground pedestrian passageway every day. Tunnels and conduits extend almost 40 metres down underground. The four-level subterranean Karlsplatz parking garage lies buried beneath the area in front of the Karlskirche. The emergency exits are nestled almost imperceptibly up next to the oval water basin, in a kind of Baroque symmetry. An Italian café in the passageway also serves as an entrance to a nightclub. There are DJ's putting on their music in the Künstlerhauspassage. Not far away from all this the Musikverein has expanded its premises underground. The Opernpassage houses  the “Operntoilette”, complete with waltz music in the background.

KUNSTPLATZ KARLSPLATZ VERSUS MUSEUMSQUARTIER (MQ) 
The MuseumsQuartier, an international showcase of various museum facilities, defies comparison with the complexities of the Karlsplatz. The MuseumsQuartier has been called a "claustrophobic concept", primarily because of the clearly assigned interior spaces defined by the Baroque premises of the former Court Stables. The external walls furnish the location with its own identity.  Everything inside is MuseumsQuartier. Which does not mean that everything inside has something to do with art. The administration headquarters are located at the Museumsquartier Errichtungs- und Betriebs-GmbH which, as a kind of all-encompassing umbrella organisation, dominates and presides over a group of renowned cultural institutions. Less well-established younger artists are given additional support by the organisation quartier 21The Karlsplatz , with all its complexities, does not lend itself to a one-size-fits-all planning scheme in the traditional sense. The Wien Museum, which functions as an exhibition venue for art, architecture and design within the context of Viennese history, is ideally located on the Karlsplatz - at the pulsating centre of modern Viennese history. Despite its relocation to the MuseumsQuartier, the Kunsthalle has, with its ProjectSpace, maintained a vestigial presence at the Karlsplatz. In addition to the Technical University, the Musikverein, Secession and the Künstlerhaus have become renowned institutions in the course of time, although in essence they were originally associations founded by groups of autonomous artists in the spirit of the beginning 19th century. Their interests are, or were, of an ideological nature – in the broadest sense a “community”.

NETWORK/COMMUNITY
Networks are organised according to the graphs theory, a branch of mathematics which represents the properties of graphs and their internal relationships using nodes, or crosspoints. In the field of sociology, network analysis deals with the types of correlations existing between individual persons or corporate bodies – the intensity and the number of these relationships. Depending on the way it is patterned, a network can be construed as hierarchic, dynamic, consolidated, autonomous, determinate, etc. Social networks in general provide a basis for communication and the exchange of information.

"Community" has acquired a new meaning due to its use on the internet: There we find forums, chatrooms, newsboards, social sharing networks, matchmaking sites, etc. These are all concerned with the exchange of information within specific topic areas. A topic area reflects the main interests of the Community, its name as well as its identity. This configuration is based on the infrastructure of the internet itself. The totality of these interconnections – the internet – provides a structure which enables users to communicate via all nodes and all channels. The internet nodes are the interfaces between computer networks. The computers are networked and each of them is connected to a smaller network of computers, and in turn these are connected to even smaller regional networks, etc.

In the Community Karlsplatz such types of networks are to be implemented in a spatial sense. The network nodes consist of eleven platforms which provide the Communities with a sense of identity. Any person can become part of the Community. Anyone can determine the subject matter, everyone has the opportunity to participate creatively and to communicate. To draw an analogy to the virtual community platform MySpace: The user himself  becomes the active "player". He maps out his area and invites others to pay him a visit there. These guests introduce their friends, to whom he can also pay a visit. The artist is the user and his "friends" become part of the creative network. There is no single creative "pool", but rather several of them. These are networked among one another. They are also "friends" and are responsible for organising collaborative projects and activities. At each platform there are Community members who also contribute their own networks. Every user can also become an active "player" and thus an integral part of the Community Karlsplatz.