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June 17, 2012 / 09:00
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Solutions for the future of urban construction

  • The international panel of the best architects presents solutions for living space in a large city
  • The projects show what the cities of the future can look like and what solutions and approaches are already available today

Vienna, June 17, 2022 The Brick Award 22 once again recognized the most creative examples of modern and innovative brick architecture this year. After the presentation of the winning designs, there was a panel discussion with Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger AG, Dietmar Eberle, founder of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten, Tina Gregoric, founder of Dekleva Gregoric Architects and member of the Brick Award jury, and Kalle Jørgensen, architect at Mangor & Nagel Architects, discussing the challenges the cities facing, what the city of the future might look like and what solutions and approaches are already available.

Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger AG: With the Brick Award, we want to present outstanding international architectural projects that will help us find innovative solutions for the cities of the future and the challenges of climate change and the use of limited natural resources. I am glad that as part of our discussion panel, we were once again able to present numerous examples of good practices of sustainable solutions and energy-efficient construction. It was not just about the projects themselves, but above all about the questions that these construction projects can already offer in terms of living space, integration into public spaces, sustainable development and energy efficiency.

Urban densities are inevitable for economic and environmental reasons in order to create more living space in less space. Dietmar Eberle called for more frequent planning of the space between buildings and for designing it as a comfortable public space for people. According to Kalle Jørgensen, it is also necessary that new buildings react and adapt to their context, i.e. architectural character, social environment, public spaces and streets.

More bicycles – less cars
At the same time, Tina Gregoric spoke out in favor of integrated planning for future residential quarters where urban and landscape designs are developed as a comprehensive design task, rather than separating the zoning plan from the architectural design. In many cities, large-scale projects are still not planned and implemented as a general idea, but in many cases they are segmented according to a certain size and adjusted without cross-reference. Kalle Jørgensen pointed out that, for example, the master plan for the city of Copenhagen for 2019 foresees a minimum number of parking spaces, namely only one parking space per 250 m² of living space. This value is deliberately underestimated to promote the use of public transport, carsharing and, above all, the bicycle as a means of daily transport. At the same time, the urban living space is increasing by limiting car traffic in the city and parking cars underground.

Living cities of the future
In terms of which cities it is worth living in in the future, the panel agreed that both efficient infrastructure and attractive space for recreation and relaxation must interpenetrate. It is also important for Dietmar Eberle to consider in advance what different uses a building should fulfill in harmony with its surroundings. Kalle Jørgensen added that ‘livable’ cities mainly consist of places where a diverse community can live and thrive together and where a wide variety of uses overlap.

the challenges of climate change
Many of the awarded projects in 2022 address the challenges of climate change and the use of scarce natural resources. Especially overheated city apartments and city heat islands are a problem for more and more people.

According to Dietmar Eberle, architecture and urban planning can support this, create more shade and at the same time create as much space as possible for large trees in cities. Planting and, above all, the protection of trees provide a natural, economical and energy-saving cooling of the city. Kalle Jørgensen pointed out that in the Scandinavian countries, planning south-facing and west-facing urban spaces that make full use of sunlight and are designed to protect outdoor areas from the wind also helps to extend the outdoor season. But according to Kalle Jørgensen, deciduous trees also play an important role, providing shade in summer and letting sunlight in in winter by shedding their leaves.

Sustainable Architecture
Finally, the group addressed the question of how the energy problems of the city of the future can be solved in a sustainable way. This year’s projects include numerous buildings using local materials to reduce waste and save energy. Other presented projects are based on the concept of securing existing buildings against demolition and securing them through reconstruction and extension. According to Dietmar Eberle, the most important condition here is to realize that you can reduce your own energy requirements or, in other words, use less energy and materials. To reduce your energy consumption, you also need to know what you’re using it for. According to Eberle, a lot of research is still needed to make these approaches more transparent. The construction technology concept 2226 by Baumschlager Eberle Architekten offers a sustainable approach to the future with a long service life as well as year-round and all-day climate stability.

For Kalle Jørgensen, a key approach in the construction industry is to focus more on the internal structure of buildings. This is achieved through leaner construction techniques and resource reuse. This includes reducing the use of materials, especially concrete, and designing buildings without unnecessary materials. At the same time, Tina Gregoric referred to efforts to make the best use of materials from the region to drastically reduce emissions from transport.

All participants agreed with Dietmar Eberle that clay building materials have the unique advantage of being 100% reusable or recyclable and that they are an ideal option for modern architecture in Europe, Asia and America.

More information on this year’s award-winning projects, including press photos of panelists, can be found at www.wienerberger.com/de/presse

Press photo: Panelist Brick Award 22
From left to right: Dietmar Eberle, founder of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten, Tina Gregoric, founder of Dekleva Gregoric Architects and member of the Brick Award jury, Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger AG and Kalle Jørgensen, architect at Mangor & Nagel Architects
Photo: Daniel Hinterramskogler

Wienerberger Group

The Wienerberger Group is a leading international provider of intelligent solutions for the entire building envelope and infrastructure. Wienerberger is the world’s largest producer of bricks (Porotherm, Terca) and the market leader in ceramic tiles (Koramic, Tondach) in Europe and paving stones (Semmelrock) in Eastern Europe. In the field of piping systems (Steinzeug-Keramo stoneware pipes and Pipelife plastic pipes), the company is one of the leading suppliers in Europe. With the acquisition of Meridian Brick, Wienerberger has further expanded its position as the leading supplier of facade products in North America. With 215 production sites across the group, Wienerberger generated sales of around 4.0 billion and adjusted EBITDA of 671 million in 2021.

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Claudia Hajdinyak, head of corporate communications at Wienerberger AG
t +43 664 828 31 83 | claudia.hajdinyak@wienerberger.com

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