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Diskursiv No. 

23 Sep – 02 Oct 2021
Forum Stadtpark, Graz

“Models” is intended as a call to slow down the design process of architecture. Contemporary architecture relies less on model making and more on rendering with computer programs. Does this circumstance lead to architecture loosing its sensitivity and sensuality? The architect’s creative process should be to design with the help of their own hands, rather than with a controller. Otherwise, a certain creative design process, which involves the use of craftsmanship techniques and the physical examination of materials, will vanish. A detachment from error-free 3D renderings should be regarded as an opportunity to expand one‘s own imagination, which in turn can open up space for new ideas. In this sense, physical modeling offers advantages that may not be immediately apparent, but subsequently make it indispensable for a sustainable architectural practice.

Addressing this topic the exhibition will feature works by Leonhard Panzenböck, Ellena Ehrl & Tibor Bielicky, Jasmin Monschein & Marry-Ann Lackner as well as 85 contributions from international architecture offices. In addition a symposium, which will take place at the 30th September, will provide deeper insights to the topic. The edition will culminate in a publication, print and online, which will be released in autumn 2022.


85 international architecture offices were asked to submit a photograph of their model-making situation and to name their favorite material, scale, tool and model. The gathered material will be presented in the form of a video installation. It shows how architecture professionals use the model as a design tool in their everyday life. In addition, individual model building situations can be seen distributed in large format throughout the room.

By taking apart everyday objects, Jasmin Monschein and Marry-Ann Lackner have found a rich fund of architectural elements. Their work shows the possibilities designers have when they carefully observe what surrounds us. Through the external figure, they have identified prin- ciples that have helped them in the further design steps to create an expression for the interior spaces.

In Leonhard Panzenböck's work, which depicts the central hall of a villa with a horticultural intervention, he puts the question of the 1:1 model up for discussion. The work “Garten am Brand" deals with the representation of models. The natural, untouched by man, and the artificial, man-made. It is about a simultaneity of model and garden.

The video installation by Ellena Ehrl and Tibor Bielicky shows a juxtaposition of the Atlantis building by Arquitectonica in the model built by artist Alex Schöpfel, mixed with real footage from Miami and images from iconic series that reflect the mood at the time the building was constructed. It is an overlay of different media that generates a mixture of image, mood and myth.

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Entrance – overview of participants


30 September 2021

Evelyn Temmel, Bernd Grimm, Anna Staudt, Wolfgang List and Angelika Hinterbrander.
Alex Lehnerer, Vlad Ionescu, Benjamin Groothuijse, Ellena Ehrl, Tibor Bielicky and Malgorzata Maria Olchowska.


Diskursiv No.1, Models
November 2022
12 × 18,5 cm, 240 pp., 112 color and 75 b/w ill.
softcover with flaps
ISBN 978-3-200-08550-3

Edition of 500, Status: available
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24 € plus shipping costs


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A forum series that temporarily exposes current and practical architectural fields of tension and then permanently preserves them. This takes place in an analogue environment by means of exhibitions and publications. The focus is on the internal problem areas of architecture, which are to be dealt with in an interdisciplinary framework. Their subsequent presentation is to serve as a starting point for solutions and methodically open up further fields of discussion.

Adna Babahmetović
Ajna Babahmetović
Julian Brües
Michael Hafner
Katharina Hohenwarter
Philipp Sternath

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