In times of change, the question arises how positive transformation can be supported and shaped. The forces influencing transformation are not concepts or specific projects and ambitions, but changing values, a changed attitude that we take towards the world and ourselves. They form the basis of our motivations and actions and can thus bring about transformation – a fundamental change brought about from within.

The studio regards our present time of profound change as a potential to sharpen an attitude with which to navigate this multidimensional field of possibilities of coexisting old and new systems of order, and to use it consciously to search for alternative ways of perception and production of order.

As part of the Institute of Experimental Architecture, Building Design and Construction, we position ourselves at the sensitive point where experimental ideas are trans­lated into concrete architectural concepts, spaces, construction, and materiality.

Attitude in this context does not mean rigid concepts or linear methods with which to develop architecture, but rather a set of values to navigate and argue an open-ended process that includes a multitude of tools at hand, and in which intuition and individ­ual form intention are decisive forces. The use of state-of-the-art technology and its possibilities for architectural production is a critical part of our position.

We are witnessing a growing trend towards automation and collectivism in all areas of our lives, yet we are also increasingly occupied with topics like social intelli­gence, consciousness, universal knowledge, and individuation.

We do not believe that solutions can lie solely in one or the other area of thought, but rather in their synthesis, in the coexistence of the material and the immaterial, the analog and the digital, the poetic and the rational, the intuitive and the factual, the elemental and the innovative, the ethical and aesthetical. 

In these we look for alternative ways of perception, new dimensions of order that change our relationship to the world as well as to ourselves.

Karolin Schmidbaur