A new form of relationship between nature, society and the economy will become a deciding factor in our living and economic environment. The Alpine environment increasingly demands that we reinforce this relationship, most importantly in terms of Alpine infrastructures.
The research partnership formed by alpS, LAAC, and partners from the industrial sector has been undertaking this mission and set itself the goal of maintaining both the ecological and economic value of the natural environment, as it is presented for the living and economic environment of Alpine regions.
It is the aim of this applied research to develop suitable combinations of function, and conceive concepts of utilization specially designed for the Alpine area. The development of a sustainable environmental design will be crucial to achieving this objective. It is our focus to treat the complex aspects of the landscape sensitively, aesthetically and ethically.
As regards our energy supplies, we have now reached a crucial turning point. For quite some time, industry across the globe has been showing a strong tendency towards renewable forms of energy to replace fossile engergy sources and nuclear power.
The advantages of renewable energy being widely known, large parts of the population strongly support its promotion. While in non-Alpine areas, it is relatively easy to plan and build such plants, the integration of renewable sources of energy in a sensitive and environmentally-friendly manner following environmental design ideas presents a great challenge in the Alpine zone.
Titlet: Ecology of Fear Tutor: Kathrin Aste Course: Entwerfenstudio Master 2 Institution: University of Innsbruck
Ecology of Fear - Apokalypse Tirol; Design Studio Master 2, University of Innsbruck
Imagine the valley bottom does not exist anymore. The chasm below you is as final as the ridge above you. The rug has been literally pulled out from under us. We design the city in the danger zone. What possibilites do irreclaimable sites, unstable topographies, alpine catastrophies offer.
Thetis' lodge exists as a crack in the rock, a point to relax with views of the Wilder Kaiser. On the southwest of the plateau is a flat rock acting as the 'Copyright of the Landscape' [Natural logo] on the stone slab.
An alpine Hyprid is a multifunctional building. It is the aim of this applied research to develop suitable combinations of function, conceive utilization concepts specially designed for the Alpine area and implement a reference plant.
The basic concept of the design, and what sets it apart from other contemporary cottage projects, is the creation of an ensemble. This creates a sense of scale and proportion appropriate to the site. The building is integrated into the landscape and becomes lost among the surrounding boulders and rocks.
During recent years a number of observation platforms have been created attempting, through different means, to confront the visitor with the beauties of nature. This panorama platform was commissioned by the management of one of the five glacier ski arenas in Austria. Like most of its competitors, the management is intent upon retaining a high level of appeal of its ski region.