TIROL CITY (Innsbruck, Austria)
Mittelgebirge, the Inntal and the scenery of the Nordkette
European cities aren’t autonomous nucleuses surrounded by landscape used for agriculture anymore. Cities are multifaceted connected on various levels and create networks by combining landscaped areas. If we, as urban designer, will manage to understand these structures, we should be able to implement the future development of these city systems in our designs. This semester we will focus on the urban network around Innsbruck: Tirol CITY.
Igls is a small village in Tyrol (Austria). It lies on a plateau on a higher sea level as the city of Innsbruck. From the political point of view it is part of the city.
Two times (in 1964 and in 1976) the Olympic winter games where based in Innsbruck. At that time Igls (or more precise the Patscherkofel, mountain behind the village) was one of the places where some of the sports events where placed. In Igls you still can find some of the touristic infrastructure and if you want to go skiing, it’s still nice to do. But since a few years you really feel that the touristic perspective in Igls and the Mittelgebirge is not a very good one. The infrastructure is a bit old and there are more “hip” places to go.
On the other hand, the Mittelgebirge itself is one of the nicest and one of the more expensive places to live in and around Innsbruck. In the weekends many people from the city of Innsbruck (living down in the center) get up there for hiking, horse riding, jogging, skiing and so on.
The topic for this course is about working on the future of the region. At the moment it is exactly the right time for that, because there are a lot of people from Igls and the rest of the Mittelgebirge thinking about how to go on with this region… Till now there is not a clear vision yet. One of the topics that is discussed is housing: Innsbruck has to expand because it is a growing city.
Make an urban design of a housing area on a given location in Igls, that fits in your vision on the further development of the Mittelgebirge region. Start with analyzing the spatial characteristics of the region.
The first design week is on the project site in the Mittelgebirge. We analyse the Inn Valley as wel as the specific location in Igls. We will work at the department of architecture at the University of Innsbruck and we will get input from W. Andexlinger to understand the Tirol City concept and to develop a vision for Igls. In the second design week we will use the landscape as backstage, as a décor. Therefore we will visit the Noordoostporlder and you were asked to make a conceptdesign for a similar program (new village) in totally different circumstances (the polder).
Saxion University of Applied Sciences, department of urban design
University of Innsbruck department of architecture - Studio 1
Dr. Wolfgang Andexlinger, architect
Prof. Dr. Arnold Klotz, director urban design of Vienna and Innsbruck (retired)
Klaus Defner, community of Innsbruck
Stephan Tischler, Institute for Infrastructure Engineering University Innsbruck
Innsbruck foto by Jelle van Kampen
Define a vision (concept) on the development of the given area.
Develop design instruments to design your housing area in relation with the network city/ landscape/ context of the area. (site plan 1:2000, sections, perspectives, scenario’s)
Design your housing area.
site plan 1:500, ground floor plans 1:200, sections 1:200, perspectives, model 1:500 or 1:1000
Inn valley and Mittelgebirge / analysis by Björn Mensink
Concept schedule spring term (March –June) Holydays: Eastern, Pentecost, Kings day 3x 1 week
March April May June
week 1 introduction research design design
week 2 analysis design design design
week 3 design week 1 design design presentation
week 4 concept design week 2 design assessment
2015 spring term
40 hours per week
In this Urban Nomads program you will develop 6 professional competencies: Concept, Urban Design, Analysis, Urban Research, Urban Strategy, Being aware of surroundings.
During 1 semester you will work continuously and integrally on these competencies. You work individual and you will get weekly feedback in classes on your products. This project includes 2 design weeks and a final presentation.
Feedback on products:
Once a week you get individual feedback on the design products in the studio of Urban Nomads (location, day and time have to be announced)
At the end of the course you will present your project to professionals.
After the final presentation your portfolio will be accessed by certificated assessors on the 6 competencies. You will receive a certificate