Public engagement: Performative Potential of Architecture

 

Haus Rucker Co., a Viennese group founded in 1967 by Laurids Ortner, Günther Zamp Kelp and Klaus Pinter, later joined by Manfred Ortner.

They explored the performpotential of architecture through installations and happenings, using pneumatic structures to involve public with architecture, challenging the convention perception of space. In normal situation, the visitors were just passive participants of architecture, but their idea is that their architectural installations will involve participants, who will influence their own environment. Their installations were fun and also act as a form of critique, exploring the possibility for design that mediate environment and people.

 

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Haus-Rucker-Co, Ballon für Zwei, Apollogasse, Wien, 1967. Image © Haus-Rucker-Co, Gerald Zugmann

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Haus-Rucker-Co, Connexion Skin, 1967/68. Image © Haus-Rucker-Co, Gert Winkler
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Haus-Rucker-Co, Environment Transformers Vienna, 1968. Image © Haus-Rucker-Co, Gerald Zugmann

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Installation view, Haus am Waldsee, 2014. Image © Roman März

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Reference

Haus-Rucker-Co: Architectural Utopia Reloaded: http://www.archdaily.com/582842/haus-rucker-co-architectural-utopia-reloaded

Spatial Agency : http://www.spatialagency.net/database/haus-rucker-co

Rodrigo Alonso, ‘Expanded space’, Art and Technology,http://www.roalonso.net/en/arte_y_tec/espacio_expandido.php [accessed 14 July 2010].

Marc Dessauce (ed.), The Inflatable Moment: Pneumatics and Protest in ’68 (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999).

Thomas Edelmann, ‘A Capsule is not Enough’, Stylepark,http://www.stylepark.com/en/news/a-capsule-is-not-enough/307575 [accessed 14 July 2010].

Chris Salter and Peter Sellars, ‘Performative Architectures’, in Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010).

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Public engagement: Performative Potential of Architecture

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