Rare Special Editions available for ACC Art Books –  More Information

Horizontal stepped lines on pink cover of 'Wiener Hitze, Architecture and Storytelling in Times of Heat', by Park Books.

Wiener Hitze

Architecture and Storytelling in Times of Heat

By (author) Christina Condak
Edited by Michelle Howard
Edited by Christina Jauernik
Edited by Linda Lackner
Edited by Lisa Schmidt-Colinet
Edited by Angelika Schnell
Edited by Eva Sommeregger


Log in to add this to your wishlist.
  • An illustrated read on experimental approaches in architecture and urban design to enable good urban coexistence in a rapidly warming climate
  • Offers essays and playful concepts to address pressing urban design issues in times of acute climate change
  • Brings into focus also cultural and social aspects of climate change
  • Features new and previously unpublished texts and rich visual material
Full Description

For centuries, dealing with cold has been the dominant climatic factor for architectural design in Central Europe. The climate change apparent now assigns this role to heat. Architecture and urban design strives for efficient, resource-saving technical solutions to meet the changing climatic conditions and the energy standards they demand without really questioning customary notions of comfort, forms of living, and urban coexistence. Yet architects must increasingly search for experimental approaches and new ways in which we can live together well in a rapidly warming climate, in particular in cities and metropolitan regions.

Despite a supposed powerlessness in the face of the impending climate catastrophe, the contributions collected in this volume offer a diverse range of narratives that tell of experiences, observations, and the needs of people that inhabit hotter worlds, both real and imagined. What role as climate producers can architecture and the city play in shaping our habitat if these important issues are understood not only in purely technological but also in cultural and social terms?

Text in English and German.

About the Author

Christina Condak is a partner with Vienna-based architecture firm NURARCHITEKTUR and a professor of design at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Michelle Howard is director of Berlin-based design firm construct concept and a professor of architecture at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Christina Jauernik is an architect, artistic researcher, and dancer working as a senior scientist at the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Linda Lackner is an architect and theorist who explores in her research questions of visibility, inclusion and exclusion, and the manifestation of ideologies and past policies through architecture and urban design. Lisa Schmidt-Colinet is a senior scientist and deputy head of the Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is also a cofounder of Vienna-based design firm schmidt-colinet · schmoeger. Angelika Schnell is a professor of theory and history of architecture and of design at the Platform History Theory Criticism (HTC), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Eva Sommeregger is a cofounder of design studio eyeTry architecture and a senior researcher at the Art Academy of Latvia’s (LMDA) Institute of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture in Riga.

Park Books
16th Jun 2023
Paperback / softback
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
230 mm x 155 mm
320 Pages
200 color
Recently Viewed

Please log-in or create an account to see your recent items.