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COOP HIMMELB(L)AU: Dynamic Raumplan

Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 7pm
On view January 23—March 8, 2015 at SCI-Arc Gallery

Markus Pillhofer │ © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

"Dynamic Raumplan" is a spatial installation that operates like a machine. Not an object but designed to visualize a future urban vision based on the city as a dynamic and complex adaptive system. In addition, energy as critical, new parameter for urban planning of the 21st century is introduced as a catalyst for a new city morphology, a major paradigm shift similar to the impact the automobile had on cities in the 20th century. Dynamic energy lines derived from the sun, wind, water, the earth and green will now replace building lines forming three- dimensional fields of potential for new urban typologies in an attempt to generate an energy self-sufficient urban district.

The installation can be read in several scales, from a city block to a city district and an urban region. In a sequence using two simultaneous projections, one by one the energy lines forming the energy potential of an imaginary site are displayed; later, these envelopes are slowly filled with possible urban volumes, "...rigid yet constantly transforming, designed yet loosely defined, standing yet slowly moving, adapting always to the current needs of the system. Like the brain. Like a cloud. Like a city."


COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was founded in Vienna in 1968 and has since then been operating under the direction of CEO and design principal Wolf D. Prix in the fields of art, architecture, urban planning, and design. Another branch of the firm was opened in the United States in 1988 in Los Angeles. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU currently employs over 100 people from 19 different countries. In numerous countries the team has realized museums, concert halls, science and office buildings as well as residential buildings. Presently COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is working on various projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The company’s most well-known international projects include the Falkestrasse attic conversion in Vienna, the multifunctional UFA Cinema Center in Dresden, the BMW Welt in Munich, the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, the Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts, the Busan Cinema Center in Korea, the Dalian International Conference Center in China and the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. Among projects currently under construction are the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France, and the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.