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SMASHUP ST STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL, VIENNA
SMASHUP
AN EXPLORATION OF THE SAVAGE, CHANGEFUL, NATURAL, GROTESQUE, RIGID AND REDUNDANT IN SAINT STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL IN VIENNA
COACH - PROFESSORSHIP AT THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, VIENNA
Design Studio IKA Academy of fine Arts, Vienna
Bachelors Winter Semester 2020 / 21 - Michelle Howard and Luciano Parodi
Savageness, Changefulness, Naturalism, Grotesqueness, Rigidity, and Redundancy: These were the terms that, in 1852, John Ruskin used to lovingly describe the nature of Gothic architecture.[1] It was the first time for nearly three centuries that the buildings which sprang from this movement were celebrated by a recognised tastemaker.
​​“Undefined in its slope of roof, height of shaft, breadth of arch, or disposition of ground plan, it can shrink into a turret, expand into a hall, coil into a staircase, or spring into a spire, with undegraded grace and unexhausted energy; and whenever it finds occasion for change in its form or purpose, it submits to it without the slightest sense of loss either to its unity or majesty; subtle and flexible like a fiery serpent, but ever attentive to the voice of the charmer. And it is one of the chief virtues of the Gothic builders, that they never suffered ideas of outside symmetries & consistencies to interfere with the real use and value of what they did.”[2]
What you call Gothic Architecture was, at the time it was first practiced in the 11th Century, most probably referred to as Modern. It ushered in a comparable revolution in built space. Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) used Gothic as a derogatory term in his, Lives of the Artists[3]. He preferred the perceived purity and regularity of Classical architecture. The assumption that purity and regularity is a positive attribute is one which has proven particularly tenacious and, indeed, is in need of a SMASHUP.
SMASHUP perceives all entities as elastic, exchanging mutual influences and energies and exerting attractive powers. SMASHUP supercharges argument, to bounce against taste, preconceived ideas, prejudices and laissez-faire politics. SMASHUP is not aggressive or threatening, it confronts strong propositions with one another and asks them not only to coexist but to improve, SMASHUP is antifragile[5]. SMASHUP wears the badge of imperfection with pride. SMASHUP is the dialogue between balance and awareness, flying buttresses, custom made tools and stereotomy …
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Students:
Olivia Ahn                         Lucas Fischötter
Maximilian Gallo             Alexander Groiss
Paula Hattenkerl                            Felix Knoll
Armin Maierhofer                         Jonathan Moser
Diana Mudrak                                 Anna-Elina Pieber
Dana Radzhibaeva                         Paul Schurich
Roxane Seckauer                           Marie Teufel
 
WIR BEDANKEN UNS HERZLICH BEI:
 DOM ST. STEPHAN WIEN
Dombaumeister St. Stephan Wolfgang Zehetner            Domarchivar St. Stephan Franz Zehetner
Dr. Barbara Schedl - Universität Wien
​REVIEW GÄSTE
Julian Goethe, Linda Lackner - Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
Dr. Lily Chi - Cornell University
Sandra Bartoli - University of Applied Sciences Munich
Dr. Miguel Paredes Maldonado - University of Edinburgh
Günther Dreger, Roland Kollnitz, Samuel Seger - Akademie der bildenden Künste 
STEINBRUCH ST. MARGARETHEN 
Steinmetz - und Steinbruchbetriebe Gustav Hummel GmBH & Co. KG, Steinmetzmeister Tobias Kritzer
INDIVIDUELLE BERATUNG
Solnhofen Stone Group GmBH & Co. KG, Marmor - Industrie Kiefer GmBH & Co. KG
Nikolaus Studnicka - RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmBH

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