Rule: Existing Buildings should not be demolished. Vacant buildings should be renovated in an affordable way keeping their original use in mind.
The century-old village-like structure around Karlauerplatz is characterised by some very old buildings such as the bakery, which was established in 1733, and the building on Karlauerplatz 46, which, from 1701 on accommodated a leather manufacturer, and from 1891 to 1896, Johann Puch’s bicycle factory. In the 19th century, commercial and industrial factories began to settle along the Mühlgang millstream, a process that is reflected in the name of Fabriksgasse. Essentially, those old buildings with their characteristic appearance not only establish identity, but are also historical places of remembrance in the urbanistic context, and should therefore be preserved.
The area of interest around the selected plot on Fabriksgasse contains a multitude of residential and commercial uses, as well as one religious cultural institution. Some of the buildings around Karlauerplatz accommodate commercial facilities in the ground floor zone with apartments above. In the same way, we aim to maintain the said connection between living and working in the sense of “the mixed and productive city” (cf. Europan 14, 2017) on the Fabriksgasse plot and to test it in various ways in our concepts.
Rule: provide green and public connections for pedestrians and cyclists.
What struck us most in the planning area is the lack of thoroughfares and networks for pedestrians and cyclists, and thus, a subsequent preference for cars. Secondly, there is also a lack of continuous green spaces with recreational quality. Both of these issues will therefore be taken into consideration in our following concepts.
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