Design Studio Schwarz

Vaduz - how much space do we really need?

Supervisor: Prof. Dietrich Schwarz

Assistant: Andreas Lehner 


In the summer semester the studio will search for strategies to condense and revitalize the center of Vaduz. According the semester theme we will upcycle the existing infrastructure and building stock. The task will be to develop a spatial and programmatic proposal for the urban core area. We will critically scrutinize the real estate market by exploring the essence of property, spatial needs and desires and systems of mixed use.
The squatting movement of the 80ies had positive effects by the reuse of abandonded building stock. We will investigate if this idea can help to develop strategies to revitalize the public sphere of Vaduz.


Which essentials are needed to create the common feeling of home and being part of a big whole towards the creation of new sozial communities with a sustainable life style and considerate consumption of resources.
Building on last semester the projects will be developed in three scales:

Creating attractive neighborhoods as a concept of sustainable spatial development will be a leading thought in our research. Preserving green land for food production and proposing strategies of reusing the existing will become a future credo, which has to be designed.

Based on the 5 relevant megatrends in sustainability the studio will develop projects in unused spaces, uninhabited structures and lifeless settlement areas. A strong focus on less creation and more revitalized conservation will define the different programs and interventions.

Construction and Materialization
The choice of material defines the construction method and efficiency of resources. The construction defines the soul of the building and the building influences the people and their behavior. Learning from traditional and vernacular architecture different solutions that respond to the context will be sought and developed.
Learning from the Netherlands: Our seminar week takes us to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Dutch landscape, where strategies for a highly efficient use of land and old buildings take place.