Urban Ecology and Design & Future lab at IAL
Software: Rhino, Illustrator
The Innviertlerhof is a specific courtyard type which developed in the districts Schärding, Ried and Braunau in Upper Austria. It consists of four free standing buildings (dwelling, shed, barn & „Schupfen“) which are connected with wooden gates or fences at the corners. The traditional house itself is an important part of Austrian culture, just as important as a certain dialect, folk music or local customs are. Every part of this Vierkanthof has been build by different family members over the course of many decades. It is appreciated, not always right-angeld but a very important form of expression for the respective farming family. As building materials wood planks, logs, limestones or (fired) clay bricks have been used. If an expensive brick was used, the farming family would not plaster the house to show off their wealth. The traditional house is characterized by its clear outlines and the very fine classicist details.
The banana is an edible fruit, botanically a berry and the largest herbaceous flowering plant. It has first been domesticated by farmers in Papua New Guinea 8000 BCE, within a tropical climate with an average temperature of 28°C. Bananaries in Iceland are a phenomenon from experiments with small-scale banana production of the 1940s after discovering the ability to heat green houses with geothermal energy. Iceland straddles the mid-Atlantic ridge where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates meet. The plates are slowly pulling apart, allowing heat from the Earth’s core to escape. Geothermal energy and industrialization in Iceland did not only bring the opportunity to grow food but also an immense increase in wealth. The Icelandic banana takes about 6 times as long to grow compared to those in the tropics, which is why people, one by one donated the banana plants to the Agricultural University of Reykjavik were they can be found and eaten until today.