Showcase Solutions for the Future of Urban Construction (news with additional features)

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Wienerberger AG: Showcase Solutions for the Future of Urban Construction (news with additional features)
17.06.2022 / 09:00
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Presenting solutions for the future of urban construction

  • A panel of international architects present solutions for the urban spaces people want to live in

  • The projects show what the cities of the future might look like and what solutions and approaches are already available to achieve this today

Vienna, June 17, 2022 – The Brick Awards 22 again rewarded the most creative examples of modern and innovative brick architecture this year. After the presentation of the winning projects, a round table with Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger, Dietmar Eberle, founder of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten, Tina Gregoric, founder of Dekleva Gregoric Architects, also a member of the Brick Award jury, and Kalle Jørgensen of Mangor & Nagel Architects, discussed the challenges cities face, what the cities of the future might look like, and the solutions and approaches already available to achieve this today.

Heimo Scheuch, CEO of the Wienerberger Group, said: “We want to use the Brick Awards to highlight outstanding and international architectural projects that help us find innovative solutions for the cities of the future and contribute to overcoming the challenges of climate change. and the use of limited natural resources. I am delighted that during our round table we were once again able to present so many good practice examples of sustainable solutions and energy-efficient construction. The focus was not only on the projects themselves, but above all on the answers that these construction projects can already provide in terms of pleasant housing to live in, integration into the public space, sustainability and ‘energetic efficiency.

For economic and ecological reasons, urban densification is essential if developers want to create more living space on a smaller surface. In this context, Dietmar Eberle argued that planners should pay more attention to the space between buildings which should be designed as a comfortable public space accessible to all. According to Kalle Jørgensen, this also means that new buildings must respond and adapt to their context, including architectural character, social environment, public space and streets.

More bikes – fewer cars
At the same time, Tina Gregoric advocated for integrated planning of future living quarters where urban design architecture and landscape architecture are developed as one complex design task instead of separating master plan and design architectural. In many cities, large-scale projects are still not planned and implemented as an integrated concept, but are in many cases broken down into prescribed volumes that are individually tailored without any relationship to each other. Kalle Jørgensen pointed out that the 2019 master plan of the city of Copenhagen, for example, stipulates a minimum parking requirement of one parking space per 250 m² of housing. This requirement has been deliberately set at a low level to encourage the use of public transport, carpooling, and in particular cycling, for daily travel. At the same time, the reduction of car traffic in the city and the parking of cars underground will increase the urban living space.

Cities of the future where life is good
When asked what will make the city of tomorrow a pleasant place to live, the panelists agree that an efficient infrastructure must be accompanied by attractive spaces for leisure and relaxation. Dietmar Eberle underlined the importance of weighing in advance the different functions that a building must fulfill in itself and in harmony with its environment. Kalle Jørgensen added that ‘livable’ cities are primarily places where a diverse community can live and thrive together and where a wide range of uses overlap. According to Tina Gregoric, this also includes proximity to green and/or social spaces accessible on foot and not by public transport or bicycle.

The challenges of climate change
Many award-winning projects in 2022 focus on managing the challenges of climate change and the use of limited natural resources. Overheating in downtown apartments and urban heat islands in particular are also a problem for a growing number of people.

According to Dietmar Eberle, architecture and urban planning can help maintain more comfortable temperatures in cities by producing more shade while creating as much space as possible for tall trees. Planting and preserving trees provides natural, cost-effective and energy-efficient cooling for cities. Kalle Jørgensen pointed out that in Scandinavian countries, planning south- and west-facing urban spaces that maximize the use of sunlight and are designed to protect outdoor spaces from the wind also helps extend the season. exterior in the Scandinavian countries. Deciduous trees also play a role in providing shade during the summer and letting in sunlight in the winter by shedding their leaves.

Sustainable Architecture
Finally, the panel explored the question of how to sustainably solve energy problems in the city of the future. This year’s projects include many buildings that used local materials to reduce waste and save energy. Other projects presented are based on the concept of saving existing buildings from demolition and preserving them by transforming and expanding them. According to Dietmar Eberle, the most important prerequisite here is the desire to reduce one’s own energy demand, in other words, to consume less energy and use fewer materials. But to reduce energy consumption, you also need to know what it is used for. According to Eberle, much research is still needed to make these approaches more transparent. Baumschlager Eberle Architekten’s Building Services Concept 2226 offers a sustainable approach for the future with long life and climate stability all year round and all day long.

Kalle Jørgensen highlighted a key approach that needs to be taken by the construction industry, which is to focus more on the internal construction of buildings, through lighter construction techniques and the reuse of resources. It also means reducing the use of materials, especially concrete, and designing buildings without superfluous materials. At the same time, Tina Gregoric also drew attention to efforts to prioritize locally sourced materials to reduce transportation emissions.

All participants agreed with Dietmar Eberle that clay building materials have the unique advantage of being 100% reusable or recyclable and are the perfect option for modern architecture in Europe, Asia and America. .

Further information on this year’s award-winning projects, incl. press photos of panel members are available at

Press Photo panel Brick Award 22 participants:
From left to right: Dietmar Eberle, founder of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten, Tina Gregoric, founder of Dekleva Gregoric Architects, also member of the Brick Award jury, Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger and Kalle Jørgensen of Mangor & Nagel Architects

Credit: Daniel Hinterramskogler

Wienerberger Group
The Wienerberger Group is one of the leading international providers of intelligent solutions for the entire building envelope and for infrastructure. Wienerberger is the world’s largest producer of bricks (Porotherm, Terca) and market leader in clay tiles (Koramic, Tondach) in Europe and concrete pavers (Semmelrock) in Eastern Europe. In pipe systems (Steinzeug-Keramo ceramic pipes and Pipelife plastic pipes), the company is one of the leading suppliers in Europe. By acquiring Meridian Brick, Wienerberger has further strengthened its position as a leading supplier of facade products in North America. With a total of 215 production sites, the Wienerberger Group generated sales of 4.0 billion euros and an EBITDA LFL of 671 million euros in 2021.

For more information, please contact:
Claudia Hajdinyak, Head of Corporate Communication Wienerberger AG
tel +43 664 828 31 83 | [email protected]

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Case: Press Photo panel participants Brick Award 22

17.06.2022 This Corporate News was distributed by EQS Group AG.

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