A radical scenario for the transformation
of the Westbahn area in Vienna

Over half the global population resides in cities, emphasizing the growing significance of land for essential resources in metropolitan life. Human interventions have irreversibly altered landscapes, polarizing the relationship between urban and rural territories, and highlighting our profound dependence on finite land resources in the Anthropocene. Vienna mirrors this trend, with ongoing construction reflecting relentless land use. Neoliberal urbanism encroaches on "Wiener Gstettn" (fallow areas), neglecting valuable urban habitats. Climate change, globalization, resource depletion, and unchecked greed are pushing the world's limits, demanding alternative and integrative solutions.

diploma in architecture / mentor Tina Gregoric Dekleva
Vienna University of Technology, March 2022

In reimagining urban vacancies, the diploma project "Land schafft Stadt" challenges Vienna's urban development legacy, proposing a daring transformation of the 60-hectare Westbahn area within the city. Defying conventional urban strategies, it advocates for agricultural use, fostering a dynamic interplay between a dense city and a productive landscape. The concept envisions the site growing with the city, introducing new tensions and identities. Architectural interventions create an urban interior, contributing to Vienna's urban space. This approach views the landscape as an adventure, reshaping the urban-rural identity through a staged transformation, repositioning the city as the periphery of nature.


New contrasts emerge as a dense urban area collides with productive land, creating dynamic landscapes within the city. The interplay between usability and poetics, as well as conceptuality and reality, turns this landscape into an adventurous and experiential journey. The antithesis boldly attempts a dramaturgical transformation of the linear territory, provoking a new narrative that showcases the tension between urban and rural through agrarian urbanism. In this performative narrative, the territory unfolds into three distinct identities. Additionally, strategically placed architectural elements introduce an urban interior, offering new potential uses and becoming the landscape's new focal points.

LandschafftStadt_concept_01_a LandschafftStadt_concept_01_b

There is no city, no urban space
without a garden or park,
without the simulation of nature,
without labyrinths,
the evocation of the ocean or forest,
without trees tormented into
strange human and inhuman shapes.

–Henri Lefebvre, The Urban Revolution


As the landscape evolves, a strategic arrangement of architectural elements—an engaging promenade, three bridges, and nine towers—is introduced to mediate, educate, and connect the changing environment. Beyond the scenic and productive aspects, the 'urban interior' adds diverse uses and infrastructures, becoming iconic symbols of identity. Serving both formal and informal purposes, these elements foster encounters and interactions while enhancing the perception and experience of the landscape. A promenade facilitates access to room units, bridges allow crossing S-Bahn tracks, and towers stack and condense spatial programs, completing the concise landscape concept for this urban space.

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