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AFAD Studio Thesis Wins Archiprix

Sandwright: Architecture and Extreme Environment

Adriana Debnárová Wins Archiprix with AFAD Thesis

Congratulations Adriana Debnárová for winning the Archiprix 2015 World's Best Graduation Project!

2014. Adriana Debnárová

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Trencin Purchases Competition Proposal

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Play History

Trencin - City on the River Competition, license purchase

We discover a city through fortuitous encounters with its spaces, gradually layering newly perceived images on top of memories. But unlike a metaphor of memory, where newest impressions of a space, or of an object, would coexist with a fading remembrance of its previous impres-sions, the city is different: buildings that are consecutive in history can-not coexist in the same space. Slow change occurs, minor interventions improve major disturbances, or become replaced for another trial.

Instead of a futile attempt to ape the medieval city formally, or to superimpose an abstract modernist grid on the project area, we propose to link the urban and natural poles of the site through an artificial topography, and thus introducing the scale of landscape urbanism. This topography incorporates two major qualities: it negotiates the influence of surrounding elements by creating a geometrical force field, and it shows the potential of programmatic adaptation and redistribution by providing an abstract system of gradient subdivisions.

The deformed grid permits various occupations of its meshes. They can be left abandoned, rented out, cultivated, developed or scraped again. It is in fact an adaptive checkerboard for the opening of Trenčín's urban game, to which our project provides the rules. Its inhabitants can thus create a diverse but enticing river-front.

2014. With Kika Rypáková, Mark Balzar and Zeynep Aksoz.

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Leadership Academy Campus

Leadership Academy Campus

Boarding Campus Competition Winner

In collaboration with soma, Peter Stec has won the competition for a masterplan for the LEAF Academy Campus in Slovakia. The concept design phase will be finalised by the end of the year.

LEAF is a non-profit organisation with the aim to build a central European educational institution that develops the students’ character, excellence, and drive for change.


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Studio Selected for Experimental Biennial

Re-Cycles: Architecture Again

Studio II Show at the Fragner Gallery

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Looking for strategies to renew various spaces of the Academy of Fine Arts, the studio explored possible additions of exhibition spaces and residential ateliers to the workshops of the Painting Department. A specific investigation focused on various ways to evaluate outcomes of the project at four different stages.

Starting with a simple criterium, such as least shading by new construction, or least deformation of the structure, the design was driven to the extreme of matching it in cycles of partially mechanical optimization. Tools such as Karamba structural modeling were introduced and supported through workshops.

In the second part, the outcomes were readjusted to complex requirements of the site and program for each individual project.

The next cycle combined the individual student approaches into a single project, forcing a renegotiation of spatial and programmatic boundaries on the same site and with the same program as originally available to each student.

Finally, an interactive behavior was evolved for the proposed spaces, taking in various environmental changes and responding with modified geometries or atmospheres. The result was a strange kind of exquisite corpse, combining temporal fragments of evaluation cycles with spatial bits of negotiated forms and programs. The parts created a network where each fragment continued to adjust its behavior to data sent from the others.

2013. Studio II at the Academy selected for the 1st Experimental Architectural Biennial in Prague. With Galo Moncayo as guest for the Arduino workshop. Students: Adriana Debnárová, Jakub Havlík, Richard Kilo, Marián Stanislav, Jakub Španiel.

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Europan Turku Runner-up prize

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Orchard Avenues

Europan 11, Runner-up Prize

The boundary to landscape is evolving. The shift from a hard compact wall of the fortified cities to the infinite blurred contour of sprawl traces centuries of changing social organization. After the mostly unattainable vision of Garden Cities, we follow the emergence of a more specific goal: living on the edge between complex urban amenities and immediate rich ecosystems. In geometrical terms: a dense and limited urban area, with an infinite boundary.

For Turku, we envision such a boundary by proposing to pull both the surrounding landscape and urban pockets into the site. Never do these areas intersect. However, we carefully extend and design their interface, creating a blurred transition from one to the other. On one side are continuously branching corridors of vegetation. We named them the Orchard Avenues. In a reversal, the other side becomes access: the Urban Courts. In between, a gradient of various house types creates a visually permeable membrane.

2011. Peter Stec and Mark Blazar with Anna Cséfalvay, Marianna Maczová, Dominika Belanská, Danica Pišteková.

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Ostrava Black Meadow wins 3rd Prize

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Urbanism Gone Wild

3rd prize in international competition

For the site, we propose three types of spaces related to culture. The first condition, a space for exploration, we term WILDERNESS. The second condition, the space of provisional community, we term CLEARINGS. The third condition, the stable spaces dedicated to the harvesting of ripe cultural projects, we term ROOMS.

We argue that cultural activity benefits from access to these three distinct spatial conditions. First, culture is practiced through free play and discovery. This requires a space apart from the demands of intensive production and performance, a space in which exploration is first allowed, and then encouraged. Second, culture requires a place of interaction - spaces of community that move beyond a radical individuality, where common languages can be developed, where ideas can be exchanged. Third, culture both requires and produces spaces of cultural interaction that have developed into types that are recognizable by all: types such as the theater, the museum, or the concert hall. Through their stability, we are able to connect these types through time and space.

This proposal, then, can be seen as itself a kind of culture - and an experiment to grow novel urban conditions and contemporary ideas of public space. The combination of such radically different types of space cultivates an attitude of cultural exploration in which not just trained artists, but all the people of Ostrava, indeed all the people of Europe, can participate in the invention of culture.

2010. Peter Stec, Brian Tabolt, Jimmy Lowder and Peter Stec sr. with Ben Olschner, Brett Tabolt, Iva Kleinová, Jon Krizan, Yurou Cui, Juraj Podolak, Daniel Leone.

Images, Text © Peter Stec, 2013

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