Behind the Scene

1st Prize - Competition - Ideasforward Metropolis

Some locations are so highly renowned that their surroundings consequently lose their relevance, even though they carry an important history of their own. Being overshadowed by the main attraction, these neighbouring areas are mainly used as transitional spaces. As people move between these places, the spaces begin blurring in the background and get less and less noticed until they become non-places.

"To walk is to lack a place" Michel de Certeau

In our proposal, we focus on the center of Vienna and its landmark, the Stephansdom, which is visited by numerous tourists each day. Due to the endless stream of visitors, people would not expect the area around the dome to be considered a non-place according to Marc Auge’s theory. However our assumption argued that icons generate a meaningless void around them, so we wanted to create a project that would react against the weakening of the site.

The modest intervention of angled mirrors restricts the view of the monument and renews the spectators point of interest. By redirecting the visitors’ perception towards the forgotten places around the monument, people are led to rethink their acknowledgement of the spaces “behind” the scene.

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Jury comments via Ideasforward

”Out of the box" . A perfect understanding of the nature of non- places. The material worked is between the urban voids and everyday brightness. It is in fact the trips that the nature of non-places better is revealed . A risky response but above all, very aware “.

Pedro Novo

”This proposal is the most realistic and viable one, however it doesn’t get deeper into imagination or exploration. Furthermore this project can became true with little perfect so it is perfect to build it and to offer an experience”.

Rafael Gonzalez del Castillo Sancho

“Simplicity in the proposal with significant (non) place awareness impact. Although with an side- effect impact on the place, origin of the selected (non) places type (residue places around significant monuments), the project proposes a double impact, dissolving the non-place awareness with magnification of the original place itself. Partially hides for later reveal it”.

João Rocha

“A small intervention that maximizes and adds value automatically that often forgotten. It should be an element of limited use, avoiding devalue what pretend to hide”.

Fran Silvestre

“A very interesting and original way of looking at the problem, remembering that in non.places there is always a discontinuity in-between local urban tissues, sometimes 'voids' other times massive and globalized zones. Very communicative panel and very clear and well defined solution, an installation underlining concept”.

Carlos Lampreia