Roland Gnaiger, Professor
head of the Department 'die architektur'
BASEhabitat - architecture for development
The University of Art and Design Linz is the smallest of the Austrian architecture schools. The advantage of this is a high level of individuality, the ability to react, and agility. Topics that are at the centre of social, political, and economic development become topics of our architecture education. The best experts in the areas of solar architecture, environmentally friendly building, modern timber and loam construction, as well as organisation and project management are centred here.
BASEhabitat has been cooperating with various NGOs since 2004 to realise construction projects. In recent years numerous pieces of remarkable research and project work have emerged from the students' enthusiasm and engagement.
We do not train our architects to be specialists. Our interest shouldn't be directed away from conventional architecture and cultural concerns. We simply want to reconcile the differences between basic needs and aesthetics; ecology and economics; wealth and poverty; utility and poetry.
Nowadays we can build houses where the indoor climate can be controlled without using any external power, houses that use the local resources instead of destroying them, houses that improve the environment and provide people with new challenges and employment. This can be done without restrictions, sacrifices, or additional responsibility. It just needs more intelligence, teamwork, passion, joy and beauty. In these matter there is no difference between the 'rich North' and the 'poor South' of the world. BASEhabitat is a testing place for this.
BASEhabitat is a test area. Enjoy with us this fascinating future of building – and get involved!