Technical University of Vienna
critic: Manfred BERTHOLD
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Andreas KOERNER: Caterpillar is an experimental concept for dystopian urban architecture. The aim of the design studio was to think about urban and industrial parasites. Architecture that works itself through urban areas and settles wherever it “wants”.
I placed my concept on an old FLAK-Tower in the center of Vienna. Due to the fact that those huge Nazi anti-aircraft towers are nearly undestroyable and that they will penetrate the Viennese skyline for centuries, I thought the place suitable for an “urban parasite” which, same as the towers, just does not belong there!
The design concept itself focuses on a fully moveable structure adapting anatomical functions like bone, muscle and skin. Caterpillar is a fully enclosed moveable artificial organism. Whenever it finds a suitable place, it unfolds.
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
AK: Fellow students, the behavior of parasites, the anatomy of caterpillars, cordyceps fungus, psychidae larva, Lebbeus Woods, Ernst Haeckl, Transformers, Omus from the movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
AK: Reading Lebbeus Woods. Listening to Kris Menace, Anoraak, and Vitalic. Watching Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Transformers, District 9 (many times), BBC documentaries.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
AK: Nicholas di Genova, soma architecture, Philip Beesley, Manuel DeLanda, Justin Maller, Andreas Nicolas Fischer, Candas Sisman, Bruce Mahalski, Eva Hild, and Herwig Scherabon.
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