In-Commons: Planting Vines (2020)

Competition Proposal for the International Building Exhibition IBA’27 Stuttgart

Humanity has become a geologically decisive factor that is transforming our planet. The rapid change of ecosystems caused by human impact is branding a transnational collective memory: climate threats, global exploitation of resources and the global network, shortening the transmission routes and thus dramatically accelerating the spread of diseases, testing social solidarity and our democratic model of civilization, also in connection with the current COVID-19 pandemic to the test. The shift towards a climate-friendly society requires an ecology of community that proves ways of cultural restoration and the development of new structures and models for the distribution of resources.

With her research on commons, the economist and Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom has shown a way beyond private-sectors or state organizations and has proved that local communities can manage resources sustainably on their own.

The cooperative urban space as a test ground deals with the invasive expansion of the Martin-Mayer bridge, a partial redesign into a communal urban city garden for the purpose of wine-growing, and creates a discourse on the handling and distribution of common goods. The construction consists of recycled and sustainable materials: carrier systems and other components are installed on the handrails and implemented to blend into the bridge. The constructed transplantation of a wine-growing area into a highly frequented traffic junction of the city.