IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna


The Making of... Sheik Zayed Desert Learning Centre with Talik Chalabi, June 5, 7pm

The Making of... Sheik Zayed Desert Learning Centre with Talik Chalabi, June 5, 7pm

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is both a museum and a research centre for desert landscapes and environmental issues, located within the Wildlife Park Resort of Al Ain, UAE. The iconic snake-like shape of the building results from the concept of a double spiral loop around two inner courtyards. In close cooperation with the structural engineers Bollinger+Grohmann, Chalabi Architects developed a sophisticated concrete structure with the facade lines and openings arranged exactly according to the lines of force. The architectural concept was optimised not only in terms of spatial experience and usability, but also to reduce thermal loads. By combining active and passive solar energy use with water- and energy-saving systems, the building was able to meet the highest sustainability criteria. It was credited with LEED Platinum and Estidama 5 Pearl certification and recognized with the Austrian Green Building Award.

Talik Chalabi, together with his brother Jafaar, runs the international architecture firm Chalabi Architects, based in Vienna and Abu Dhabi. Talik will talk about the special requirements of sustainable construction in the desert, the complex spatial and structural concept and the challenges of the construction process.

Hörsaal 1
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Stubenring 3, 1010 Vienna


AGENT-BASED PARAMETRIC SEMIOLOGY Research Symposium and Exhibition

AGENT-BASED PARAMETRIC SEMIOLOGY Research Symposium and Exhibition

Agent-based Semiology aims to investigate, simulate, and predict contemporary spatial occupation patterns in social spaces in order to understand and develop the performance criteria that interactively link these spaces, their interiors, and their users. The research ambition at hand is to develop a method of architectural design that generates spatial environments with high social performativity. The cross-disciplinary approach combines elements from digital crowd simulation, spatial statistics and computer graphics with the aim of developing an explicit design process, that understands contemporary spatial organisations as coherent systems of signification without relying on the familiar codes found in the existing built environment.

Research teams will present the latest research and put concepts, methods and resuts up for discussion. With Patrik Schumacher, Robert Neumayr, Josip Bajcer, Mathias Fuchs, Tyson Hosmer, Soungmin Yu & Sobitha Ravichandran, Uli Blum & Philipp Siedler

Research Symposium: 08.05.2019, 3 - 5 pmExhibition: May 08 - May 12, 2019, Opening 5 pm
die angewandteOskar Kokoschka Platz 2, 1010 Vienna1st floor, IoA - the Square

The research is supported by the FWF's PEEK funding program.


Midterm Reviews @ Studio Greg Lynn, May 3

starting 8am - 10am; continued at 4pm


Midterm Reviews @ Studio Kazuyo Sejima, May 20, 9am

Guests: Maki Onishi, Yuki Hyakuda


Midterm Reviews @ Studio Hani Rashid, April 12, 10am

Guests: Lise Anne Couture, Kivi Sotamaa


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