Graphic Design + Design Concepts

Exhibition at the Architekturzentrum Wien, AzW Vienna

Architekturzentrum Wien – Exhibition hall 2
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Exhibition 25.04.2019–09.09.2019, daily 10:00-19:00

A planet in crisis. The earth in intensive care. Man-made environmental and social catastrophes are threatening to render the planet uninhabitable. The situation is critical and, dominated by the interests of capital, architecture and urbanism are caught up in the crisis. The exhibition ‘Critical Care’ shows how architecture and urbanism can contribute to repairing the future and keeping the planet and its inhabitants alive.

The exhibition ‘Critical Care’ is an appeal for a new approach, for a caring architecture and urbanism. 21 current examples from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the USA and Latin America prove that architecture and urban development do not have to be subservient to the dictates of capital and the exploitation of resources and labour.

The relationships between economy, ecology and work are redefined in each of these projects. The instigators of this care are extraordinarily diverse groups of people: activists, lawyers, anthropologists, artists, but also city councils and companies, working together with architects and planners. Care is always concrete, the specific local conditions are the starting point, as the exhibition shows, including earthquake-proof and sustainable village development in China, flood protection through traditional low-carbon building techniques in Pakistan and Bangladesh, the diverse conversion of modernist buildings in Brazil and Europe, an ecological community land trust in Puerto Rico, the revitalisation of historical irrigation systems in Spain, new concepts for public spaces and mixed urban districts in Vienna, London and Nairobi. The exhibition ‘Critical Care’ shows how architecture and urbanism are helping to revive the planet. The repair of the future has begun.

Curators: Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny
Exhibition architecture: the next ENTERprise
Exhibition graphics: Alexander Ach Schuh

Critical Care — Symposium
Fri 21.06.2019, 13:00-20:30
Architekturzentrum Wien – Podium

Critcial Care — Book
A book is being published by MIT Press to accompany the exhibition, ‘Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet‘, containing all 21 case studies as well as 12 essays by international authors on the topics of work, economy and ecology in architecture; edited by Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny and Architekturzentrum Wien.

MIT Press
AzW Architekturzentrum Wien

Photos (c) Architekturzentrum Wien / ESEL

Photos (c) Architekturzentrum Wien / Lisa Rastl

Book design for ‘Critical Care: Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet’

It’s time to break up with modern architecture and its tabula rasa attitude. I am very proud to present a book design for an exciting project of the Architekturzentrum Wien (AzW) published by MIT Press.

In ‘Critical Care: Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet,’ editors Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny, and the Architekturzentrum Wien (AzW), look at how architecture and urbanism can help to care for and repair a broken planet. And there will also be an exhibition on this topic at the AzW: “Critical Care. Architecture for a Broken Planet” – opening on April 25th

MIT Press | ISBN: 9780262536837 | 300 pp. | April 2019

„Today, architecture and urbanism are capital-centric, speculation-driven and investment-dominated. Many cannot afford housing. Austerity measures have taken a disastrous toll on public infra­structure. Extreme weather events render the planet vulnerable, even uninhabitable. This book offers an alternative vision for architecture and urbanism that focuses on caring for the broken planet. Rooted in a radical care perspective anchored by the planetary environmental crisis, this edited collection of essays and illustrated case studies documents ideas and practices from an extraordinarily diverse group of contributors.

Focusing on economy, ecology and labor, the book offers twenty-one case studies including a village reconstruction in China; irrigation in Spain; a community land trust in Puerto Rico; the revitalization of modernist public housing in France; new alliances in informal settlements in Nairobi; and a turn to traditional building techniques in flood-prone areas in Pakistan. Essays consider such topics as ethical architecture, land policy, creative ecologies, diverse economies, caring communities and the exploitation of labor. These case studies and essays provide evidence that architecture and urbanism seek to contribute to making the planet livable again.“

Care+Repair / A Growing Exhibition

Care+Repair – A Growing Exhibition at the Public Workspace by Az W
— Eine wachsende Ausstellung im öffentlichen Arbeitsraum des Az W

Curated by Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny
Exhibition + graphic design by Alexander Ach Schuh

Nordbahnhalle 21.6.–31.7.2017 — daily 2-10 pm / tägl 14.00–22.00

Six International Architecture Teams …
a-works – Cristian Stefanescu / Bergen
GABU Heindl Architektur / Vienna
Zissis Kotionis + Phoebe Giannisi / Volos
Rotor / Brussels
Meike Schalk / Stockholm
RosarioTalevi / Berlin

… in Tandem with Six Partners in Vienna
Zuzana Ernst, Can Gülcü, Martin Riesing, Hansel Sato, Beatrice Stude, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien Masterstudium Social Design/Brigitte Felderer

Care + Repair. Exhibition view. Photo by Lisa Rastl.


How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism contribute to this? Working in tandem with local experts six international teams of architects develop Care + Repair prototypes on site at the Nordbahnhof. An extensive programme invites people to visit the public work space next to the water tower.

How can very different kinds of knowledge be effectively combined to create neighbourhood networks, new types of communal spaces and housing, the use of existing materials and protecting nature in the city? An exhibition hosted in a former warehouse on location presents projects by the invited architectural teams that show how the Care + Repair approach interacts with the existing urban fabric, taking it into the future.

Documentation of the working processes for the Care + Repair prototypes is added to this growing exhibition on an ongoing basis. An international symposium launches the prototype development. With visits, discussions and workshops throughout the entire duration the public workspace extends an invitation to work jointly on finding solutions for repairing the future.


This Place Is Pretty Good — 9 architectural approaches to Brăila Cristian Stefanescu. Photo Irina Pata.


Care + Repair forms part of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future, which unites designers, architects and visual artists by the joint aim to make a better tomorrow: The VIENNA BIENNALE is organized by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / contemporary Art, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, The Kunsthalle Wien, the Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna Businness Agency with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university research partner.

Built to Grow – Blending Architecture and Biology

Built to Grow – Blending Architecture and Biology
Eds. Barbara Imhof, Petra Gruber, Foreword by Rachel Armstrong
Design Concept and Graphic Design by Alexander Ach Schuh

Published by Birkhäuser, Edition Angewandte, January 2015
ISBN: 978-3-0356-0747-5

The book presents ideas, approaches and concepts for grown structures developed by an interdisciplinary team from the fields of architecture, art, biology, robotics and mechatronics. The core part of the book establishes the relevance of the two and a half year artistic research work conducted under the project name GrAB – Growing As Building. This includes hands-on experiments in a biolab with biological role models such as the pathfinding slime mould, mycelium structures and metabolic systems around a novel 3D mobile printer. Excerpts from conversations with different experts about agency, emergence and resilience, and a discussion about the immanent values and ethical aspects of this research are reflected to contextualise the work within our world of change.



Ein kuratorisches Ausstellungs-, Recherche- und Vermittlungsprojekt

Laufzeit | 11. 3. 2016–16. 5. 2016
Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, x hibit, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Wien
Öffnungszeiten Di–So, 10.00–18.00, Eintritt frei
Sonderöffnungszeiten 28. 3. 2016 sowie 1., 5., 16. 5. 2016, 10.00–18.00

Kuratorinnen | Elke Krasny und Barbara Mahlknecht
Historische Recherche | Ina Markova, Rosemarie Burgstaller und Sophie Bitter-Smirnov Mitarbeit | Eva Maria Eisner
Ausstellungsgrafik | Alexander Ach Schuh

Mit Beiträgen von Tal Adler/Friedemann Derschmidt/ Elisabeth Samsonow/Karin Schneider/ Anna Szöke/Niko Wahl, Anna Artaker, Eva Blimlinger, Ramesch Daha, Zsuzsi Flohr/Benjy Fox-Rosen/Eduard Freudmann/Eva Reinold/Luisa Ziaja, Lena Rosa Händle, Minna L. Henriksson, Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski, Gila Kolb, Martin Krenn, Ina Markova/Rosemarie Burgstaller/Sophie Bitter-Smirnov, Verena Pawlowsky, Birgit Peter, Sabine Plakolm-Forsthuber, Suely Rolnik, Dirk Rupnow, Hansel Sato, Anna Schürch, Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken (Nina Höchtl und Julia Wieger), Bernadette Settele, Nora Sternfeld, Imayna Caceres/Pêdra Costa/Verena Melgarejo Weinandt von Wer hat Angst vor dem Museum?


Elke Krasny und Barbara Mahlknecht, Unheimliche Materialien. Gründungsmomente der Kunsterziehung, 2016 (Foto: Lisa-Rastl © Akademie der bildenden Kueste, Wien)


Elke Krasny und Barbara Mahlknecht, Unheimliche Materialien. Gründungsmomente der Kunsterziehung, 2016 (Foto: Lisa-Rastl © Akademie der bildenden Kueste, Wien)

10 Jahre TAG

10 Jahre TAG – Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße. Ein Grund zu feiern. Das 10-Jahres-Sujet weckt Aufmerksamkeit und lässt uns spüren, wie die Zeit vergeht. Seit sieben Jahren betreue den visuellen Auftritt des TAG – Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße. Der Schwerpunkt liegt in der Entwicklung eines prägnanten Auftritts des TAG als Repertoiretheaters in seinen Programmfoldern, Plakaten, City Lights.



Popfest Vienna 2015


Visual concept + graphic design by Alexander Ach Schuh
Logo design by Alexander Schuh (2010), Illustration by Marc Damm

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O-Töne Literaturfestival 2015


Visual concept, graphic design by Alexander Ach Schuh
Photography by Peter Kubelka

Client: O-Töne Literaturfestival (since 2003)
Web: – fb: OToeneLiteraturfestival

Women’s:Museum. Curatorial Politics in Feminism, Education, History, and Art

| Women’s:Museum. Curatorial Politics in Feminism, Education, History, and Art | Frauen:Museum. Politiken des Kuratorischen in Feminismus, Bildung, Geschichte und Kunst

| Edited by | Herausgegeben von | Elke Krasny + Frauenmuseum Meran
| Visusal Concept + Graphic Design by Alexander Ach Schuh

Initiating a dialogue between the network of women’s museums and feminist practices in curating, this volume gathers different perspectives from art historians, artists, curators, educators, historians, human rights activists, museum directors, researchers, scholars, and theorists. It juxtaposes essays, interviews, email dialogues, and excerpts from the transcripts of two symposia on Women:Museum hosted at the Vienna City Library and at the Meran Women’s Museum. Resulting in a contemporary transnational historiography, this compendium charts issues of feminist strategies in and out of the museum, and examines public engagement through curatorial activism.

Contributors | Mit Beiträgen von: Gudrun Ankele, Vida Bakondy, Barbara Blasin, Carla Bobadilla, Angela Dimitrakaki, Petja Dimitrova, Elisabeth von Dücker, False Hearted Fanny, Nicoletta Favout, Eva Geber, Li Gerhalter, Susanna Gyulamiryan, Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, Amelia Jones, Elke Krasny, Rudolfine Lackner, Igor Markovic, Suzana Milevska, Lara Perry, Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra, Sigrid Richter, Dorothee Richter, Astrid Schönweger, Mansoureh Shojaee.

Introduction by Elke Krasny
Contents | Inhaltsverzeichnis


15,5 x 23,5 cm
Broschur, zahlr. Abbildungen
german/english | deutsch/englisch
332 pages | Seiten

Löcker Verlag Vienna, 2013
€ 24,80

ISBN 978-3-85409-624-5



Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
08.06.2013 – 08.09.2013, GfZK-2
Opening 07.06.2013, 7 pm

curated by Elke Krasny

an exhibition of the Architekturzentrum Wien


The research-based exhibition is dedicated to the history of the idea of appropriating land in urban space.
Since the shockwave of modernisation that accompanied industrialisation towns and cities worldwide have had to face some very significant challenges. City-dwellers have always found a number of solutions in crisis situations, they are involved in bottom-up urban development. Self-build and selforganisation, settlements and fruit and vegetable gardening lead to other forms of collective cohesion, neighbourliness and fair distribution. Another world can be planted, as today’s community gardeners are clearly showing.


Following many years of international research, the curator Elke Krasny presents 19 historical and contemporary case studies of bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havana or Quito. They provide an overview of informal, self-organised collective movements and of the spaces that are created by them. The exhibition shows how decisively small projects have often led, and are still leading, to major changes.


‘Hands-on Urbanism’ introduces an alternative urban history, one that poses urgent questions about the responsibility of design for architects and planners, and the resource-logic of towns and cities. What do architects do in this process, and what can be learned from the bottom-up in this urban history? Its role ranges from initiative via activism to conducting research. How are urban planning authorities reacting to these developments? The spectrum ranges from the founding of a settlement regulatory agency, via infrastructural measures and tolerance, to measures of support from the authorities, but also the introduction of new laws and legal sanctioning in official urban plans. 


Hands-on Urbanism 1850 – 2012. The Right to Green was initiated and curated by Elke Krasny forArchitekturzentrum Wien.

Exhibition graphic: Alexander Schuh
Scenography: Alexandra Maringer