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falkeis.architects: active energy building

TUESDAY, OCT 10 2017, 06:30 PM

As part of Archtober 2017, please join us for the exhibition opening of "falkeis.architects: active energy building" featuring a panel discussion with Austrian architects Anton Falkeis & Cornelia Falkeis-Senn.

Exhibition | 11th Floor Loft
falkeis.architects: active energy building
OCT 11, 2017 - JAN 22, 2018
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street, New York

Our contemporary cities are responsible for 75% of the world's energy consumption and are emitting 80% of man-made carbon dioxide, and the ongoing process of rapid urbanization will actually further increase these numbers. Against this backdrop, Anton Falkeis & Cornelia Falkeis-Senn developed and realized the "Active Energy Building", an energy autonomous structure, built according to the envisioned standards of climate change neutrality in 2050.

The exhibition and panel talk at the ACFNY details the extensive research by falkeis2architects I building innovation lab, and the many advances in materials, building, and network design that led to a truly "active building". The project demonstrates technological innovations as a necessary asset to meet the challenges we are going to face within the next decades, and that innovation will be our best strategy in tackling major societal challenges, such as climate change, energy and resource scarcity.

By using renewable energy exclusively, the project successfully implements a newly developed building with integrated energy production system harvesting solar radiation for heating and interstellar radiation for cooling. The building also provides a high capacity to adapt to changing spatial requirements, achieved by a most effective load bearing structure.

The "Active Energy Building" works as a networked structure managing a local cluster. It is a smart node interconnecting existing buildings, sharing information as well as energy surplus. It works like a local solar power plant using e-mobility as temporary storages and the reservoirs of the local hydro power plants to store the peak hours. Based on this sharing logic technological innovation becomes the carrier of societal innovation, and the improvement of the quality of life the result of an architectural endeavor.

Thus, the "Active Energy Building" is a prototype of a new urban and decentralized energy production system providing a more democratic model of energy production as well as energy distribution.


Anton Falkeis studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He is a licensed architect in Austria and Liechtenstein and co-founder of falkeis|architects.vienna (1988), falkeis|architects.vaduz (2011) and the falkeis 2 architects.building innovation lab (2011). Anton Falkeis started his academic career as a guest researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1992 and has been teaching and lecturing at several universities such as Royal College of Art London, ELISAVA Barcelona, ESAG Paris, KADK Copenhagen, and most recently at the MIT Media Lab Boston. He is Full Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he was Vice-Dean of the School of Architecture from 1999 to 2003. Since 2000 he is Head of Department for Special Topics in Architecture Design. In 2012 he was Guest Professor at Nanjing University of Art China, conducting the experimental studio. He was the founding Head of Department Social Design from 2012 to 2015. Since 2013 he is Dean of the Institute Arts and Society at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is visiting critic at ETH Zürich and a frequent speaker at international conferences. Anton Falkeis is JSPS fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Cornelia Falkeis-Senn studied architecture and design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She is co-founder of falkeis|architects.vienna (1988), falkeis|architects.vaduz (2011) and the falkeis 2architects.building innovation lab (2011). Cornelia Falkeis-Senn started her academic career with a research collaboration on the project ‘Architecture of the 20th Century in Austria’ directed by Prof. Friedrich Achleitner (1986-1988) and was Guest Researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1992. From 1991-1997 she was Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology, Vienna. Cornelia Falkeis-Senn is JSPS fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

The architectural work of falkeis.architects has been widely published and was exhibited at Venice Biennale, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Vienna. It includes realizations such as the Active Energy Building, Vaduz; Curhaus St. Stephan’s Square, Vienna; “Austria Abroad”, Austrian Parliament, Vienna; Museum and Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance, Vienna; Attic Conversion - University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Mauthausen Memorial. Writings by Anton Falkeis and Cornelia Falkeis-Senn include ”Featureless City”, “Western Style and Eastern Mind”, “Urbanizing the world”, “Thinking out of the Urban Design Toolbox”, “Urban Change”, and “Active Buildings”.The active energy building in Vaduz, Liechtenstein has been nominated for the Nachhaltigkeitspreis of the International Bodensee Konferenz 2017. www.falkeis.com


Archtober is New York City's Architecture and Design Month, the seventh annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Archtober presents special tours, lectures, film screenings and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. Organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with partnering organizations across the city, the festival raises awareness of the important role of design in our city and the richness of New York's built environment. www.archtober.org