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Stella Rollig in conversation with Romana Ring and Wojciech Czaja

Sunday, 3 December 2006

Today it seems that everyone is interested in architecture. Architects become idolized stars, the presentation and discussion of new buildings and building plans is omnipresent in the media. So why is there still so much bad architecture? Why do innovative, aesthetically and functionally outstanding projects so often turn into mediocre buildings? And what are the criteria of quality?
In conjunction with the exhibition Museums of the 21st Century. Ideas, Projects, Buildings two high-profile architectural journalists talk about their views of Austrian building culture in relation to the international horizon, about their personal expectations from the built environment, and about how architecture can be communicated.

Romana Ring
Born 1959 in Vienna. Romana Ring studied architecture from 1978 to 85 at the Technical University Vienna. She has been a freelance architect since 1993 and writes architectural reviews for the Upper Austrian newspaper Oberösterreichische Nachrichten and articles about architecture in various media (including architektur. aktuell). In 2003 she received the Upper Austrian Wooden Construction Prize (award for the Agricultural Technical and Vocational School Otterbach) and the Culture Prize of the Province of Upper Austria for architecture. Her book "Architektur in Oberösterreich seit 1980" was published in 2004 by Verlag Anton Pustet (Salzburg). Since 2004 she has been chair of the architekturforum oberösterreich (afo).

Wojciech Czaja
Born1978 in Ruda Slaska, Poland. Has lived in Vienna since 1981. Wojciech Czaja studied architecture at the Technical University Vienna (graduated 2004). Independent architecture and exhibition work and cooperation with querkraft architekten and others. Lectures and publications on architecture (H.O.M.E., Die Presse, Falter, architektur.aktuell). His book "Wir spielen Architektur. Verständnis und Missverständnis von Kinderfreundlichkeit" was published in 2005 by Sonderzahl-Verlag, Vienna. Editor-in-chief for the real estate and architecture section for ALBUM, Kultur, Chronik and Rondo of the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard.

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