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Vienna, November 8, 2008

Wonderland Symposium on November 14 launches cross-border
architecture projects in Europe

The platform for European startup architecture offices transforms itself from touring
exhibition to project developer

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The symposium “Getting specialized“ on Nov 14 at Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W),
serves as prelude to the progression of the architectural platform Wonderland. Between
2004 and 2006, Wonderland started as a travelling exhibition display ing 99 teams of
architects from nine countries. The second phase of Wonderland, which runs from 2008
to 2011, again carries the main idea of international exchange. It aims at enabling
participants to work transnationally on tangible projects and their realisation in Europe.
The assignment for existing and new teams claims: “Make projects happen“.

The symposium “Getting specialized” explores the chances of specialisation, which open
up for architects in contemporary architectural practices. Lecturers, as well as debaters
of the participating European countries are going to present examples and shed light on
parallels as well as differences. The symposiu m’s results will contribute to the fourth
edition of Wonderland Magazine.

Geographic Expansion
So far, Germany, France, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia,
and the Czech Republic have been part of Wonderland. The new phase expands to 13
Northern, Southern and Eastern European countries. Each state can participate in the
scheduled project spaces with a maximu m of eleven teams, and optionally, with one
national organisation.

Collaboration in Project Spaces
The new edition of Wonde rland is no longer a touring architecture exhibition. Teams and
organisations meet in so-called project spaces until March 2011 in order to develop the
topic of a future project’s study in selected local contexts. These studies are generated
for concrete c lients representing municipalities, NGOs or private companies.

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The requirement for innovative architectural or urban development concepts as well as
the interest in realising them back up the criteria for the selection of contractees. Mixed
project groups from local and international teams from Wonderland’s pool work on the
topics. For each study, several scenarios are developed and presented. In a second
phase, the groups work virtually via internet, thus completing the projects.

Every participating country hosts one or two project spaces. The results will be show n in
a concluding exhibition in Vienna from October 2011 on. Additionally, the planned
handbook 'Managing collaborations ' will provide an analysis of the cooperations and
their results.

Symposium and Kick-Off – „ Getting specia lized“
Venue                 Architekturzentrum Wien – Az W
                      Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Date                  November 14, 2008
Programme             10 am – 11 am Press Conference
                      3 pm – 7 pm Symposium

PANEL 1_Experts 3 pm – 4.30 pm
Anneke Bokern / Freie Journalistin, Amsterdam (NL)
Frank Peter Jäger / PR Berater für ArchitektInnen und Publizist, Berlin (DE)
Oliver Schürer / Architekturtheoretiker, Kurator und freier Autor, Wien (AT)

PANEL 2_Teams 5 pm – 6.30
Stefan Bendiks / Artgineering, Rotterdam ( NL)
Hannes Schreckensberger / collectiv exyzt, Paris (F R)
Patricia Meneses & Iván Juárez /, Barcelona (ES)
Matthias Lehner / Lehner en Gunther Architecten, Amsterdam (NL)
Roland Gruber / nonconform architektur vor ort, Wien/Moosburg (AT)
Maria Topolcanska, Bratislava (SK)
Barbara Imhof / Liquifer Systems Group, Vienna (A)
Maria Kramer & Henrik Rothe / Leit -werk, Vienna (A)

Final discussion 6.30 pm – 7 pm
moderated by Silvia Forlati / SHARE architects, Venedig/Vienna (I/A)

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Overvie w Wonde rla nd - “Make Projects happen“
(subject to change).

2008 - 2011         Dates and available spaces for additional project spaces
                    (due to the added countries and teams)

July 2008           Restart Meeting: Bratislava / SK

Aug 2008            Project Space: Flugfeld-Aspern #1, Vienna / A

Nov 2008            Symposium “ Getting spec ialized” + Kic k-Off:
                    Archite kturzentrum Wien (Az W) / A

Mar 2009            Project Space: Wels / A in the framework of Linz09 –
                    European Capital of Culture 2009

Mar 2009            Launch Wonderland Magazine #4 "Getting specialized"

June 2009           Project Space: Budapest / HU

June 2009           Symposium “Making competitions” und Ausstellung
                    "100 modells - 100 stories": Az W / Vienna / A

Oct 2009            Project Space: Amsterdam-Schiphol / NL

Nov 2009            Launch Wonderland Magazine #5 "Making Competit ions"

May 2010            Symposium “Initiating projects“: Barcelona / ES

June 2010           Project Space: Jyväskylä / FI

Nov 2010            Launch Wonderland Magazine #6 "Initiating projects"

Jun 2011            Project Space: Region Wörthersee / A

Oct 2011            Closing Exhibition and Symposium
                    “Managing collaborations”, Vienna / A

Mar 2012            Launch Wonderland Magazine #7 "Managing collaborations"

Press Contact
Sibylle Bader
juicy pool. communication
Sprengersteig 21, 1160 Vienna / Austria
Tel: +43-1-481 54 54 / 55
Fax: +43-1-481-54-54 / 11

                   wond erland – platf orm f or architecture   office@wonderl   Hy po Alpe Adria Bank 52000
                   St. Veiterstraße 146                        www. wonder     0000852 1336
                   A–9020 Klag enf urt                                                 UID: ATU57970333

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