Logistic Landscapes

Logistic Landscapes

Peripheral environments surrounding our cities are mostly crossed by car. Those places are not existent on our mental maps, they are the opposite of highly frequented city centres. Logistic Landscapes can be characterized as the most faded-out backside of the staged ‘city of spectacle’.
The process of walking itself is used as a tool, a filter to change the perception of this special landscape.

Melanie Leitner, Linz, Austria

LOGISITC LANDSCAPES
Everybody knows them, but nobody acknowledges them, especially professionists such as architects; You just see them, as a passenger, if you enter or leave a city , but you are surrounded by them. Those buildings frame highway bypasses and railways. In their monumental triteness THEY are blocking the view on landscapes. THEY are infrastructural buildings, not-decorated sheds, if to speak with Robert Venturi, the architectural output of the service - based industry. Nowadays this buliding typology forms a new category of landscape, the logistical landscape.

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Peripherical environements , sourround our cities, are mostly crossed by car. Those places are not existent on our mental maps, they are the opposite of highly frequented city centres which attract people with diverse offer. Logistic Landscapes can be characterized as the most faded out backside of the staged ‘city of spectacle’.

The goal of my work highlights the phenomena of the logistical landscapes on the southern city - boarder of Linz; especially the space on the highway a1 (Westautobahn) between Asten and Sattledt. The change of perspective is made by strolling around those areas. The process of walking itself is used as a tool, a filter to change the perception of this special landscape. Little details catch the eye of the strollologist, who understands to read them in a new global context. This field research tries to understand the connection of Micro and Macro and brings to light, what usually stays in the dark.

My work is a selection of walks and a collection of knowledge, that I gained while understanding those areas. It can be seen as only a snap - shot, which allows some deductions on the behaviour of our society. Suddenly these spaces become spaces of new possibilities, to discover freedom, anonymity and width. One can escape the staged city, and occupy those spaces. The results of this work can be seen as a call and hint to discover those logistical landscapes for ones purposes.

(Images: Copyright Bernhard Stadlbauer)

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Melanie Leitner, Linz, Austria

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