transparadiso is working on Paradise Enterprise, a project set in the long-vanished paradise garden of the former convent in Judenburg, from 2012 to 2104. With the aid of artistic tools and strategies transparadiso deploys the method of Direct Urbanism to develop long-term perspectives for municipalities. Based on the one-time paradise garden of the former convent, it is planned to implement various artistic, urban interventions along the river Mur. All of these interventions are regarded as urban instruments designed to spotlight the qualities of this area of the river Mur that has rather fallen by the wayside.
The interventions are coordinated together with planning of this valuable urban area, which has already commenced. In order to develop future prospects above all for young people, transparadiso formulated a two-stage concept whose first step is to get young people actively involved through urban interventions. A longer-term concept for developing Judenburg is elaborated on this basis, taking social issues into account. In order to open up new perspectives for Judenburg at the necessary level of complexity, transparadiso is preparing the context for art projects in public space.
transparadiso was founded by Paul Rajakovics (architect and urbanist) and Barbara Holub (artist) as a platform for advanced urban practice in 1999. transparadiso researches and develops strategies for action and communication regarding current questions of urban planning. The focus is on interdisciplinary links between art, urbanism and architecture, theory and practice. Alongside urban planning and urban design, Direct Urbanism is a third method of implementing sociocultural projects, particularly in small and mid-sized cities.