The Village Project Salzburg
The Village Project is an encyclopedic photographic examination of the village centres in the province of Salzburg. The spherical-photographic image acquisition records the respective village centre topographically and photographically in 360°. Through a distinct photographic systematic, the creation process of all images is equated both formally and technically to ensure the comparability of all individual images. The location of the captures represents the respective community centre, although the author relied on features such as a local square, the local church, the pub, the bus stop, or other relevant indications to define the centre. The arrangement of the photographs follows the lexical order system of the alphabet to guarantee the applicability of this book. In this sense, this publication is a compendium for visually exploring the status quo of municipal centres in Salzburg in 2018 and 2019. The village centre, the Agora, has always been the structural centre of a grown amalgamation, but it is continuously undergoing a process of both structural and social transformation. The architectural nature of these squares can, therefore, be used to extrapolate social developments. This book also clearly illustrates that, on the one hand, there is substantial similarity in the character of these places, but, on the other hand, the differences between the individual centres are more clearly perceptible. It should be noted that through the structures' protagonisation, some of which are perceived as given, a completely different significance is achieved and this project places them at the focus of a discussion that examines, among other things, the living environment. This living space is to be understood as broadly set and opens up questions on social, societal, as well as structural and traffic-related topics. The Village Project can be seen as an investigation of the community centres, which provides the observer with a tool for travelling through the federal state of Salzburg on the one hand, and for concluding on the current centres' structure on the other through the visual, comparable documentation of all villages. In this sense, I wish you a visually and contentwise exciting reading.