© VSBA "I AM Recycled" © PKMN Architectures (2014)

CBT - Counterintuitive Building Types

Counterintuitive Building Types – Innovation Potentials for Sustainable Transformation of Commercial and Retail Locations


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© stdb, TU Graz

PeriSponge

Potentials of peri-urban mobility spaces as sponge territories for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Das Forschungsprojekt zielt darauf ab, die Klettverbindung in ihrer doppelten Funktion als Verbindungssystem und Energieerzeuger zur autarken Versorgung aktiver Sensorik zu erforschen und anfallende Daten, wie beispielsweise Lasten hinsichtlich „Predictive Modeling“ und deren Übertragungszyklen, zu untersuchen.


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© stdb, TU Graz

Fußgänger*innen

Pedestrian Strategie Styria

Das Forschungsprojekt zielt darauf ab, die Klettverbindung in ihrer doppelten Funktion als Verbindungssystem und Energieerzeuger zur autarken Versorgung aktiver Sensorik zu erforschen und anfallende Daten, wie beispielsweise Lasten hinsichtlich „Predictive Modeling“ und deren Übertragungszyklen, zu untersuchen.


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Piezo textile long term test © IAT, TU Graz

Piezo-Klett

The project investigates the Velcro connection as a connecting system, as well as an energy generator, for the self-sufficient supply of active sensors, and the resulting data, e.g. loads, with regard to predictive modeling and their transmission cycles.


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© Tobias Gruber/IGL, TU Graz

Architecture in the Classroom

The central task of the BauKultur Steiermark association is communicating Baukultur, or building culture, relevant topics and bringing the significance of a sustainable and high-quality designed environment closer to a young audience. In order to reinforce the previous activities and efforts, and at the same time to place them on a broader base, the Institute of Design and Building Typology at TU Graz has developed several various pedagogical exercises on behalf of the association.


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Interior wall system © IAT, TU Graz

Joining Cards

The aim of the "Joining Cards" project, which is being implemented by the IAT, is to research into the joining of paper materials. The research is conducted with regards to and based on the development of structural interior systems.


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Circular economy in the construction industry © IAT, TU Graz

City Remix

The aim of the project is to identify, reuse and recycle potentials of the building stock in Graz, in order to initiate the transformation of the citys construction sector towards a circular economy. To this end, the city of Graz is viewed as a closed resource system and the existing building stock is prepared in the form of a digital 3D model.


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© Carmen Auer

Dolpo

Buddhist Architecture in the Western Himalayas

The extensive collection of research material on Buddhist Architecture in the Western Himalayas compiled at Graz University of Technology over the last two decades as part of FWF-funded projects, focuses on the survey and documentation of religious monuments which are related to the Second Diffusion of Buddhism in the 10th and 11th centuries, when political power shifted toward the western borders of the Tibetan cultural world to Northern India and Western Tibet.


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Green City © Markus Monsberger/stdb, TU Graz

Urban MoVe

The research project Urban MoVe investigates the extent to which private-law provisions (e.g. mobility contracts, mobility funds, urban development contracts) qualify as municipal planning and management tools for mobility in residential areas.


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© IGE, TU Graz

VITALITY District

The project will not only make an extensive contribution to achieving the climate goals in the city of Vienna and subsequently the Republic of Austria, but also create a decisive innovative edge for Austrian stakeholders in this field.


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Mycera – Connected Structure © Shapelab/IAM, TU Graz

Mycera: The Growing Material

As part of a research project with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) titled “Material- and Structurally Informed Freeform Structures,” the Institute of Architecture and Media are researching a new type of organic building material within a special research field in cooperation with eight other research groups at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Innsbruck.


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Reinforced Concrete Lightweight Ceiling © Robert Schmid/ ITE, TU Graz

Reinforced Concrete Lightweight Ceiling – Atelier Hans Kupelwieser at Schloss Lunz am See

The Institute of Structural Design (ITE) has been working intensively over the years on various research projects concerning the development of construction methods that enable the optimized use of materials in the building industry.


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© ITE, TU Graz

3D WELDING - Additive Fabrication of Structural Steel Elements

The FFG project “3D Welding: Additive Manufacturing of structural Steel Elements” should investigate the potential for 3D printed metals within the field of construction.


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ParaSol © stdb, TU Graz

ParaSol. Multifunctional Solar Car Park and Street Canopies in Leoben

A considerable proportion of our cities is occupied by areas of both moving and stationary traffic.


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Traveling Exhibition in Trofaiach © stdb, TU Graz

More Than Living 4.0

Challenges to the quality of life for residents of small towns and cities, as well as issues of socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable rural development, have increasingly become a topic for politics, planning, and research.


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© Holger Neuwirth

Ferdinand Schuster (1920-1972) | The Architectural Oeuvre

Im OeNB-Forschungsprojekt „Ferdinand Schuster (1920–1972) Das architektonische Werk“ werden architektonische Dokumente, Abbildungen, Schriften und Pläne erfasst und erschlossen, um den Beitrag von Ferdinand Schuster als Architekt, Theoretiker und Hochschullehrender zur österreichischen Nachkriegsarchitektur zu dokumentieren.


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© ITE, TU Graz

DDMaS // Digitizing the Design of Masonry Structures

In dem kooperativen Forschungsprojekt „DDMaS // Digitizing the Design of Masonry Structures“ forscht ein gemischtes Team, aus Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft, an der Entwicklung einer realitätsnahen digitalen Modellierung von Mauerwerksstrukturen, in einer branchenüblichen Softwareumgebung.


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Master Module in Art, Science and Technology (EU MAST)

Das MAST-Projekt wird ein angewandtes Studienmodul an den Schnittstellen von Kunst, Wissenschaft und Technologie entwickeln und dabei Methoden und Praktiken kombinieren, die den akademischen Bereich eng mit den Industriebereichen der Kultur- und Kreativsektoren (CCS) verbinden. Das MAST-Projekt wird eine kompetente Perspektive auf die historische, ökonomische, soziale und vor allem kulturelle Relevanz dieser interdisziplinären Mischung innerhalb des neuen digitalen Wandels anwenden und dabei innovative, IKT-gestützte Lehr- und Lernmethoden anwenden.


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The Most Beautiful Machine, modeled on Shannon's Ultimate Machine, 2003 © Hanns-Martin WagnerX

The Incomputable

‘The Incomputable’ will investigate the genealogies of interrelation between cybernetics and subjectivity, and the resonances of this relation within the contemporary conditions of data-driven culture. In this new epistemic regime, human subjectivity enters into a dialectic of paradoxical ‘asymmetric symmetry’ when it comes to regimes of self-regulation, control and transparency.


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Example of a Smart City Neighborhood © Radostina Radulova-Stahmer/stdb, TU Graz

Technical Tours Smart Cities 2014-2018

The publication Technical Tours Smart Cities 2014-2018 is a project report produced as part of the “Stadt der Zukunft – City of Tomorrow” program; it summarizes the most important findings of the Technical Tours from 2014 to 2018.


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Sonneneinstrahlung auf eine Fassadenfläche © Martin Kaftan, IGE 2017

VITALITY

In the planning process of buildings an early and integrative planning guideline is required to successfully implement Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). Currently existing shortcomings are a lack of tools and a lack of a set of rules that can be easily applied in order to support especially those planners at an early stage who are not experienced in PV.


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Die Tempelanlage von Alchi in Ladakh/Nordindien. Räumliches Modell auf Basis digitaler Vermessungen. © Neuwirth/Auer

Buddhist Architecture in the Western Himalaya

Dolpo is a region, culturally influenced by Tibet and encompasses four valley situated in the territory bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region (China). More than 90 percent of this area is over 3,500 meters above sea level. Less than 5,000 people reside here, with Dolpo exhibiting the lowest population density of all Nepalese areas. The research project will be concentrated on the Nankhong Valley in northern Dolpo, since it is here that the oldest architectural structures remain.


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Dan Perjovschi, Radical Museology, 2013 © Claire Bishop, Dan Perjovschi and Koenig Books London

Curatorial Design: A Place Between

Curatorial Design brings together two distinct spheres, that of curating and that of design in its wider significance, in order to define an area of mutually productive impact. 'Curatorial' indicates an in-between space that does not belong to any particular discipline—the practice of producing knowledge by selecting and relating what already exists in a novel way.


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© i_w, TU Graz

insight/inside out_murtal

Shifts in economic and social prerequisites in rural and urban regions, provincial towns and villages determine each other, the thereby caused demographic, economic and social changes confronts rural regions with existential questions.


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© i_w, TU Graz

insight/inside out_gries

The city of Graz is currently carrying out a preparatory process in order to determine the contents of a potential architectural competition for a spatial design of Griesplatz. Participatory elements, town planning considerations as well as extensive research activities will be developed in this process. The Graz University of Technology is a partner in the research process which will stretch for over three semesters starting in autumn, 2015.


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Vertical Farm © Daniel Podmirseg 2016

Vertical Farming

Increasing urbanisation and strong population growth with increasingly higher demand on fresh and high-quality food - produced environmentally friendly and in a sustainable manner - requires new solutions regarding crop cultivation and a strong programmatic densification of urban areas. One of these solutions is a resilient and liveable urban design through intensification in urban vertical food production.


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© Bernd Hausegger

Intensified Density

In our project “Intensified Density”, which is part of the research programme “Stadt der Zukunft” (City of the Future), we would like to investigate whether a small scale densification strategy for the suburbs / intermediary cities, using modular construction, and existing infrastructure on empty plots of land, can offer a competing alternative to not only the sprawl of single family dwellings but also to large projects which apply technology to achieve sustainable architecture and urban planning.


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Photography and thermography of Terrassenhaussiedlung Graz © Alexander Eberl, IGE based on a photo by Walter Kuschel, Werkgruppe Graz

SONTE

The Terrassenhaussiedlung in Graz-St. Peter is the largest and internationally best-known housing estate of Styria, housing more than 500 apartments and more than 1000 residents. After 40 years of use, the issue of modernization in terms of energy and sustainability is being assessed.


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© Konrad Frey

FWF Sun Houses - The Solar Houses of Konrad Frey

Environmental Research and Solar Design Knowledge: The unifying theme is to rethink modern premises, like functionality and flexibility, environmental control versus responsive, well-tempered environments, in terms of regional contingencies and sustainable resource use.


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© Christian Pichlkastner

COEBRO

Additive Fabrication of CONCRETE ELEMENTS BY ROBOTS is a foundational research project. An interdisciplinary team of architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers and material technologists ask scientific questions about and research the resource efficiency usage of concrete with 3D printing technology within the construction industry.


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© Martin Grabner

SCP - Smart City Project Graz Middle

The "Smart City Project Graz Mitte" is intended to be a premier, demonstrating new urban energy technologies for a smart zero-emission quarter offering great quality of life.


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UNAB

Sustainable Designprocess & Integrated Facades

The UNAB project aims at the "Implementation of sustainable construction through optimized project management processes and integral building envelopes” by an interfaculty and interdisciplinary cooperation between Graz University of Technology and project partners from industry.


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© Christian Pichlkastner

VELIA

VELIA - Applications of Velcro Systems in Architecture

In a research project, applications for velcro systems in construction industry will be investigated.


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adaptive facade © IGE 2015

Smart Facades

Energetic Potentials of Adaptive Facade Systems

The building skin as a system boundary between the internal and external space is highly responsible for the gain or reduction of loads and hence for a comfortable indoor climate, which shall be maintained in the most energy efficient way as possible.


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Augmented Parametrics

Simulation and Expert Knowledge in Parametric Design

This research project is about parametric design in architecture. More specifically, it focuses on the integration of expert information and digital simulation into a parametric modelling system for digitally fabricated wood constructions.


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STELA

The project STELA: Smart Tower Enhancement Leoben Austria deals with the comprehensive thermal and technical renovation and upgrading of living quarters designed in the 70's on the example of a residential complex in Judendorf Leoben.


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© Daniela Brasil

Aquatopia

The children’s research submarine

In the summer of 2013, a submarine docked at the Karmeliterplatz, Graz and the Museumsquartier, Vienna; bringing an atmosphere of experimental research and playfulness to the public space.


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Tomorrow´s waste recovery centres

The demand for a new waste recovery centre concept in Styria is certainly no small challenge with regard to design and regional planning - this project is about how waste recovery centres in Styria could look like in future.


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UHPC Shell

In a near-basic research project, an interdisciplinary team consisting of architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers and materials technologists are required to scientifically prepare the entire process of planning and implementing an UHPC concrete shell construction made up of precast components.


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EM = S / AN

The research project aims to gather information on different levels and scales in order to enable a comparison of variants during construction tasks, and thus to aid decisions concerning renovation or demolition and new-build.


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Lightning contact

Art in the high-voltage lab


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Adriart

Advancing Digital and Regional Interactions in Art Teaching


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Großreifling Building Research Project

This building research project’s goal was to survey the client’s objects in the Upper Styrian community of Großreifling, many of which are disused, in order to draw attention to, and ultimately, to revitalise that material cultural heritage.


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Schirmitzbühel

Development and design-related potentials of Schirmitzbühel housing estate.


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Light Life

LED effectiveness research – research on gender-specific effectiveness of LED lamps


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Folding canopy

The aim of the project is the basic investigation and trial -based study of a novel form of convertible shell consisting of foldable surfaces.


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City Openings

The aim of the “City Openings” research project is to develop an opening system to improve natural ventilation in Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings.


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Tony‘s organic house © Bartsz Kolonko/Playze Architects, 2013

High Density and Living Comfort

Requirements of Dense Housing Areas


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Out-inverse camera obscura

This research project focuses on the Camera Obscura phenomenon in specific spatial situations.


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G4C - Smart Green

Green4cities

Aim of the Green4cities project is to develop an internationally utilisable evaluation method and a planning tool for cities.


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Urban Solar House

The concept of this research project is to expand the possibilities of solar houses in densified urban areas and thus to establish utilisable solar energy potentials for the sustainable heat supply of residential buildings.


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Save Dangkhar

The main purpose of this project is to generate an accurate and detailed record of the old monastic complex and to take its many aspects of architecture and design into equal consideration.


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© paul-ott

Improving lighting in hospitals

Lighting design to enhance general illumination of patient rooms.


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Rurban City: Design your free local menu!

“Design your free local menu!” is an initiative that emerged from fruitmap.at, an online platform that aims to raise awareness for nature in our city centres.


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Wanla-Temple in Ladakh, Northern India

The Swiss foundation, “THE ACHI ASSOCIATION”, is dedicated to the research and maintenance of sacred monuments belonging to the Drigung-Kagyu order in Northern India. Back in 1998, TU Graz was commissioned to research five temples in Ladakh.


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Social warmth: Styrian Common Land Co-operative (Allmende Styria). Waste heat as a resource

This project deals with the topic of waste heat as an energy resource and is seen as a contribution to the discussion on how to handle energy and social responsibility.


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Logo, Brewery Gratzer

Gratzer logo

Filigree characters made of UHPC


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© Institut of Spatial Design

floating island danube

concretesandwich construction


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CULTEMA

CULTEMA is a project that analyses and classifies historical facilities and buildings in order to foster and upgrade cultural heritage resources.


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Integral E+

This project can can bring together local knowledge of handicrafts and agriculture, as well as practical action, academic curiosity and scenario approaches.


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Ventilation principles

Analyses of case studies will show how different ventilation principles can be achieved and what relevance they have for the creative style and comfort of buildings.


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Non-Standard architecture using ornaments and plane elements

Towards aesthetic control in segmenting curved surfaces


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Illustration taken from “Steirische Landbaufibel” published in 1948 by the Heimatschutz association in Styria, with altered colouring

Identities - Politics - Architecture

The aim of the research project was to investigate the development of "Heimatschutz" in Styria from its beginnings until the present day, both exemplarily and from an interdisciplinary perspective.


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G-Processing - Geometric competences in architectural education

The aim of this research work was to define the content, methods and didactical approaches of the new discipline “Architectural Geometry” and to prepare it for use in architectural programmes offered by technological faculties.


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Sustainable living in high density structures in tropical and subtropical regions

This project is based on co-operation with Asian universities such as the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and Tongji University Shanghai. It provides a basis for further research projects in four areas of work of the Institute.


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Vertical farming

This research project investigates the potentials of specific vertical farm typologies with respect to energy efficient synergy potentials in connection with the urban environment.


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Urban form and energy

During research into various different hypothetical urban models, studies were conducted to determine the optimum degree of urban density from the perspective of energy efficiency.


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Hyper building city

In response to approaching challenges and strategies for a spatial, temporal and digital densification, this research project develops vertical structures as a concept that covers all essential infrastructural elements of a society, including energy production, food production and the industry.


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The cultural construction of concrete

Despite its omnipresence, exposed concrete is hardly met with indifference. Ever since its revival towards the end of the 19th century, concrete has absorbed all sorts of symbolic connotations, even on the political level.


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Concrete Concrete

This research project focuses on analysing projects in which concrete was used in a certain grammatical way.


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ONE2ONE Minimal housing

The aim of this research project is to develop standardised and industrially producible elements that will facilitate the construction of residential buildings within a system.


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Research Projects
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Here you find a compilation of all completed and current research and development projects at the Faculty of Architecture.