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.


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

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.


Sonneneinstrahlung auf eine Fassadenfläche © Martin Kaftan, IGE 2017


Design rules in the early planning phase of building-integrated photovoltaics

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.


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.


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

Curatorial Design: Ein Zwischenraum

Curatorial Design - a place between

Curatorial Design vereint zwei ausgeprägte Wirkungsfelder, das Kuratorische und das Design im Sinne des Architekturentwurfs, um ein Gebiet wechselseitiger produktiver Beeinflussung zu schaffen. Das Kuratorische bezeichnet dabei einen Zwischenraum, der keiner spezifischen Disziplin angehört, eine Praxis der Wissensproduktion durch Auswahl und neuartige Verknüpfung von bereits Bestehendem.


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.


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.


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.


© 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.


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


Smart Modernization Terrassenhaussiedlung

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.


© 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.


© Christian Pichlkastner


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.


© 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.



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.


© Christian Pichlkastner


VELIA - Applications of Velcro Systems in Architecture

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


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.


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.



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.


© Daniela Brasil


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.


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.


© Institute of Spatial Design

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.


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.


Lightning contact

Art in the high-voltage lab



Advancing Digital and Regional Interactions in Art Teaching


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.



Development and design-related potentials of Schirmitzbühel housing estate.


Light Life

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


© Institute of Spatial Design

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.


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.


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

High Density and Living Comfort

Requirements of Dense Housing Areas


Out-inverse camera obscura

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


G4C - Smart Green


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


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.


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.


© paul-ott

Improving lighting in hospitals

Lighting design to enhance general illumination of patient rooms.


Rurban City: Design your free local menu!

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


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.


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.


Logo, Brewery Gratzer © Robert Schrempf

Gratzer logo

Filigree characters made of UHPC


© Institut of Spatial Design

floating island danube

concretesandwich construction



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


Integral E+

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


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.


Non-Standard architecture using ornaments and plane elements

Towards aesthetic control in segmenting curved surfaces


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Concrete Concrete

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


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.


Research Projects

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