‘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.
VITALITY. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.