The course discusses the interrelations of structure, form and space with the aid of actual architecture projects. The aim is also to evaluate the final design by assessing structure, form or space. Is there truth in construction? How much fake can the viewer stand?
Building land and resources are becoming scarce and soil sealing is becoming an already noticeable problem. Against this backdrop, how can we deal with abandoned sites of commercial, industrial or military use that have lost their use? Land recycling can provide a significant alternative to building on greenfield sites.
Land reserves and the availability of designated building sites within Munich‘s city limits are becoming scarce, as is affordable housing and open space for culture.
Meanwhile, the city possesses abandoned sites with historic background, which are already in a reactivation phase, such as the disused Pfannigelände at the Ostbahnhof, whose festive interim use as Kulturpark Ost is already over, because the area is being transformed into the Werksviertel offering spaces for living,offices,culture and sports. Traces of the original use but also of the former partylife can still be seen today in an exciting mix on the site. The former Katzenberger concrete plant in Obersendling is also currently in interim use. Sugar Mountain is the name of the non-profit project and acts as a place of encounter and interaction until an investor wants to realize profitable apartments here in the near future.
The question now is, what remains of the culture-talking character of such interim uses? Why can‘t such a place simply be permanent?
Let´s give Munich a lively spot for athletes and creative people, offering spaces of opportunity with multi-layered potential for longterm. A variety of uses that can interlock synergistically and become a place of exchange with an inspiring atmosphere. A dynamic place with a diverse identity, that people like to visit for moving, being creative, where different cultural scenes can meet and complement each other, with permanence far beyond a short-term use.
In this way, the reintegration of the underused area can not only become an enrichment for the city of Munich and for the immediately adjacent surrounding area, but also a future-oriented pilot project for space-efficient and resource-saving construction!
Excercise in 7-9.Semester
At a time when resources and raw materials are becoming rare, the challenge is to combine a lack of uses, as well as living space, with the issue of CO2 reduction and minimisation of building materials. Accordingly, our assignment this semester deals with the living space and everyday life of residents of a social housing building, a prefabricated housing estate. In this master's studio, we will address the question of how we can discover potentials and qualities in already existing structures and develop them anew in the structure of use, functions, and functional areas, as well as expand them beyond their mono-functionality.
Which inscribed merits can be extracted from an existing structure and strengthened in a post-war modern building fabric with 21st century means and technologies? How can the "standard" of these spatial organisations be qualitatively supplemented and, in the context of sustainability and diversity of use - contrary to the monofunctional aspirations of modernity - transformed, as well as condensed, to the environment and the living environment of socio-economic requirements?
The aim is to analyse the substance, construction, and structural logic of the Karl-Maisel-Hof in the Viennese district of Simmering, or more precisely, a section of the settlement, and then to renovate it in terms of (architectural) quality, construction technology and building technology to meet the requirements - beyond thermal improvement - of living, working and leisure activities and to put it to mixed use.
Productive City Winnenden
Winnenden is planning a dense, mixed-use quarter on an area of 5,5 hectares. The plot is located in the southwest of the city where fruit-growing and agriculture meet with commerce and industry. There, a new neighbourhood is to be created. At the same time, it gives access to more residential and productive space and fits well with the surroundings. Due to its proximity to the railway station and the junction of the B14 main road, the area has good preconditions for this. 
In spring 2021, JOTT architecture and urbanism located in Frankfurt am Main won the open urban planning competition organised by the city of Winnenden and the IBA'27. The design for a productive and liveable urban city of the future mixes areas for industry, commerce, housing and leisure within new types of dense and urban building blocks that are embedded in generous, commonly used open spaces. Thus, the district becomes both a commercial and residential area. 
Based on this Competition Result, the professorship of architecture and timber construction, in cooperation with the IBA'27, will focus on this new neighbourhood. Each individual block and it’s potential of the newly conceived typology will be examined in detail within this Master Studio 21/22.
How does the residential program relate to the commercial program? Witch role has the public space between commercial access roads and small agricultural areas within the new neighbourhood? How are roof areas are being used? Does service- and productive areas on the ground floors lead to a desertification of the floor level and its surrounding public space? How can we plan a resource-saving timber construction? What is the recycling potential of this new build environment? What challenges does the hybrid timber construction have to face in connection with the intended use, and what standards must be questioned in the process?
The aim of the course is a detailed representation of this new development in Winnenden.
Scales 1:500 - 1:25
The course involves analysing the structure of different building typologies and their interaction in the context of time and place. Specific parameters are elaborated in connection with the requirements they need to fulfil and classified as characteristic groups. After that, possibly new combinations are developed in relation to various different scenarios.
The course builds on the basic knowledge that students acquired during the bachelor degree programme in courses such as Artistic Design 1 and Artistic Design 2. In-depth discussion of techniques of art and design, linking to knowledge and practice with methodological research approaches in terms of form and content. This course is distinctly interdisciplinary and intended to be carried out in cooperation with other institutions of Graz University of Technology as well as other universities. Focus points are integrated art-based research within the ambit of technology research, keeping and developing an open eye for the overall world changed through technological development.
Within the framework of the course, the selected research areas and future technologies will be analyzed with regard to the building design of the master studio. An understanding of constructive, systemic and logistical relationships results from these examinations.
Spatial definitions are created when geometric elements are arranged into a perceptible structural framework, thus entering into a tangible relationship which links all the parts to form a whole. This seminar investigates the interaction of space and structure based on architectural projects and also conveys different principles of order of architectural space in relation to its architectural concept.
Challenges and problems of constructing multi-storey buildings with timber are investigated on the basis of real projects. For this purpose, advantages and disadvantages in terms of design, statics, construction, building physics and fire protection will be discussed.
The aim is to gain knowledge about design strategies for multi-storey timber construction and to make them applicable to student’s design works.
Pro Holz Student Trophy 2022
In response to the well-known challenges of urban areas such as increasing population, land consumption due to urban sprawl and growing demand for infrastructure, this year's focus will be on enhancing the urban fabric by adding building structure and further construct the existing buiding stock. Different planning areas in Munich, Berlin and Vienna are available for selection. In the course, participation in the proHolz Student Trophy 22 will be offered and supervised. proholz-student-trophy.at
In the building trade, project management combines project management and project steering. It involves the co-ordination of all necessary planning and construction processes required for the realisation of a building. Important task areas of project management include general project management basics and the core tasks of building project management: development of the project structure, project organisation, project communication, scheduling, cost management, quality and contract management.