Basics of Urbanism
Aglaée Degros, Anna Bagarić, Sabine Bauer, Radostina Radulova-Stahmer, Mario Stefan, Eva Schwab
Zürich: Park Books, September 2021
Deutsch/Englisch, 244 Seiten, broschiert
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Urban design today is facing a multitude of challenges. Using twelve key terms, this book connects these challenges to projects in this field. It introduces concepts. presents possible solutions, and describes implementation processes. A special focus is put on the interaction of the built environment with living systems—an approach that is slowly gaining acceptance within the urban design community and that is setting aside a primarily building-oriented practice in favor of an increased appreciation of public space.
Basics of Urbanism defines and illustrates parameters with a clearly territorial approach to urban design. Space between buildings is treated as an essential structure for environmental and social change within small-scale neighborhoods and blocks, as well as at the level districts and even entire cities. This approach includes forward-thinking temporal aspects as well as the implementation of existing resources in the creation of new spatial qualities.
With contributions by Markus Bogensberger, Aglaée Degros, Eva Schwab, Marcel Smets. Interviews with Blaz Babnik, Stefan Bendiks, Ilka Cerpes, Harald Gries, Gernot Kupfer, Robert Loher, Claudia Nutz, Ans Persoons, Katarina Psegionnaki, Michael Ryckewaert, Rudolf Scheuvens, Carol Schmitt, Marcel Smets, Maarten van Aacker, Bernd Vlay, Johann Zancanella, and Sibylla Zech.
“The city is not a machine, it is an organism.” Han Meyer
In the online symposium "Where City and Territory Meet...", the Institute of Urbanism and its guests discussed the urgent need and the possibilities for repositioning the discipline. The focus is on the goal of achieving high spatial quality and spatial justice in urbanism with the help of pluridisciplinary and pluridimensional implementation processes.
The one and a half days of the symposium (16th and 17th September 2021) were filled with keynotes by Prof. Aglaée Degros, Prof. Emeritus Marcel Smets, Dr. Eva Schwab and DI Markus Bogensberger, paper sessions with panel discussions, video presentations and a closing plenary with all keynote speakers and the guest of honor Prof. Emeritus Han Meyer.
The recognition of the existing in all its dimensions, including the void, the neutralized or the conflicting, the time, the flows, or the out of field. Metabolizing the invisible aims to install a dialectic between Hard and Soft to open new perspectives. Through the tension between sensitive experiences and data; the critical navigation between scales to identify possible articulations; or the temporalization of situations and uses, notably through experimentation and collaborative processes to ease contradictions... Urban metabolism allows us to question the ecological transition (energy, resources, pollution...), with regard to the hypothesis of the fundamental role of technical meshes in the dimensioning of the future urban fabric.
In order to overcome the blocking effects of the planning modes inherited from the twentieth century, we explore strategies of „post-zoning“ compatibilities. To seek compatibilities between registers of the city that were separated in the name of functionalism, and that today end up considerably reducing the friction between functions. It seems to us that it is precisely here that we can and must reappear situations of presence, of mixity, in short, of public project, even if it is only temporarily.
Location: HS VIII & Webex (virtuel room)
Time: 9 Uhr
Trying things out, leaving routine behind, thinking outside the box and participating - under this productive motto, the city of Sindelfingen is participating in the International Building Exhibition StadtRegion Stuttgart 2027 with two projects at once. Students from the Graz University of Technology (Faculty of Architecture) with a focus on contextualisation and use of resources have been thinking about the conversion of the hospital in the winter semester 2020/2021.
Their ideas for this major urban development project are on display in the City Hall foyer under the title "Transforming City Regions". On display are the concepts developed by the team, designs in thematic blocks, spatial visualisations and 3-D video models as well as the course of the project.
The project was accompanied by Professor Aglaée Degros, Institute of Urbanism, and Professor Tom Kaden, Institute of Architectural Technology - Chair of Architecture and Timber Construction, Graz University of Technology.
Location: City Hall Foyer, Sindelfingen
Time: 05 - 25 July 2021
The Rösselmühle existed in Graz for 750 years and only closed its doors in 2014. Starting with the mill of the bakery "Zum weißen Rößl" in the 18th century, the ensemble was rebuilt several times and extended many times. For decades now, the buildings have shaped the surroundings around Griesplatz. Between the Oeversee and Rösselmühl parks, the geriatric health centre and the post office garage, there remains an open space for a place of encounter and culture in the middle of a residential district. The mill as a reminiscence of a producing economy...
Against this background, the master's thesis aims to find new functions for the ensemble and to conceive a vital and diverse place for the neighbourhood.
The goal is a development plan for a reinterpretation of the buildings with functions that find a place in an industrial monument that characterises the location. The question between preservation and new construction as well as housing and supplementary, also public functions must be answered and a design for revitalisation along the Mühlgang must be planned.
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Is there such a thing as ‘village architecture’, and if so, can we grasp what makes it qualitative? By using the metaphor of architecture as a language, we assume that ‘village architecture’ can be seen as a distinct dialect or even language branch within the broader architectural field. Understanding its’ specific language characteristics and vocabulary allows us to experiment and recombine such architecture as designers working in village contexts. If we accept architecture as the smallest gesture of urban design, we can even start to address challenges such as climate change or mobility transitions from at architectural scale, a scale well suited for villages.
While the transformation of villages is speeding up in Flanders due to population growth, too often the quality of the produced architecture is problematic. In this lecture we look closer at a potential vocabulary of village figures and tactics that contemporary architecture can use to operate within densifying villages.
Ward Verbakel, partner at plusoffice architects and adj. professor at KU Leuven is conducting a PhD research on the urbanism of villages in Flanders.
Location: Webex (virtual room)
Time: 12 o'clock
Webinar for sustainable and smart neighbourhood development in small and medium-sized cities.
- Topic: "The revenge of small and medium-sized cities - learning from the crisis".
- In cooperation with TU Vienna and SIR
- 6 May 2021, from 13:00-15:00 hrs.
- Registration at email@example.com
The webinar serves as preparation for the university course -> www.tugraz.at/go/LLL-SMART
We are experiencing one "crisis" after the next - financial and euro crises, migration flows, climate change and pandemic. These challenges have a significant impact on our cities, communities and our society. In our university continuing education programme "Smart Neighbourhood Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities", we would like to address the urgent demands of urban development on the ground together with the participants and now invite all interested parties to a non-binding webinar as an information event.
On behalf of Prof. Aglaée Degros from the Institute of Urbanism at TU Graz, we would like to invite you to participate in the webinar "The revenge of small and medium-sized cities! Learning from the Pandemic" on Thursday, 6 May 2021, from 13:00-15:00, to shed light on the path towards climate neutrality, digitalisation and sustainable settlement and urban development together with you and our colleagues from TU Vienna and the Salzburg Institute for Spatial Planning and Housing.
We would like to integrate your experiences and concrete expectations into the programme development of the upcoming University Course and connect them with the thematic framework. More information on the University Course can be found online at www.tugraz.at/go/LLL-SMART or in the attached announcement.
The preparatory webinar offers an information overview on relevant topics and tasks of current urban and regional development and opens a discourse on the question "Learning from the Pandemic". The webinar is aimed at employees in the field of urban and regional development, as well as representatives of political parties.
Participation is FREE OF CHARGE. If you are interested, please send your REGISTRATION by 3 May to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEBINAR: Private-law contracts as steering instruments for the mobility turnaround in residential construction
The relationship between housing and mobility plays an increasingly important role as a central field of action for climate protection measures. For a holistic climate- and energy-efficient planning of the residential location, an early consideration and co-planning of mobility concerns and innovative mobility solutions is inevitable, since approx. 80% of all trips start and end at the residential location. This is where the choice of means of transport is decided.
Initial experience suggests that positive steering effects can be achieved primarily through contractual arrangements under private law (e.g., mobility contracts, funds, urban development contracts) between municipalities and project applicants (e.g., investors, developers, owners). Currently, however, the development, application and evaluation of contractually regulated steering and planning instruments is breaking new ground both nationally and internationally.
This is where the Urban MoVe research project comes in. With the help of the analysis and evaluation of first practical examples from Graz and Vienna, the research question is pursued to what extent e.g. mobility contracts and funds are suitable as steering instruments for an interlinked and future-oriented urban and mobility planning and how a new and further development of these instruments can look like against the background of mobility innovations (e.g. sharing & electric mobility, mobility as a service, automated driving). Effects and successes of already implemented practical examples are analyzed in Urban MoVe and form the basis for legal, measure- and actor-related as well as process-related new and further developments of the contractual control instruments. First international best-practice considerations complete the picture, which ensures the transferability of the project results.
In addition to a detailed scientific report, the project will produce a practical and application-oriented guideline to support municipalities, developers, mobility service providers and planners in the development, implementation and evaluation of contractual control instruments (e.g. mobility contracts and funds). In the upcoming webinar, we would like to invite a reflection on the findings and discuss them together.
The campuses of the Technical University are embedded in the urban fabric of Graz. For more than 200 years, extensions to the campuses have met the new demands of teaching and research. The (public) open spaces between the buildings and campuses are not unaffected. In the course of the mobility concept of Graz University of Technology, car parking spaces around the campuses were converted into open spaces.
With this Master's thesis, we now want to once again pay special attention to these spaces in between. The surroundings of our campuses "Neue Technik" and "Inffeldgasse" are to be analysed, similar to international examples that connect and promote teaching, research and innovation, and a pedestrian-friendly campus atmosphere is to be developed. Our places of knowledge and exchange should serve the neighbourhood and the public as well as the everyday life of students and staff. Continuous connections between buildings and campuses in relation to corresponding needs can be formative for the designs. In terms of sustainability, upgrading the TU's public forecourts can also fulfil a social responsibility.
15. March 2021
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Mag. Andrea Teschinegg
Current challenges for spatial planning in Styria.
Local spatial planning with its planning instruments is one of the most important tasks of the municipalities and is carried out by them in their own sphere of action.
However, the municipalities are bound by the legal and other supra-local requirements, whereby the province of Styria advises and accompanies the municipalities, but also reviews the planning of the municipalities for their legality. This can certainly take place in the area of tension between the settlement policy interests of the municipalities and the legal limits.
In the lecture, on the one hand, the activities of the provincial government as a supervisory authority will be examined in more detail and, on the other hand, the issues the province is currently confronted with in the field of spatial planning (climate protection and expansion of renewable energies, natural hazard management, curbing land consumption, mobilisation of building land, etc.) will be presented.
Andrea Teschinegg is a lawyer and heads the Department of Building and Spatial Planning in the Environment and Spatial Planning Division of the Office of the Provincial Government of Styria.
Where: Virtual Room (Link follows after register)
When: 26.01.2021, 5 p.m.
Dr Liu Thai-Ker
Dr Liu Thai-Ker is the Founding Chairman of Morrow Architects & Planners Pte Ltd., providing architecture, urban design and urban planning services. He was the Senior Director of RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd. (1992-2017), CEO and Chief Architect of the Housing and Development Board (1969-1989), CEO and Chief Planner of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (1989-1992) and Founding Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities (2008-July 2020). He is often credited for implementing the successful public housing programme and urbanization of Singapore. For these reasons, since he left the Singapore civil service, he has been invited to plan over 50 cities and many major architectural projects in countries such as China, Russia, Fiji, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Myanmar and Vietnam. Among his various international awards, he has also received The ingapore National Day Award – The Distinguished Service Order, The Singapore Design Council – Golden Jubilee Award and The Singapore Institute of Planners Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.
25 years after the British government left Singapore in 1960, the city basically became a modern city by 1985. This transformation was achieved largely due to very well thought out government policies and a systematic urban planning approach. In other words, Singapore’s urban development story was carried out intelligently. This talk is intended to share Dr. Liu Thai-Ker’s experience with the audience.
Where: Virtual Room (Link follows after registration)
When: 15.12.2020, 2 p.m.
Wouter van der Veur
In his lecture, Wouter will tell you about planning in Amsterdam with a focus on the main challenges in the next decades. Starting with a short insight into the Dutch planning system and tradition he will introduce to you the Structural vision of Amsterdam 2050 with emphasis on its green infrastructure policy. Mobility and public space, „about cycling and fewer cars“, will also be focused on.
By using project examples he will talk openly about the challenges at the implementation
stage and you are very welcome to interact and discuss with him. Wouter van der Veur is Senior City Planner at the Amsterdam Department of Spatial Planning. During his 12 years working for the city he specialized in strategic planning in different fields. He was project leader of important strategic policy documents like the Public Space Vision 2025, the Water Vision as well as the Amsterdam Green Agenda. His most recent occupation was the writing of the Amsterdam Roadmap to Climate Neutrality.
Where: Zoom (Link follows after registration)
When: 19.01.2021, 5 p.m.
"Many cities are planned for men rather than women"
However, urban planning should also be based on statistical values. The needs of users have not yet been sufficiently taken into account in the planning and design of public space. (deutschlandfunknova.de) The lecture gives an overview of Vienna's gender planning approaches relevant to urban development and presents important pilot projects, quality assurance model processes and methodological approaches. It will be related to current urban planning "mainstream" issues such as urban development contracts, climate change adaptation, participation. DI Eva Kail is responsible for gender planning in the City of Vienna in the Buildings and Technology Division of the Municipal Directorate. She coordinated over 60 gender-sensitive pilot projects in the fields of housing, urban development, mobility and the design of public spaces and parks.
Where: Zoom (Link follows after registration)
When: 24.11.2020, 1 p.m.
Michiel Van Balen
The Institut für Städtebau invites you to a digital guest lecture by Michiel van Balen from the placemaking office Miss Miyagi. Placemaking is a process in which maximum synergy is sought between the local stakeholders and the qualities and constraints of the built environment. More than a goal in itself, Placemaking is therefore rather a process and a philosophy that can provide strongly anchored projects with a distinct identity and attractiveness without setting the latter as a goal. Miss Miyagi uses her experience in the development, construction and operation of various complex urban programmes to work with her clients to create an interesting and affordable built environment in which our society can develop sustainably. Miss Miyagi specialises in initiating and coordinating ab-normal real estate projects with social added value, developed for and by its end users. This is why Miss Miyagi supports building owners in the realisation of their real estate project, preferably from concept to completion. Miss Miyagi distinguishes itself by its integrated approach to the content project (the ‚software‘) and the real estate project (the ‚hardware‘). This methodical approach will be shown by the projects „De Hoorn“ and „Hal5“.
Where: Zoom (Link follows after registration)
When: 19.11.2020, 1 p.m.
In which direction will the city of Graz develop? What can spatial planning contribute to the quality of life in our city? What is the role of the citizens? From the point of view of urban planning, what are the major issues and challenges of the future and how will they be dealt with?
The lecture will give a deeper insight into Graz's urban planning, its instruments and tools: the urban development concept, the zoning plan, the spatial model and the development planning. Using current examples, strategies, contents and participation possibilities will be presented and discussed. Eva-Maria Benedikt is an architect, has been working in urban planning since 2005 and has been head of the department of urban development and zoning at the Graz Urban Planning Office since 2015.
Where: Webex (Link follows after registration)
When: 17.11.2020, 5 p.m.
1 position as a University Assistant for 6 years, 40 hours / week, probably 1st December 2020 at the Institute of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology Graz/Austria.
Deadline for applications: 28th October 2020
Conditions of admission:
Completed master's or diploma studies in architecture and/or urban development and spatial planning.
Affinity to and work experience in the institute's main focus areas of urban development, mobility and public space;
very good knowledge of graphic programs;
proven design qualities;
Experience in the visual communication of research results;
Experience in the processing and acquisition of research projects desired;
Teaching experience is an advantage;
English knowledge desired;
Interest in a doctoral programme in the above-mentioned institute's fields of specialisation;
B 1 according to the collective bargaining agreement for university employees; the minimum monthly remuneration for this use is currently € 2,929.00 gross (14 times a year) and may possibly increase on the basis of theprovisions of the collective agreement by taking into account previous experience in specific activities and other remuneration components associated with the special features of the workplace. Graz University of Technology has the strategic goal of increasing the percentage of women especially in management and academic positions, and therefore explicitly encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Until a balanced proportion of women among the staff has been reached, women having equal qualifications to other candidates will be appointed preferentially. The university does not cover the costs of travel to interviews. Application, CV and other relevant documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably electronically, stating the exact job title or reference number, and must be received by the end of the application period at the latest.
The Dean: Petersson
The tourist town of Houffalize is located in the middle of the Ardennes, on the border between Luxembourg and Belgium. The town, with just over 5000 inhabitants, would like to orientate its further development more towards the Ourthe Orientale river and focus more on active mobility. The St. Catherine's Priory, founded in 1243, and facilities in the town are to be restructured and new forms of housing developed.
The tendered Master's thesis is to develop a transformation strategy for this, referring to Austrian best practice examples and building on the results of the participatory workshops already held in the town.
In the development, Austrian good practice examples from rural areas will be used and different concepts will be reinterpreted in Houffalize.
15 November 2020
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Subcentres are centers of urban life, which appear in many different forms: Where historical settlement centers once formed a center and generated a trading place and meeting place, today mostly motor vehicle traffic dominates. However, the quality of public spaces in the Graz suburbs of Andritz, Straßgang, St. Peter, etc. has a decisive influence on the quality of life of their inhabitants. The historical centers of these districts, which are often hardly usable at present, have the chance to become identity-forming spaces of public life!
The promotion of environmentally friendly forms of mobility and an increase in the quality of life are key aspects in their development. The networking of the sub-centres with each other and the problems arising from the settlement of large-scale retail trade are also central challenges. What does a subcentre need? What functions and design requirements must these central locations of the sub-center fulfill? How can functional centers be established and promoted? The result of this study is the location of the Graz sub-centers, the analysis of their urban development significance and the range of public spaces and infrastructures they offer. In addition, recommendations for action or drafts for their transformation into identity-forming district centers with a quality of stay will be developed.
15 November 2020
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As deliveries of goods and commodities for everyday and specific needs are becoming more and more common, hubs at good locations in the city, from which the supraregional supply streams are collected and redistributed, are a sustainable alternative. Neighbourhood or district distribution centres are addressed by load wheels and micro-logistics systems and offer the possibility of a more fluid and controlled delivery traffic, especially outside the usual rush hours. Deliveries during the night hours disentangle the daily peaks in delivery traffic, and in addition, individual traffic at this time of day is hardly relevant. Therefore, the efficient use of existing infrastructure is ideal when fast bike connections transform into logistics routes within the city, for example.
Therefore, the first step of the project is to develop an atlas for urban logistics applications with short distances at night and to find criteria for the planning. A further task is to find and plan a pilot for the application. This is to be defined with details for implementation. Adjustments of building structures, approaches to solving problems and conflicts that arise as well as general effects, spatial expansion and urban sociological consequences of such concepts are to be dealt with.
In this master thesis AVL GmbH is available for the informative exchange of technical requirements, for example for infrastructure.
15 June 2020
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Regional spatial planning and development planning - bilingual lecture
What is regional planning and development ? Which methods and planning instruments exist at regional, national and transnational level? How do regional environmental factors and EU directives play into concrete projects? Who are the acting actors? What is the role of public participation and planning transparency? How can I make a contribution to sustainable regional development?
Starting from their own region of origin, students learn the basics and instruments of regional and development planning in Austria and the EU. They deal with current challenges at the regional level and the possibilities of influencing them.
"Think globally, act locally!" is the motto.
The lecture concludes with the preparation of a press release about their own region of origin.
The successful completion of the course is a qualification for independent work in regional planning.
Citizens in urban development: partner or opponent?
For the success of urban development projects it is crucial to involve citizens from the beginning to the end. But how can this be done without the effort exploding? How can citizens become partners of the architect and not opponents?
This time the working group Urban Development 2 offers the possibility to try out citizen participation. Based on selected quarters in various districts of Graz, fictitious projects will be played out and stakeholders will be actively involved on site. The aim is to identify the opportunities and risks of participation and to be able to apply these to your own projects later on.
Christian Kozina from the Regional Centre for Sustainability (Graz University) is an expert in transdisciplinary participation processes. He is currently organising the Graz citizens' conventions as part of the Cultural Year 2020.
The project Wohnen 4.0, funded by STLReG 2018 & 2019, focuses on combinations of living, working and living in order to strengthen the quality of life in eastern Upper Styria and its existing potential.
The project was initiated by the Regional Management Upper Styria East and was worked on jointly by the Institute for Urban Development of Graz University of Technology and Raumplanungs- und Stadtentwicklungs GmbH.
On the basis of extensive surveys, a general strategy for the development of the region was worked out, which focuses on strengthening the centre and conversion, mobility, accessibility and a diversification of housing forms.
A touring exhibition was organised in cooperation with architects and planners of the pilot projects in five municipalities in Upper Styria that were developed as part of the Housing 4.0 strategy.
Every 2-3 weeks, the informative exhibition will change its location a total of four times within the Upper Styria East region.
"Rethink the meaning of the main street in Trofaiach"
03.02. - 16.02.2020
Simon Mühle | Rossmarkt 6, 8793 Trofaiach
"Develop Kalwang as an attractive place to live for all generations"
17.02. - 01.03.2020
Kulturzentrum Fohlenhof | Fohlenhof 1, 8775 Kalwang
"To make Kapfenberg attractive and accessible as a place of education and living for young people"
16.03. - 29.03.2020
Durchgang zur Abt. Baudirektion
Schinitzgasse 2 | 8605 Kapfenberg
"Strengthen the town centre in St. Stefan o. Leoben as a place to live and work"
30.03. - 13.04.2020
Gemeindesaal im Amtshaus
Dorfplatz 14 | St. Stefan ob Leoben
The accessibility of the large company Magna-Steyr with its thousands of employees demands the infrastructure of the core conurbation of Styria. Forecast expansions and densification in the urban area offer new arrivals to this suburban location of Graz a special potential between the inner-city advantages and the proximity to peripheral recreational opportunities. Between the river Mur and the Raaba railway station there are prominent areas where large-scale business and technological aspects mix with small-scale residential structures. Commonly used spaces offer space for both actors, cooperative overcoming of barriers creates active connections through otherwise closed areas and streets. Liebenau offers a diverse and lively coexistence between Murpark, the southern belt, Magna-Steyr and the motorway.
The definition of functional mixes in the Liebenau district of Graz with sufficient density, the design and distribution of open space qualities as well as visionary urban development are the main focus of the work. New neighbourhoods in the border area between the large company form and the small living areas all around are to enhance the Liebenau district in the south with diverse functions and qualitative spaces and strengthen neighbourly relations.
28. February 2020
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The Institute for Urbanism invites to a Lunch Lecture by Carole Schmit.
The lecture offers a view on the power of hierarchies at play in contemporary metropolitan landscapes. By understanding how fictions change (the perception of) the real, architects can redefine their role in the processes of urban transformation.
By introducing a variety of fictional approaches as strategic tools for emancipating spaces and communities new forms of spatial domination emerge. A series of examples in Luxembourg and abroad will explicit her approach.
Carole Schmit currently teaches as a Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg where she had been in charge of the development of the new Master in architecture. At the same time she is working for the Administration of Public Works on strategic state projects.
For about fifteen years she has developed in her office Polaris for her design and research projects an architectural syntax based on the influences related to street culture, conceptual art and anthropological studies.
Where: HS II
Registration until 28.01.2020 at email@example.com
The Institute for Urbanism invites to a Lunch Lecture by Grégoire Houyet from Atelier 229 Architects in Brussels (Belgium).
Through the description of several projects, the lecture will highlight the relevance of the use of wood in educational buildings.
The studio’s production is based mainly on sustainable public projects. “Pragmatism – rationalism” are the words they describe their work. The architecture aims to be pure and simple, avoiding any free architectural gesture.
In constant research, they emphasizes repetition rather than exception, development rather than testing, the duration to the event, common sense to sophistication.
A229‘s sustainability approach has to be taken in an holistic way and includes urbanism, mobility management, accessibility for all, efficient use of energy and water, responsible use of materials, maximum flexibility, and anticipation of a minimal maintenance.
Grégoire Houyet studied Architecture in Canada and finished his studies in Brussels (Belgium). He was cofounder of Atelier 229 Architects in 2005.
Where: HS II
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The Institute for Urbanism invites to a Lunch Lecture by Katerina Psegiannaki from KUNE Architecture Office in Madrid (Spain).
„In this Lunch Lecture we would like to deepen in the main philosophy of our practice that explores the architectural approaches and interpretations of togetherness.
Our research wants to reinforce forgotten mechanisms, politics and institutions that would transcend 20th century architecture centred on image and monumentality.
Its main purpose is to foster a 21st century architecture and urbanism which emphasizes and revolves around every day synergies, rituals and cooperation, encouraging people to share, connect and collaborate while considering domestic, urban, natural and digital environments as essential extensions of human relationships.“
Katerina Psegiannaki is a PhD Architect teaching Urban Management and Digital Arts in the UCJC University in Madrid. She works as an independent architect in KUNE Office whose main practice focuses on exploring the architectural possibilities of being together. Since 2009 she is a founding member and co-director of HipoTesis magazine.
Where: HS VI
Registration until 26.11.2019 at email@example.com
Traffic Space is Public Space
Book presentation 20.11.2019
Stefan Bendiks/Aglaée Degros
Zurich: Park Books, 2019
German/English, 224 pages, softcover
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Public space is essential to vital cities and inclusive, resilient societies. But how might we create more of it in our densely packed cities? The solution is lying before us: the vast amount of space that can be reclaimed by transforming areas dominated by cars and now congested with traffic into truly public spaces. But before we can do that, we must work toward a better balance between mobility and place: more room for pedestrians and cyclists, much less for cars and trucks transporting both people and goods.
Traffic Space Is Public Space is no traditional book on planning principles in urban design. It won’t give you a rigid set of rules. But it will introduce you to new approaches and strategies to trigger change: networking, shared use of space, a circular urban metabolism and the revitalization of local economies, a participative process involving local businesses, and an appropriate aesthetic.
Packed with inspiring projects from around the world, including some from the authors own urban planning and design firm, Artgineering, Traffic Space Is Public Space offers forward-looking insights into how we can increase the quality of space and thus life in in our cities.
Stefan Bendiks is an architect and urban designer, and co-founder of Brussels-based planning and research firm Artgineering. He also lectures at various European universities.
Aglaée Degros is an architect and urban designer, and a founding partner of planning and research firm Artgineering in Brussels. She also teaches as a professor at the Institute of Urbanism, Graz University of Technology.
Where: Café Martin Auer am Sonnenfelsplatz
Registration until 18.11.2019 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The public spaces of most European cities are still designed in favour of motorised private transport. Traffic areas are almost exclusively oriented towards motor vehicle traffic and even potential recreation areas are increasingly being used as parking spaces for cars. This continuing trend reduces the functionality of public space as a meeting point, lounge and space for active mobility. At the same time, social participation in public life is made more difficult and the use of sustainable forms of mobility is reduced.
The Tactical Mobilism project aims to develop time-limited, simple and cost-effective interventions in the transport sector that make public space usable again as such.
For this purpose we are looking for Master students who want to deal with the development, design and implementation of such interventions for the twin city Villach as well as the elaboration of prototypical and transferable intervention categories for other cities.
16th december 2019
A considerable part of our cities is occupied by areas of moving and stationary traffic. Outdoor parking spaces in particular are highly unecological, space-intensive, mostly monofunctional and often used only part-time. They seal the floors, promote summer overheating and have no added value for city dwellers. At the same time, energy efficiency and climate objectives can no longer be achieved without the inclusion of public spaces. How can such deficient urban areas be transformed into functionally and spatially valuable, superimposed urban spaces through solar-active roofing and innovative street furniture? The focus will be on the qualitative exploration of advantages and disadvantages for urban space and cityscape:
We are looking for Master's students who, using the example of concrete public spaces in Leoben, are investigating the effects that newly developed, solar-active square and street roofings have on the cityscape and urban function and which further synergies they bring with them.
16th november 2019
How to stimulate the sense of materiality by students with the help of a board game about architecture and the construction?
The Institute for Urbanism invites to a Lunch Lecture by François Vermer.
On one hand his lecture will focus on the «material library» organized by him, which is a place for students attending this faculty to have a direct «skincontact». They can feel, touch and weigh the materials used for outdoor design, buildings as well as the main constructive systems of them.
On the other hand he will explain the «board game» they have developed to help young people and students to experience the everyday reality of young working architects. This role play is an opportunity to learn about the fascinating world of urban design, architecture and renovation.
Since 2008 François Vermer is been teaching in ISA-Saint-Luc (Brussels, Belgium) in two different topics : Topography and Earth Sciences (geology and the use of rocks in architecture mostly). He coordinates togehter with his colleague J. Malevez the «material library» of the Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning (LOCI, UCL).
Where: HS V
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The institute for urbanism invites to a lunch lecture by Prof. Alejandro L. Grindlay.
He lectures and conducts research at the University of Granada (Spain) where he also did his Master degree in Urban Planning and Management in 2005. His lecture will focus on the relation between urban mobility and public spaces: The urban mobility has a strong influence in the quality of the urban public spaces.
The higher quality of the urban public transport system implies a higher quality of the urban public spaces. Great investments in public transport systems are generally associated with urban renewals. The limitation of private motorized transport gives more space for pedestrians and better environmental quality. However the motorization figures are still growing and new electric vehicles won’t solve the problems linked to the limited urban space.
There are numerous examples worldwide showing the great urban changes given by the promotion of a more sustainable mobility. Many Spanish cities, such as Granada, have some places linked to different mobility environs and exemplifying those facts.
Where: HS II
Registration until 28.10.2019 at firstname.lastname@example.org
To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. We don’t think about it, we just do it. Perhaps the fact that we don’t think about it, is the key to the bicycle’s success in this country. But because we do not give cycling a second thought, we don’t really know what the deeper needs of cyclists are. In the documentary ‘Why we cycle’ we take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, on societies, and on the organization of cities.
The event is made possible by the kind support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vienna. The film will be shown in its original version with German subtitles.
Where: Rechbauerkino, Rechbauerstraße 6, 8010 Graz
When: 09.10.2019, 18.30 Uhr
Entry: FREE, registration at the Institute of Urbanism required
"GRAZ OPEN ARCHITECTURE" enters the 6th round: The Faculty of Architecture of Graz University of Technology invites you to its annual summer party on 28 June 2019 and to the exhibition of your final theses.
What can urban development look like to attract even more people to the bicycle? With project examples from all over the world, the exhibition Fahr Rad! promotes the gentle reconquest of the city and shows how the road to an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable environment can also lead through the planning of cities and towns suitable for cycling.
Solutions from the cities of Copenhagen, Groningen, Barcelona, New York, the Ruhr area and Oslo will be shown. In addition, the situation of bicycle traffic in Graz and Styria will be referred to.
The Haus der Architektur does not only want to approach the subject of bicycles as a means of transport, but also to deal with the extent to which the confrontation with contemporary urban mobility creates opportunities to discover public space as a new resource. The aim is to rearrange the public space and thus the street space for use by all and to distribute its surfaces in such a way that safe, comfortable and balanced mobility is possible for all people. The exhibition also aims to stimulate an inclusive debate and encourage exchange and cooperation between different actors.
Exhibition opening: 28.05.2019, 19 Uhr
Exhibition duration: 29.05.-14.08.2019
Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10-18 hrs
A theory of the city must attempt to grasp the sphere-forming elements of urban space and at the same time contain the ideas as well as the social motivational structures. Both result in the actions of the city's inhabitants, who weave the invisible symbolic net that lies above the city. The morphology of the city gives us an image of the cultural, social and political structure and history. All together, the ideas, the actions, the forms, result in the material for the discourse of the urban, which comes from the past and will guide us into the future and accompany us incessantly.
The LV deals with a wide range of topics: city as an idea, anthropology of settlement, transition zones, sacred and profane spaces, modern city, connection between urban morphology and society, urbanity, integration.
Famous thinkers from the city of Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Georg Simmel and Henri Lefebvre, Lewis Mumford to contemporary sociologists and philosophers such as Richard Sennett and Peter Sloterdijk will also be discussed.