Europan Austria


Europan – An innovative idea competition for young architects and urbanists under the age of 40

What: Lecture by Katharina Urbanek
When: Wednesday, 06.03.2019, 6pm
Where: Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz, HS VIII

After the lecture we can offer a lively discussion and free beer.

Two Vacancies

The Institute of Urbanism currently has two vacancies to fill, one of which must be filled as a replacement for parental leave.

Admission conditions:
Master's or diploma degree in architecture and/or urban planning and spatial planning.

Desired qualifications:
- Content affinity and work experience in the institute's main areas of urban planning, mobility and public space.
- Didactic skills and willingness to prepare and conduct courses
- Interest in doctoral studies in the above-mentioned research areas, as well as in the participation in research projects of the Institute
- Strength in visual communication (graphics, photography) desired
- Teaching experience is an advantage,
- English language skills (written/oral) desired

B 1 under the collective agreement for university employees; the monthly minimum remuneration for this use is currently € 2,864.50 gross (14 times per year) and may increase on the basis of the provisions of the collective agreement as a result of the crediting of previous experience specific to the job and other remuneration components linked to the specific features of the job.

Applications, curricula vitae and other documents must be sent to, preferably electronically, stating the exact name of the position or the reference number, and must be received by the end of the application period at the latest.

Application deadline: 13 March 2019
Further information:

New Lecture


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.

Manfred Russo

CREATIVE AUSTRIA video portrait with Aglaée Degros


Video portrait with deputy Aglaée Degros by Creative Austria

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How to search for opportunities among small scale projects, competitions and new collaborations.

In planning we are always considering the existing edge conditions, prevalent problems, possible opportunities and we try to find the viable changes in built environment, that would somehow make everything work out. Not much is different trying to make the projects run smoothly, sending in competition entries on time and getting new commissions. What remains challenging is how to find a way to jump between detail and urban project, from discussing details to considering many years of undefined urban development, and at the same time trying to establish a guiding line in practice.
Blaž Babnik Romaniuk is the founder and works at Obrat d.o.o., an architectural and urbanistic office from Ljubljana with ever changing constellations of collaborators. In trying to establish his practice, he is mainly preoccupying himself with small scale projects and urban planning. He and his team are the winners of Europan 13 in Vienna and Runners-up in the following Europan session.

Location: HS VIII
Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Mixing ratios for the productive city

Even though the credo of the "productive city" has been proclaimed everywhere in recent years, we are confronted with the question in everyday business of urban planning: what else is there besides living? How can forces of mixing be mobilized if nobody asks for it? If urban development is primarily driven by an overheated housing market, how can we continue to think about spaces of working and producing? How can work be protected from the "approaching housing" everywhere, how and where can it find space in the house, in the neighborhood and in the city?

StudioVlayStreeruwitz has been working at the interface of architecture, urbanism and research since 2009. The main focal points of the work are, on the one hand, the development of urban planning strategies for large-scale developments (such as the North Station Vienna) and, on the other hand, the planning of innovative housing concepts in subsidized and privately financed areas. The question of the urban potential of the housing program ("living plus") plays a key role here. Increasingly, however, "the other" of living - work, production - is in the foreground, perhaps precisely because in the current urban development it usually shines through its absence. StudioVlayStreeruwitz is co-author of the FFG Smart City research project "Mixture: Possible!" And the follow-up project "Mixture: North Station" as well as the concept of "Productive City" of the City of Vienna.

Location: HS 12
Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Campus as a meeting place

The "Inffeld Campus" is the third, most modern and largest location in the genesis of the TU Graz. Characteristic is the location, which is explained by the required space - outside the city center, in the city expansion area of ​​the late 20th century. Due to the large amount of available local space, the area has been transformed into a rather uncontrolled campus with an abundance of unused open spaces, which are mainly used as parking areas. The campus follows the basic concept of a "pavilion system" with solitary buildings, which unfortunately lacks a noticeable center and networking with the "non-university" neighborhood. The development of the area is exclusively via the open spaces and the EC zones of the buildings. Due to the unused open space potential, lack of catering, lack of sports facilities and lack of meeting places for students, staff and residents of the area, the campus proves to be less communicative, lively and social. Therefore, the Sustainability Council of the Graz University of Technology, the HTU and the Institute for Urban Development decided to bring the campus to life, to break the boundaries to the neighborhood, to activate the EC zones of the buildings and the unused open spaces. This can only work by reprogramming these public spaces.

The master's thesis has the task of developing a strategy for social activation and urban development based on the EC zone and the open spaces of the campus. In this context, a sustainable transition concept for the gradual revitalization and development of the campus is to be developed.

Accesible guest gardens in Graz

The focus of the Master's thesis is the public everyday space, culinary art and people with disabilities. Many of us like to spend a moment or two in an outdoor dining area, whether it's for dining, meeting friends, or simply enjoying and watching. Guest gardens are a central and important part of our urban public life, they are meeting place, center of enjoyment and communication. They enliven and characterize our urban space, but design and access often prove to us as useless and as a daily challenge for many people. It usually takes a corresponding amount of space, furniture and help to reach the desired goal in the first place and to be able to use. In order for people with disabilities to be able to live a "life like others", which above all means "self-determination", an adequate environment is required. That you have to improve the conditions for you and your relatives so that you can participate in the normal life.

The master's thesis has the task of developing a superordinate urban strategy and a flagship model that offers solutions for various everyday problem situations concerning the barrier-free use of guest gardens in inner cities. In this context, recommendations and solutions for the gradual improvement of a accesible public space in the city center will be developed on the basis of concrete case studies.

The Gründerzeit front yard of tomorrow

As part of the Gründerzeit city expansion in the 19th century. the front garden became a symbol and an important part of bourgeois building and life in Graz. In addition to the function as an interface between the public street and private living space, he was also a visiting card of the homeowner. He was not only an important element of the façade, but he still characterizes entire streets and districts. This circumstance gives the inner-city front garden a special significance for the design of the public open space and at the same time for the microclimate of the city.

In the years 1998 to 2003, the Naturschutzbund Steiermark commissioned the city of Graz to detail and document the front gardens of the Graz Gründerzeit district (about 800). Since in recent decades more and more of these former front gardens have had to give way to sealing and parking spaces, as well as new buildings without front gardens, the Styrian Nature Conservation Association and the Institute of Urban Design of Graz University of Technology have decided to turn the theme of the Graz Gründerzeit front gardens back into urban planning move.

The master's thesis has the task of developing a superordinate urban strategy for dealing with existing and future inner city suburbs as an urban design element that contributes to the public urban space. In this context, recommendations for the gradual development of the GRAZER GRÜNDERZEITLICHEN VORGARTEN VON TOMORROW will be developed on the basis of concrete case studies.

Out of 10 young offices which participated in the Europan Austria, we chose BlažBabnik Romaniuk Obrat d.o.o to teach Workshop 1. His teaching approach for the workshop week is as followed:

  • learning through research of given topics, including different fields of research, stakeholders and related topics such as industrial trends like industry 4.0, industrial hubs, workplace developments, social aspects of different industries or trends in logistics and its automation
  • exploring site specifics through place analysis (connections, edges, programs, build-up and left-over space) and comparison with different (programmatically unrelated) urban areas
  • basis for design work (as a very concise brief) conceptual work based on research and analysis
  • using gained knowledge to clearly form basic principles, goals, limitations and problems
  • quick production (hand drawing, conceptual models) of many different concepts based on
  • different premises and approaches; this phase is meant to be an extension of understanding of the assignment and at the same time start of design work – mistakes, “bad” ideas (unworkable concepts are also a desirable outcome of this process) design work with quick iteration process
  • (testing of viable concepts) – going from basic concepts in a few hours to a detailed solutions which shows value and limitations of a specific concept / approach
  • design work and presentations – producing basic plans, models and diagrams or schemes of the proposal, explaining the proposed design through references, very short explanatory texts.

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