"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.

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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 

ParaSol - Multifunctional solar-active square and street roofing Leoben. A considerable proportion of our cities are occupied by areas of moving and stationary traffic, especially outdoor parking areas, which are highly unecological and space-intensive. They seal the floors, promote the emergence of summer heat islands and can almost exclusively be used monofunctionally.

The ParaSol research project is dedicated to the goal of transforming these deficit areas into functionally and spatially valuable urban spaces by superimposing their use. Using the example of concrete urban spaces in Leoben, the effects of newly developed, solar-active square and street roofings on the cityscape and the urban function will be investigated, as well as the further synergies, in particular energy potentials, that they bring with them.

The focus is on the qualitative sounding out of advantages and disadvantages for urban space and cityscape using the example of Leoben:

- Evaluation and determination of architectural and urban spatial framework conditions, objectives and potentials
- Criteria for the potential-fair site selection for urban canopies
- Development of prototypical design solution variants
- Location and description of functional and usage-relevant synergy potential

Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Aglaée Degros
Canditature: Documents in PDF format to
Closing date for application: 31.05.2019


Sustainable urban development has become a central concern of practitioners, scientists and international decision-makers. Key features of sustainable urban development are compactness and urban density, public (green) spaces, active mobility and public transport.

But the reality of urban development and growth in many parts of Europe is different. There is a growing recognition that urban sprawl has become an integral dimension of the city, but there is little knowledge about the diverse manifestations of these peripheries, the drivers of their development and the planning tools to cope with them.

We are therefore looking for a Master's student to explore the peripheries of Graz and Tirana with a comparative approach in order to understand what the qualitative differences between these examples of urban sprawl are, how collective spaces manifest, are established and used, and whether there are design and planning possibilities to improve their urban qualities.

Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Aglaée Degros
Canditature: Documents in PDF format to
Closing date for application: 31.05.2019


The demographic and structural change in Upper Styria East leads to very different challenges and tasks in urban and rural areas: Location factors such as accessibility, social infrastructure and services of general interest, digital networking and natural potential influence existing shrinking and growth processes and require a rethinking of housing forms and settlement structures in order to strengthen the future prospects of the communities and cities in the region.

- vacancy management and use of existing housing in municipalities with decreasing population number

- new or converted housing with special consideration of social aspects in the village community to increase attractiveness in stable municipalities

- creation of living space in the urban regions for managers of the leading companies in the region

- low-cost housing with architectural quality and innovation for young people

We are looking for master students, who, in close cooperation with the regional management of Upper Styria East and the mayors of the municipalities, are dedicated to the development of urban infrastructure and connections, quality in public open spaces and innovative forms of housing that take social needs into account. The master theses are jointly supervised by the Institute of Urbanism and the Institute for Housing.

Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Aglaée Degros
Canditature: Documents in PDF format to
Closing date for application: 31.05.2019

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.


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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