Call for Proposal

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.

Application deadline:
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.

Maria Baumgartner


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.

Christian Kozina

Bauaustellung Wohnen 4.0

03 February - 14 April 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

St. Stefan ob Leoben

"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

Call for Proposal

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.

Application deadline:
28. February 2020

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Lunch Lecture

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
When: 13.00-15.00
Registration until 28.01.2020 at

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Lunch Lecture

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
When: 13.00-15.00
Registration untill 09.12.2019 at

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Lunch Lecture

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.

Katerina Psegiannaki

Where: HS VI
When: 12.00-14.00
Registration until 26.11.2019 at

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Book presentation

Traffic Space is Public Space
Book presentation 20.11.2019

Stefan Bendiks/Aglaée Degros
Zurich: Park Books, 2019
German/English, 224 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-03860-165-4
EUR 38.00
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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
When: 18.30-20.30
Registration until 18.11.2019 at:

Call for Proposal

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.

Application deadline:
16th december 2019

Call for Proposal

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:

  • Evaluation and definition of architectural and urban framework conditions, objectives and potentials
  • Development of prototypical creative solution variants
  • Location and description of functional synergy potentials

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.

Application deadline:
16th november 2019

Lunch Lecture

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).

François Vermer

Where: HS V
When: 11.30-13.30

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Lunch Lecture

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.

Alejandro Grindlay

Where: HS II
When: 12.00-14.00
Registration until 28.10.2019 at

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Why We Cycle

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

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"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 

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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