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.


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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