Institute of Urbanism:
Eva Schwab/Sabine Bauer/Cornelia Pregartbauer/Mario Stefan/Aglaée Degros
Kampus Raumplanungs- und Stadtentwicklungs GmbH:
Daniel Kampus/Bettina Burgsteiner/Csilla Huss/Katja Hofmeister
TU Graz/Institute of Urbanism
Housing development in the 21st century faces new challenges: Globalisation, centralisation, different concepts of life, the dissolution of social conventions and demographic change are probably the biggest. On the other hand, there is the question of how to guarantee maximum quality of life and access to the necessary public facilities to residents of small towns and communities by means of new forms of housing.
The "Wohnen 4.0" project seeks answers to this question. On behalf of the Regional Management Upper Styria East, the Institute of Urbanism of Graz University of Technology and Kampus Raumplanungs- und Stadtentwicklungs GmbH are developing possible solutions: Centre strengthening and conversion, mobility and sustainable development, accessibility of living space and innovative forms of housing for the eastern part of Upper Styria are the main focus. The exhibition, which will be shown in Kalwang, Kapfenberg, Leoben, Trofaiach and St. Stefan ob Leoben, presents specific development strategies and innovative housing projects by local architects.
The project "Wohnen 4.0" is financed by the regional department of the province of Styria with funds from the Styrian provincial and regional development law.
Traffic Space is Public Space
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.
GAM.15 Territorial Justice
Berlin: Jovis Verlag, 2019
German/English, 308 pages, paperback
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Guest editors: Aglaée Degros, Eva Schwab
In the face of growing inequalities in access to and distribution of resources, territorial justice has (once again) become a current issue and task in the fields of architecture, planning and urbanism. GAM.15 – Territorial Justice is dedicated to rural and peripheral spaces that have until now received little attention from this discourse. The contributions in GAM.15 – coming from perspectives of urbanism, landscape architecture, regional planning, sociology, and geography – show spaces in transformation and present ideas for what forms spatial justice can take. Current descriptions of disadvantaged areas make clear that any policy aimed at eliminating or combating injustice would do well to take on specific socio-spatial – i.e. territorial – points of view, and as such to rely on the expertise of planners and designers.
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With contributions by
Erich Biberich, Tatjana Boczy, Ruggero Cefalo, Martin Courtz, Aglaée Degros, Nicolas Escach, Sébastien Este, Michael Friesenecker, Roland Gruber, Vincent Van der Heyde, Hans Hortig, Yuri Kazepov, Andreas Lechner, Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler, Don Mitchell, Michael Nève de Mévergnies, Viviana Rubbo (Urban Reports), Eva Schwab, Bernardo Secchi, Hille von Seggern, Emanuele Sommariva, Isabel Stumfol, Pierre Veltz, Paola Viganò, Michael Wagner, Michael Woods, Sibylla Zech
Planning Capital Cities. Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia
Grigor Doytchinov/Alexandra Dukić/Cǎtǎlina Ionitǎ (eds.)
Graz: Publishing Company of Graz University of Technology, 2015
English, 289 pages, paperback
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The aim of the publication Planning Capital Cities is to detect some uniform ideas in the urbanism of Belgrade, Bucharest, and Sofia and to point out equal ideas as marks of this uniformity. The assumption that the urbanism of the three capitals shows semantic links is based on some frame conditions, offering arguments for a cultural unification: the primary factor for the similarity is the regional neighborhood as a factor for coexistence and interference. The secondary factor is the comparable urban history. Both factors are a precondition for a similar urban spatial organization and a cultural heritage in its broad sense. Some historical facts offer convincing arguments for the analogy and, respectively, their differentiation from the Central and Western European capitals and examination as related objects of research: the Ottoman rule as the pre-modern period, the delayed infiltration of the capitalist economy and nation-building, the European cultural influences, dominating since the nineteenth century, and finally the unstable geopolitical order of the region, which reflects on the principles of urbanism. The review is carried out chronologically and takes a phased approach to highlighting the approximation and dissociation of the ideas in the urbanism of the capital cities.
The authors or editors Mihai Alexandru, Aleksandra Djukić, Grigor Doytchinov, Maria Duda, Hristo Ganchev, Harald Heppner, Cǎtǎlina Ionitǎ, Eva Vaništa Lazarević, Mirjana Roter-Blagojević, Nikola Samardžić, Monica Sebestyen, Angelica Stan, Miruna Stroe, Hannes Swoboda, Andrea Udrea, Yani Valkanov, and Milena Vukmirović.
Grigor Doytchinov worked in the Institute of Urban Design at Graz University of Technology starting in 1992 and as of October 2004 assumed the role of university professor before retiring in September 2015.