STDB/RESEARCH URBA GRAZ/CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Current Projects

ECR 2020

Smart City 2020

05/2018 – 12/2021


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The project ECR 2020, based on the results of previous research projects in the Smart City Graz context, deals with questions of the development of livable, thermally comfortable and energy-efficient districts and settlements. Accordingly, the focus is on the energy efficiency of buildings (IWT) and urban structural energy efficiency and urban open space (ISTDB). The project is mainly managed by the Institute of Thermal Engineering (IWT) and the Institute for Urban Development (ISTDB) and is anchored in the Smart City districts Reininghaus and My Smart City Waagner Biro. The aim is to incorporate the research results into the regulations of the Province of Styria, the planning documents of the City of Graz and the individual construction projects in the Smart City Graz target area.

The work of the Institute for Urban Development consists on the one hand of the analysis of planning instruments in their relevance for the energy efficiency of urban districts and on the other hand of the design of scenarios for building and open space development of the Graz Smart City area towards an energy-efficient urban district with a high quality of life.

Project Lead:

  • Aglaée Degros

Project Partner:

  • Institute for Thermal Engineering TU Graz

Sponsor:

  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Energie, Wohnbau, Technik, FA Energie und Wohnbau, A15 und Magistrat Graz

Project Team Institute of Urbanism:

  • Eva Schwab, Michael Malderle, Radostina Radulova - Stahmer, Anna Maria Bagaric

Krottendorf-Gaisfeld

Spacial Vision Concept for the Regional Area Krottendorf-Gaisfeld

10/2019 – 06/2020


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Housing space and building land for private homes in cities are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, which is why more and more young people are migrating from cities to peri-urban surrounding communities in order to realise their dream of affordable homes in green surroundings. At the same time as this trend, a large part of the local (peri-urban) population is ageing and increasingly feels overwhelmed by its own living situation. Since a large part of these inhabitants of urban surrounding communities carry out their work in the next larger cities and the older people are dependent on supply and support outside the municipal area, commuting out and in becomes an indispensable necessity. Those small communities and settlement areas that have a high-level public transport connection (e.g. a fast suburban railway or a well-developed bus connection to the nearest cities) can benefit greatly from this in terms of their future development. In addition to a favourable public transport connection, an attractive environment (landscape and natural area) with a varied leisure offer massively enhances such places as "living space" and attracts even more future residents. These circumstances give rise to well-considered visions of the future for such peri-urban communities. It needs sustainable concepts to cover the demand for new forms of life, housing, work and care for aging and young people, as well as young people and children in rural regions.

Project Lead: 

  • Aglaée Degros

Sponsor:

  • Gemeinde Krottendorf-Gaisfeld

Project Team Institute of Urbanism:

  • Michael Malderle, Mario Stefan

Urban Move

Private law contracts (eg mobility contracts, funds, urban development contracts) as an innovative city and mobility planning planning and control instruments

10/2018 – 09/2020


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Habitation as a major field of action with regard to climate protection measures is getting more and more crucial, whereby mobility around domestic areas receives less attention, contrary to the facts of a remarkable CO2- and energy-saving-potential. Moreover, several ambitious, transport political aims are not utilized. In order to achieve a climate- and energy-efficient design of domestic areas, it is necessary to consider issues as well as innovative solutions which are pertinent to mobility in the stage of development due to the fact that about 80% of all mobility-needs start and quit at home. Furthermore, people decide about their means of carriage. Past experience which are not evaluated yet raise assumptions, namely that private-law provisions such as mobility contracts, -funds or urban development contracts concluded between communes and project partners f.e. investors, builders or proprietors constitute an effective tool to control the origination of mobility in domestic areas. Currently the development, application and evaluation of these methods break new ground.

The research project Urban MoVe attempts to solve the given problem based on analysing and evaluating existing practical examples out of Graz and Vienna. Thereby it should be verified how efficient tools f.e. mobility contracts or -funds are referring to an interlocked and future-orientated city- and mobility planning. Furthermore, it should be examined how these methods could be further improved in the light of new mobility innovations e.g. sharing- or electric mobility, automated driving, etc. As part of the project the effects and successes of already implemented mobility contracts are analysed and form the basis in terms of legal as well as procedural redevelopment and advancement of the contractual tools. International best practice examples will perfect the research project and ensure the portability of the outcomes.

Project Lead: 

  • Aglaée Degros

Project Partner:

  • Institute for Spacial Planning, TU Vienna

Sponsor:

  • The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

Project Team Institute of Urbanism:

  • Michael Malderle, Markus Monsberger

Tac Mob

Tactical Mobilism - Intervention for a New Mobility Culture

10/2019 - 11/2021


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The urban public spaces of our cities are still largely distributed in favour of motorised individual transport. The negative consequences of the resulting mobility culture are not limited to traffic and ecological issues, but also include the opportunities for social participation and the loss of function of public spaces. However, inflexible decision-making and planning processes often make urgently needed redistribution projects more difficult.
This is where the Tactical Mobilism project comes in, which aims to test and establish temporary, simple and cost-effective interventions in the transport sector.
The participatory development and testing of interventions (such as parklets, temporary closures and conversions, greening) in public space should open up new perspectives, lead to a rethink among the actors and trigger a long-term change in the mobility culture.
For the city of Villach, corresponding interventions will therefore be designed in a participatory way and tested on site. As a project partner, Villach is the ideal pilot city and has the potential to act as a multiplier for numerous cities of similar size and structure, which build on the findings of the project, integrate similar interventions themselves and use them for their transformation processes.

Project Lead: 

  •  Institut for Spacial Planning, TU Vienna

Project Partner:

  • queraum. kultur- und sozialforschung
  • PLANUM Fallast, Tischler & Partner GmbH
  • Artgineering
  • City Villach

Sponsor:

  • The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

Project Team Institute of Urbanism:

  • Aglaée Degros, Sabine Bauer

Albania

Sustainable Urban Development of the Peripheries between Graz and Tirana, Sprawl vs Density

01/2019 - 12/2020


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Sustainable urban development has become a core interest of practitioners, academics and international policy makers. Key features of sustainable urbanism are compactness and urban density, public (green) spaces as well as active mobility and public transport.

The reality of urban development and urban growth in many parts of Europe, however, looks different. Compact core cities are surrounded by ever-growing expanses of urban sprawl making the urban periphery an integral dimension of the city. Nevertheless, these areas often lack of important urban qualities, and are mostly car-dependent residential areas with no communal open space infrastructure. To transform them, we need to change the methods of urbanization, that shape them. This change should be built on a better understanding of public spaces’ quality and morphology in the urban periphery, as well as how to address them.

The project therefore aims on

  • understanding how the peripheral areas of the two case studies (Graz and Tirana) are constituted and what are the qualitative differences between there types of urban sprawl,
  • understanding how could public spaces’ quality improve the periphery’s urbanity and
  • a broader understanding of the factors that influence the urban development of the peripheral areas of Graz and Tirana.

Through this understanding we can achieve a more effective way of intervening in these areas that need urban upgrading.

Projekt Coordination: 

  • Eva Schwab (TU Graz) und Aliaj Besnik (Polis University Tirana)

Project Partner:

  • Polis University International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, Tirana, Albania

Sponsor:

  • ÖAD (Österreichische Austausch Dienst)-GmbH

Project Team Institute of Urbanism:

  • Aglaée Degros, Sabine Bauer

UML

UML Graz - Urban Mobility Lab - grenzenlos

04/2017 –04/2021


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The urban mobility laboratory Graz brenzenlos pursues the overriding goal of reducing the daily traffic flows of motorised traffic. The creation of novel, experimental environments in which innovative mobility and transport solutions can be researched, tested and implemented by science and companies together with citizens, politics, administration and other groups of actors is part of the project objective. The MOBILITY LAB supports technical, social and institutional innovations in the field of mobility in order to bring products and services to market faster. A broad range of services is offered for this purpose: Living lab, mobile laboratory infrastructure, method pool, innovation rooms as test environments as well as prepared data bases serve the comprehensive integration of users in the development and test process. The benefit lies in the bundling of existing potential and the positioning and strengthening of the urban region as an innovation area and business location.

Project Lead: 

  • Holding Graz

Project Partner:

  • City Graz
  • Land Steiermark und Laborpartner: Prisma Solutions
  • StadtLABOR Graz
  • Planum Fallast Tischler&Partner GmbH
  • Grazer Energieagentur
  • TU Vienna
  • Institut Highway Engineering and Transport Planning, TU Graz
  • Institut of Urbanism, TU Graz

Fördergeber:

  • BMVIT (mobility of the future), Land Steiermark, Stadt Graz

Project Team Institute of Urbanism:

  • Aglaée Degros, Markus Monsberger