The design exercises in Design 3 support the core competence of prospective architects, spatial thinking and conceptual design in the given context. The students are introduced to the analysis and interpretation of urban planning structures at different scales. The project areas are located in the inner-city context and already identify existing structures that need to be evaluated and reinterpreted. Furthermore, the understanding of the context at the location and the suitability for specific uses within the existing urban structure as well as the appropriate and location-specific design are conveyed. An additional focus is the examination of social and ecological aspects in the design.
In Neuberg an der Mürz we want to use the idea of an educational campus for kindergarten, primary and secondary school to strengthen the centre of the community. With a new building for educational and community facilities, a further development of the surrounding residential areas and an improvement in the connection to the centre, the education campus can be a motor for further developments in the centre of the community.
The aim of the LV is to integrate the design for a new education campus into a strategic concept for sustainable centre development. In this context, concrete urban planning principles such as development, open space, mass distribution and mix of uses are conveyed.
Different uses should create synergies (living, working, supply, education) and introduce design, ecological and social aspects into the urban planning design on different scale levels. Special emphasis is placed on the threshold space between inside and outside (public and private open spaces).
The public space in Straßgang is characterised by traffic - since Roman times. Most of the utilities are located on one of Graz's main entry routes and are dominated by car traffic. At present, available areas are mostly filled up with purely residential buildings - there is a lack of ideas how to design a high-quality public space - a new "district centre" - by means of buildings and uses and their networking as well as green spaces - this will be our design task.
Starting from an urban development concept in context, we will work out the project up to the architectural detailing of a subarea.
Aspects of sustainability, climate protection, green space networking and the preservation or utilisation of green spaces (green instead of concrete) will play an important role. In addition, new (affordable) forms of housing and mobility will be sought.