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.
Urban planning developments must be sustainable and future-oriented. Urban challenges such as global warming, urbanisation and scarcity of resources demand a new approach. In Flanders, the concrete stop has already been called for and is now to be implemented as one of the central climate adaptation measures. In the exercise "Beton Stopp Graz" we will develop resilient urban development designs that limit the degree of sealing and the bound grey energy in existing structures to the current level, despite restructuring and consolidation. The aim is to develop strategic concepts for the development of a sustainable neighbourhood.
Concrete urban planning basics such as development, open space, mass distribution and usage mix are conveyed. Different uses are to create synergies in the resilient neighbourhood (living, working, supply, business) and bring design, ecological and social aspects into the urban design on different scales. Special focus will be given to the threshold space between inside and outside (public and private open spaces). It is important to understand urban spaces as part of larger ecological and social contexts and to think of them as systems.
Graz grows and grows.
Current forecasts speak of an increase in the order of 40,000 inhabitants within the next 15 years.
In the context of this exercise, we will use the example of our planning area to sound out how this growth could be accommodated in densification scenarios in the district of Puntigam under the aspects of sustainability, climate protection and soft mobility.
In the area surrounding the Puntigam Gradnerstrasse district, we want to design new residential buildings with residential facilities and a town centre as scenarios for future sustainable developments.
The preservation and utilization of green spaces (green instead of concrete) and the networking of green spaces and functions with each other as well as with existing buildings and existing and newly planned uses will play an important role.
New forms of living and mobility will also play an important role in our Punti_game(s).