Based on the contents of the courses Design 1 to 3, the course Design 4, which represents a significant part of the Bachelor's thesis, deals with a task with an increased degree of complexity. A large-scale context with superimposed urban issues and challenges will be used to practice spatial thinking and design in multidimensional urban contexts. The implementation of strategic decisions and urban space requirements in the design and detailed urban space design is part of the design exercise. The aim is to deepen the urban planning experience and to further develop the design methodology and the presentation technique. Within the framework of the planographic and verbal presentation, skills in the presentation and communication of urban development projects are acquired.
Gries is a lively and international district in the city. It is one of the poorest districts of Graz, which is also characterised by a lack of publicly usable green spaces, recreational spaces and quality-designed street spaces.
In this situation, the Mühlgang represents a special potential to increase the supply of open space in the district, to connect the surrounding green spaces and to enrich the different neighbourhoods along the Mühlgang with specific offers.
In E4, we design the Mühlgang as a green-blue infrastructure that creates a connection between the Volksgarten and the Oeverseepark and thus opens up an important social and ecological axis in the district.
Based on urban structural considerations and analyses, we discuss the idea of a fairer city, in which open space plays an important role, in an overarching strategy. This is then elaborated in more detail through designs at the interface of building and open space.