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Smart District Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities

We are living in a time of rapid social and technological change. It is particularly the small and medium-sized cities and urban regions of Europe that are challenged by this development.

Increasing prevalence of unoccupied buildings in the centres, difficulties managing sustainable mobility and the lack of coupled energy and spatial planning affect exactly the towns that have the least financial and human resources. It is important to help smaller cities and towns to overcome these development problems, in order to protect existing qualities and to make these towns fit for the future.

The university course Smart District Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities is designed to give people who work on the urban development processes of small and medium-sized cities and towns insight into topics of sustainable urban development. The course presents detailed information on current topics and tasks of urban and regional development and examines real examples. Participants also have the opportunity to reflect on their own work and exchange ideas on projects.

Contents and Topics

The university course was developed by the Institute of Urbanism of TU Graz in cooperation with the Department of Spatial Planning at TU Wien and the Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing (SIR) and is made up of 8 modules.

Module I: Public Space
Module II: Mobility
Module III: Inner Urban Development
Module IV: Governance
Module V: Energy
Module VI: Technology
Module VII: Excursion
Module VIII: Conclusion

The aims of the university course are:

  • transfer of knowledge from different fields of architecture, spatial planning, urban and regional development
  • with lectures from the university/academic field and successful, national and international practical examples
  • independent work on a case study with review possibilities
  • exchange and networking within the group

Dates and Deadlines

Next course start: to be announced

Quick Facts

  • Duration:  7 full-day workshop modules in attendance, 6 online modules of 3 hours each
  • Certificate: Confirmation of participation
  • ECTS credit points: 4
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Participation fees:
    • 1,950 € (VAT free) including course notes, drinks and excursion
    • 1,750 € (VAT free) for member cities of URBA Graz and for 2 or more participants from the same institution
  • Number of participants: max. 20
  • Location: TU Graz, SIR and online


An university course in cooperation with TU Wien and SIR

Target Groups

The university course is aimed at people who are involved in urban development processes in small and medium-sized cities, for example:

  • administrative staff from building offices and regional associations.

  • civil engineers

  • spatial planners

  • architects

  • planners for regional development and revitalisation of local centres

  • representatives of political parties

  • mayors and mayoresses

  • Consulting institutes involved in urban development processes, e.g. initiating and working on Smart City projects or preparing urban development concepts

  • Climate and energy model region managers

Admission Requirements

Participants in the course must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • At least two years’ professional experience in the fields of urban planning, spatial planning achitecture/urbanism, urban development, regional devleopment
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in subjects related to spatial planning (e.g. urban planning, architecture, spatial planning, urbanism, landscape design, sociology, geography, sustainable development, law, economics)


  • Univ.-Prof. Aglaée Degros, Institute of Urbanism, TU Graz
  • Univ.-Prof. Rudolf Scheuvens, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien
  • Univ.-Prof. Sibylla Zech, Research Unit of Regional Planning and Regional Development, TU Wien
  • Univ.-Prof. Ute Schneider, Urban Design, TU Wien
  • DI Helmut Strasser, Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing (SIR)

Programme Directors

Arch. Univ.-Prof.
Institute of Urbanism

Institute of Urbanism

Student assistant:
Angelika HAAR
Institute of Urbanism