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Territorial Turn!


  • Symposium


  • Sustainable Systems (Field of Expertise)
  • Andere Forschungsthemen

Urbanism is the art, science and technology of developing human settlements. It is less about the buildings themselves than about their arrangement, relationship to each other and connection to the environment. Crises have influenced the discipline of urban planning as much as they have had an impact on the development of the various urbanist movements. Currently, the pandemic but also the challenges of climate change, e.g. through increasing severe weather events, have once again confronted us with the fragility of the built environment – and thus raised the call for a rethinking of the goals and means of urban planning. In the face of immense environmental and social challenges, a paradigm shift in planning and design approaches is needed.

The Territorial Turn: essential change in urbanism

The Territorial Turn describes the essential change in fundamental framework conditions and values in urbanism. This stands for a holistic, cross-sectoral and networked understanding of space, as well as for a close connection between the built environment and living systems – an approach that replaces the predominantly building-oriented attitude in specialist planning in favour of an increased appreciation of public space. Here, the space between buildings is understood as essential for ecological and social change, both in small-scale neighbourhoods and blocks, and at the level of districts and entire cities.

The projects are thus not defined by the boundaries of the site, but situate a planning to be developed in a larger context within the existing socio-ecological systems and cycles. This results in large, interconnected site systems that gain greater resilience through networked structures and go far beyond the goals of economic progress, modernity and technology. Territorial Turn thus follows the notion of an overarching spatial vision for a just and ecological city with a high quality of life for people and animals.

The Graz symposium: part of the New European Bauhaus Programme

The symposium "Territorial Turn!" will take place in Graz on the 15th and 16th of September 2022. The symposium, which is part of the New European Bauhaus Programme, will offer 1,5 days of presentations and discussions with international scholars and practitioners of the disciplines of Urbanism, Architecture, Landscape, Planning, Urban Studies and Design. The programme will contain keynotes by Prof. Stefan Rettich (Universität Kassel), Arch. Eva Pfannes (OOZE), Prof. Paola Viganò (EPF Lausanne) and Arch. Susanne Eliasson (GRAU) as well as panel discussions with amongst others, Prof. Em. Han Meyer (TU Delft) and Prof. Em. Marcel Smets (KU Leuven).


TU Graz | Institute of Urbanism

Time and Location

15. September 2022, 09:00 am - 16. September 2022, 03:00 pm

TU Graz, Campus Neue Technik, Kronesgasse 5, 1st floor, 8010 Graz, Austria

Additional informations

Language: English

with costs


Jennifer FAUSTER
TU Graz | Institute of Urbanism
Phone: +43 316 873 6286