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For the past three years this seminar series gathered experts in architecture, urban planning, urban and economic geography annually at the Villa Vigoni in Menaggio, Italy. The third and last of this series was held from 8th-9th of October 2019.

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"Flight shame" is on everyone's lips in 2019, and the scientific community is also increasingly discussing the effects of its activities on the global climate. Can air travel to conferences still be justified in view of the pollutant emissions? They are contrasted by (even "accidental") knowledge spillovers, such as personal face-to-face contacts at conferences, which…

The workshop was held from 19th through 20th June, 2018 at the Villa Vigoni in Menaggio, Italy. It was organized by Alain Thierstein, Nadia Alaily-Mattar (both Technical University of Munich), Davide Ponzini (Politecnico di Milano), Maria Gravari- Barbas and Francesca Cominelli (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University) and funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft…

Special Issue "Urban transformations through exeptional architecture" Alain Thierstein and Nadia Alaily-Mattar have edited a special issue of the Journal of Urban Design (Volume 23, Issue 2, April 2018) titled "Urban transformations through exeptional architecture". The focus of the special issue is the nexus between architecturally exceptional projects and the city.…

The first workshop of the seminar series “Flagship Architecture, Multinational Design Firms and the Urban Transformation of European Cities” was held from 25th-26th of November, 2017 at the Villa Vigoni in Menaggio. The Chair of Urban Development of the TUM Department of Architecture initiated the workshop which is funded by the German Research Foundation DFG in…

Mobility@TUM

On the 27th of November, 2017 the first mobilityday „Mobility@TUM“ took place at the Vorhoelzer Forum of the TUM. The objective of the mobilityday is to increase the networking between researchers at TUM engaged in research activities related to the topic of mobility. On behalf of the Chair of Urban Development, Dr. Michael Bentlage and Fabian Wenner each held one…

Between 10 and 13 April 2017 the Chair of Urban Development at TUM hosted the 11th "Young Academics Conference" of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) in Munich. The Young Academics conference is the largest gathering of young scholars – PhD students, PostDocs, as well as young practitioners – from urban planning and related fields in Europe. 53…

Alain Thierstein has published a new book chapter, together with Irina Auernhammer, partner of auernhammer wohlrab architektur, and Fabian Wenner, associate at the Chair of Urban Development. It is entitled "Munich. Staying competitive, yet socially inclusive?" and is part of the edited book by Roberta Cucca and Costanzo Ranci "Unequal Cities. The challenge of…

On 14 and 15 October 2015, the Chair of Urban Development of TU Munich organised the conference "Shaping Regional Futures" at Oskar von Miller-Forum in Munich jointly with TU Delft. The conference aimed at clarifying the performance of regional design: the different ways of imagining and envisioning spatial futures of regions and how these informal processes enhance…