Research interests

The four research focuses and their overlaps generate concrete research interests with corresponding research projects, dissertations, publications and research-guided teaching formats. At the professorship, individuals or groups of individuals conduct research on the individual interests together with cooperation partners, develop corresponding interdisciplinary research projects, and conceptualize research proposals. Regularly, potential new research interests are explored, future constellations, discussed and, if necessary, launched.


Deep Adaptation in the Spatial Disciplines

Severe emergencies related to climate change and the biosphere crisis, but also crises such as the Covid 19 pandemic, will cause our lives to change radically. Conventions, techniques, and social practices with which we are familiar will disappear. Many actors in politics, but also in science, deny the dramatic nature of the situation and the vulnerability of our urban structures to these risks and changes - decisive action is a long time coming. Jem Bendell's concept of "Deep Adaptation" proposes a radically different approach: He asks us to prepare for the collapse of certain systems that currently govern our lives - and to see this as an opportunity for positive change. The research interest here follows the claim to explore the spatial dimensions of this "Deep Adaptation" and to develop approaches for its operationalization.

contact: Daniel Zwangsleitner

The city in the mirror of everyday architecture

Everyday architecture is only seemingly banal and one-dimensional. Rather, it reflects the complexity and also the contradictoriness of the respective culture. The research field examines individual buildings, building types, but also streetscapes, which can be classified as everyday architecture, but reveal the depth of the city in their creation and expression. The research ranges from visual perception over reflection on the design of these buildings to the sociocultural embeddedness of the respective architecture.

Contact persons: Elettra Carnelli, Matthias Faul

Cooperative Housing as an Influential Factor in Urban Planning

Cooperative, collaborative and self-organized housing projects and initiatives still make up a small part of the housing construction activity in many cities, although they enable cost-effective, participatory and ecological housing possibilities. It can also be assumed that they represent an added value for their urban environment and the neighborhood and radiate far into their surroundings. The research analyzes interrelationships of egalitarian urban development and cooperative housing and explores positive and negative influences on housing policies, urban development and the urban space. The research field deals with the actors, conditions of emergence and mechanisms of housing projects and housing cooperatives.

Contact person: Isabel Glogar

New paradigms of urban mobility

Unfair distribution of land, scarcity of resources and advancing climate change are some of the reasons for the necessary change in mobility in cities and metropolitan regions. At the same time, there is great potential for improving the quality of life and strengthening mental and physical health. The research projects and courses focus on the investigation of current hurdles and design opportunities in relation to urban space, access and change of urban mobility cultures. Designs focus on active forms of mobility - walking and cycling - as well as strengthening public mobility services and are further developed and tested in interdisciplinary real laboratories. Thus, transformative research and methods of change gain outstanding importance.

Contact persons: Marco Kellhammer, Stefanie Ruf, Mareike Schmidt, Daniel Zwangsleitner.

Robotics in urban development

Within the research field, the influence (and the corresponding possibilities for projects and interventions) of robotics on urban space is investigated. This influence ranges from automated processes of everyday operations over small-scale machine interventions to large-scale, new possibilities for production. The driving motivation behind the research is to understand how the idea of the egalitarian city can be integrated into the according technical development.

Contact:  Elif Simge Fettahoglu-Özgen

Shifts in urban governance

Public administration faces major challenges because of climate change, but also because of a changing public perception of its role. To ensure the future viability of the city, it is important to understand these challenges and to find strategies to strengthen the role of public planning. At the core of the research field is the work in the PPL (Public Planning Lab), which the professorship conducts annually with young professionals from the public planning administration. This results in various cross-connections to research, teaching, and municipal bodies.

Contact: Elena Schirnding de Almeida

Urban planning education in the climate emergency

Which teaching methods and contents are appropriate for a future-proof urban design and planning education in view of the climate emergency and how findings from science can be adequately incorporated into these is at the center of this research interest. Methodological aspects are examined, formats such as living labs are evaluated, and new linkages between teaching, research and society are sought and tested in new formats. The scientific reflection of this activity is of central importance for its further development.

Contact: Daniel Zwangsleitner

Territorial infrastructures

Airports radiate far into their surroundings due to their centrality, space requirements and land use. This affects "Noise Landscapes", wide-area areas under the influence of noise regulations, and other changes in territory associated with airports. In the research field, these interactions of airports, but also other large-scale infrastructures, and the city are studied, especially with regard to how they should develop in the future.

Contact:  Elif Simge Fettahoglu-Özgen