International Winter School I 14-18 February 2011

Sustainable Smart Cities
STYRIAN ACADEMY for Sustainable Energies

Host: Roger Riewe I Ferdinand Oswald I Hans Gangoly

Contact: Roger Riewe, Ferdinand Oswald

Time: 14-18 February 2011

Participants: 17 PHD Students


The mechanisms of the worldwide economic systems and demographic development are influencing the urbanization of settlement patterns. Besides other questions, rurban development poses an ecological challenge linked directly to questions of mobility and energy used for infrastructures. In order to introduce sustainable ways of life and in view of the threat of climate change it is essential that we cease overexploiting land and wasting resources. These issues are not free from controversy as they impact on ways of life, structural, political and economic intentions as well as culturally entrenched habits. In this context, the question of ecology and sustainability leads to issues of new settlement patterns: also, the new volumes of building masses – and hence typologies – are facing a pressure to change which will alter the image of the city. As a consequence, the compatibility of this density to be discussed must lead to an understanding regarding the qualities of density which takes all relevant spheres of urban life into account. However, not only the macro-perspective point of view is significant. Sustainable and energy-efficient design is applied to overall urban concepts, right down to structural details. The Winter School “Sustainable Smart Cities” is intended to proceed from the “Large” to the “Small” scale. The Winter School is to provide a holistic combination of macro-, meso- and micro-levels. Specialists from all over the world have been invited to explore various topics in depth, either through talks or workshops, and to achieve synergy effects by means of expert exchange.

In addition to lectures and ample time to discuss with the international experts, students will visit practical examples of regional architecture concepts. As an integral part of the Winter School students will have the opportunity to solve problems defined by themselves under the supervision of skilled lecturers utilising the knowledge and tool kits presented in the lectures. The solutions presented by the students will be critically appraised by a jury of experts.

Scientific Coordinators:
Roger Riewe, Graz University of Technology, head Institute of Architecture Technology, Austria;
Ferdinand Oswald, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Architecture Technology, Austria;
Hans Gangoly, Graz University of Technology, head Institute of Architectural Typologies, Austria.

Scientific Lectures:
The Winter School convenes top international lecturers; among them are, in alphabetical order: Laura Baird (AMO-OMA); Brain Cody (TU Graz); Johannes Fiedler (TU Braunschweig); Hans Gangoly (TU Graz); Hyeong-Il Kim (Hanyang University, South Korea); David Müller (ETH Zürich); Edward NG (Chinese University of Hong Kong); John C.Y. NG (University of Hong Kong); Roger Riewe (TU Graz); Werner Sobek (University of Stuttgart).
Moderation: Andreas Ruby (textbild Berlin).
Hosted by „Graz University of Technology“ and „Styrian Academy“, supported by „Das Land Steiermark“ and „ESEIA“.

Roger Riewe

Scientific Coordinator
and Organisation

Ferdinand Oswald

Scientific Coordinator
and Co-Organisation
Urs Hirschberg

Brian Cody

„Form Follows
Johannes Fiedler

“The City as a
sustainable Model:
Aspern Urban Lakeside,
Hans Gangoly

Scientific Coordinator

„Weiter Bau Programme:
Consolidation of
Existing Building Fabric“
David Müller

“Science City: A
Collection of Buildings
or an Innovative Campus?”
Edward Ng

„Designing High-
Density Cities“
Laura Baird

“A Renewable
Hyeong-Il Kim

“Sustainable Compact
Cities and High-Rise
Werner Sobek

„Think Globally,
Plan Locally –
Strategies for the
Urban Design of Tomorrow“

John Ng

„Microclimate in
Urban Housing“
Andreas Ruby

Moderation of the
Winter School

other impressions…

Fireside Chat – Panel Discussion 16 February 2011
STYRIAN ACADEMY for Sustainable Energies
Host: Rektor Hans Sünkel, TU Graz, Austria

Contact: Roger Riewe, Ferdinand Oswald

Wong Mun Summ & Richard Hassell,
WOHA architects, Singapore
Brian Cody, TU Graz, Austria
John C.Y. Ng, University of Hong Kong, China
Roger Riewe, TU Graz, Austria,
Werner Sobek, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Moderation: Andreas Ruby, textbild Berlin, Germany


Sustainable Smart Cities 4 U
International experts discussed about “Sustainable Smart Cities” in a cozy atmosphere. Moreover 2 architects (Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, WOHA architects) from Singapore presented their project „The Met Residential Highrise Bangkok“ which had won The International Highrise Award 2010.

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