Projects and Research

Danube Urban Brand [DANUrB] Interreg Danube Transnational Program [2017-2019]

DANUrB - a regional network building through tourism and education to strengthen the “Danube” cultural identity and solidarity. The DANUrB cultural network aims to strengthen the Danube regional cultural identity and to create a common brand by fostering transnational cultural ties between the settlements along the Danube, and by exploring the unused or hidden cultural and social capital resources for a better economic and cultural return. The main goal of the project is to create a comprehensive spatio-cultural network, a “Danube Сultural Promenade” connecting all communities along the river, unifying these into one tourism destination brand, offering thematic routes and developing possibilities that can increase the number of visitors and can prolong their stay in the region. Project partners – relevant universities, research and development centres, regional municipalities, cultural NGOs, tourism boards and professional market based agencies - will create a network and common platform to work along a sustainable cultural and tourism strategy, proving that a common Danube urban brand can bring social and economic benefits at once. Very important in this process is that international knowledge and practice will be implemented in local conditions. The closest cooperation with communities and regional stakeholders from each 7 Danube countries, creation of common strategy based on individual approach and site specific, can guaranty durability of the project results expressed in sustainable maintenance of Danube Cultural Promenade by local neighbours with economic independency on basis of boosted development of tourism and cultural industry.



SmartAIRea Graz FFG [2016-2017]

Die Form der Urbanisierung hat sich in den letzten Jahren grundlegend verändert. Besonders zwischen Flughafenstandort und Stadt bzw. im bisher vorwiegend für Gewerbe und Industrie genutzten Flughafenumfeld bildet sich eine komplexe Raumorganisation, vorwiegend als Resultat anscheinend logischer, wirtschaftlicher und politischer Entscheidungen. Diese Funktionalisierung der Räume im Flughafenumfeld verursacht ein erkennbares räumliches Muster mit bestimmten Merkmalen, das sich wesentlich von anderen Strukturen der Peripherie unterscheidet und eine Hierarchisierung räumlicher Organisation bedingt. Somit besteht eine besondere Motivation darin, diese räumliche Komplexität im Flughafenumfeld in eine nachhaltig integrierte räumliche Entwicklung für Stadt, Region und Flughafennachbarkommunen umzuwandeln – in eine SmartAIRea.

weitere Informationen unter: Das Flughafenumfeld Graz hebt ab zu einer nachhaltigen Stadtentwicklung


Wiener Hofburg 3D Quellenspeicher [2017]



City of the Future: Simultaneous planning environment for building clusters in resilient, high energy-efficient urban quarters [SIMULTAN] FFG [2014-2017]

Previous scientific research projects has shown that there is a high potential for essential efficiency arrangement within overlapping energy systems. Due to the negative response for already built passive houses and low energy buildings, there is an increasing resistance for the use of new innovative systems. The expectations of both developers and residents have been disappointed. In general, all troubles within either the planning and execution, or of unexpected backlashes in an energy supply system, reflects back due to the loss of the general outline within a sophisticated energy system.
The planning team for both high efficient building retrofits and generally new designs is still missing a tool which enables an integrated planning strategy and consistency within the scenarios for the development of an energy supply and demand system. Power supply companies are missing a comprehensive and consistent planning tool for technological opportunities within the building sector by considering the general supply and demand behavior forecast. This project proposes to use a systematic approach.
Smart Cities with Sustainable Energy Systems [Ci-Nergy] FP7 Marie Curie ITN [2014-2017]
The CI-NERGY Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) will train young scientists to develop urban decision-making and urban energy system models that maximise energy efficiency and renewable energy integration toward a low carbon future. The ITN will be a highly multi-disciplinary coordinated PhD programme focused on urban energy modelling aimed at addressing one of the most challenging and critical urban sustainability problems. The training will be structured to provide a balanced combination of theory and practical application. Thus, the ITN will be a collaborative group composed of six of the best academic research centres from Germany, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Irland, Italy, and Austria, and four of the leading energy and software technology companies in the industry (e.g. Siemens, WienEnergie, Électricité de France (EDF), and Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd. (IES)). Ci-Nergy

Energy and Resource Awareness in Urban and Regional Development [EWARD] PhD College [2013-2016]

The doctorate college EWARD is taking up the current scientific and public debate on transformation processes of European cities with respect to infill development, urban growth as well as spatial consolidation and shrinkage, competitiveness and cooperation, energy and resource demand (consumption) and supply (provision).



Urban Energy and Mobility Systems [URBEM] PhD College | Public Private Partnership [2013-2016]

Wiener Stadtwerke Holding AG (Vienna Public Utilities Company) and the Vienna University of Technology have together instituted a Doctorate College entitled "Urban Energy and Mobility Systems" (URBEM-DK). The goal is the research and development of scenarios for the path to a "sustainable, supply-secure, affordable and liveable city", using the example of the city of Vienna with an integrated and inter-disciplinary approach (keyword "Smart City").

Focus research areas: Analysis of energy consumption and mobility behaviour of the population; optimised choice of transport in the urban area; sustainable methods of renovation of existing stock and construction of new buildings; thermal, natural and electrical energy systems throughout buildings; planning of ICT structures for control of urban energy supply; business and economic analysis and risk management of urban energy and mobility systems; and involvement of participants in planning and decision processes, etc., using virtual environments.



Energy in Urban Space [ENUR] Research project [2011-2013]

Focus is Austria's urban development strategy in the context of sustainable energy supply and planning. On an urban scale we worked in cooperation with the city of Feldkirch and the city of Vienna on scenarios for future energy strategies linked to urban development strategies.



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