Allgemeine Information

Datum: 14. – 18.02.2011
Ort: (A) 8010 Graz, Steiermark
Adresse: TU Graz, Alte Technik, Rechbauerstr. 12, (A) 8010 Graz

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. The participants’ findings will be presented and appraised on the last day of the one-week event.

Time: 14-18 February 2011
Venue: TU Graz, Alte Technik, Rechbauerstr. 12, 8010 Graz
Cost: € 500 p.P.


Brigitte Hasewend, Director
International Sustainability Partnerships
Schlögelgasse 9/I
8010 Graz, Austria
T. +43 / 316 / 873 – 5281
F. +43 / 316 / 873 – 5282

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