Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya, Africa

Gunnar Ploner was assistant supervisor of the diploma project Dadaab Refugee Camp at the Institute of Design – Prof. Stefano de Martino at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck. Students: Benjamin Eberl and Andreas Hertscheg. The project seeks to improve living conditions within the Dadaab refugee camp – the largest refugee camp in Africa. The work critically investigates the present situation and develops an urban design proposal based on establishing a productive landscape strategy. For further informations please contact dadaab-refugee-camp_development_gunnar-ploner_04 dadaab-refugee-camp_development_gunnar-ploner_02 dadaab-refugee-camp_development_gunnar-ploner_05 dadaab-refugee-camp_development_gunnar-ploner_03 dadaab-refugee-camp_development_gunnar-ploner_01

Proposal for the redesign of an urban neighborhood in Izmir, Turkey

izmir_urban-development_gunnar-ploner_web Together with a group of international students of the AA Visiting School LURG´s Gunnar Ploner investigates critical conditions of the urban fabric of Izmir and develops urban design strategies for the redevelopment of a socially fragmented urban neighborhood.

LURG @ AA Visting School Mittelmeerland Izmir


Gunnar Ploner is invited visiting teacher at the AA Visiting School Mittelmeerland in Izmir, Turkey from 29th January to 8th February 2015. For further information please also see here.

Visiting critic at Studio1 Prof. Stefano de Martino – master presentations/ work in progress


Gunnar Ploner has been invited as guest critic for the work in progress master presentations at Studio1-Prof. Stefano de Martino at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck. Also see for further information.



The AA Visiting School Mittelmeerland 6 – Izmir will take part from Thursday 29 January – Sunday 8 February 2015. For further information see the post below or send email to Direct application via the homepage of the Architectural Association School of Architecture here.



Gunnar Ploner has been invited to teach at the AA Visiting School in Izmir, Turkey. The Project Mittelmeerland has been initiated by Medine Altiok and Stephanie Tunka.

The focus of the project lies on the investigation of the urban development of the metropolitan region of Izmir and its relation to Mediterranean Sea and other Mediterranean port cities. The project will study the dynamic territory of Izmir’s coastline, the renewal of the current industrial port, the planning of the new port and the mutual dependencies of land and water along the coast. The project analyses existing conditions and seeks to generate a snapshot of the current urban landscape.
The Mediterranean Sea is not only situated between continents, but also acts as a historical and contemporary centre and border zone. The social, economic and political dynamics of this zone are complex and diverse. The port of İzmir is the biggest container port of turkey; with its central location between West Europe and North Africa and strong hinterland, it is not only the agricultural and commercial centre of Aegean Region but it also plays a very significant role for Turkish export products. The current container port reached its capacity; the construction of the new port is in conflict sensitive sea ground. How will Izmir act in the Mediterranean context? What does changing and shaping mean for the 1:1 everyday spaces and uses?

The investigation comprises different areas along the coastline analyzing existing conditions and future projections, utilizing small-scale phenomena, translating found conditions into large-scale landscape ecologies and envisioning urban changes. For more details also see

LURG investigates abandoned site in Montenegro




The abandoned Hotel Fjord was built during the Yugoslav period and is the most visible big structure that in Kotor.  Next to it there is at least four major sites and structures in a wide range of different material conditions, but all in a state of minimal use, which can be described as a programmatic void in the center of Kotor. The site is now waiting for more intense use again. Gunnar Ploner has been invited to visit the the Kotor APSS symposium which discussed new urban strategies for this abandoned site in Kotor.