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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.

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Strategies for the Urban Activation of Brownfield Sites


Lecture by Gunnar Ploner at the Department of International Urbanism/ University of Stuttgart: “Interdisciplinary Strategies for the Activation of Urban Space at the former Industrial Site ‘imWERK8’ in Stuttgart.

LURG launches interdisciplinary urban development competition | Call for participation

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guten TAG Innsbruck is an interdisciplinary platform for urban development that critically examines the contemporary condition of the urban landscape of the city of Innsbruck. The competition guten TAG Innsbruck is open to the public and transforms and activates abandoned sites and left-over spaces into high-potential urban sites . Through an interdisciplinary approach the competition aims to establish new linkages within the urban field and to contribute to a plural and diverse urban environment.

Team: Stefan Brabetz, Gerald Haselwanter, Gunnar Ploner

The project is awarded the Stadtpotenziale 2013 Award of the City of Innsbruck and is supportded by the Cultural Department of the Federal State Government of Tyrol.

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Project Lagos exhibited at Potenziale 2 at the Center for Architecture Tyrol/AUT


Gunnar Ploner´s project “Lagos – Towards an emergent ecological approach to urbanism” is exhibited at Potenziale 2 at the AUT – Architektur und Tirol. The exhibition shows selected projects developed at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck and aims to give an overview of the contemporary architectural discourse at the faculty.

High Speed Urbanism in Lagos | publicated in Potenziale 2 by Studio1 – Stefano de Martino


High Speed Urbanism in Lagos is publicated in the Potenziale 2 magazine of the Institute of Design Studio1 – Stefano de Martino.

The aim of the project „LAGOS“ is to develop a sense for responsive urban planning methods which are initiating, gradually mediating and equalizing disparate forces in complex urban fields. Introducing a loop strategy for urban planning instead of static top-down urban planning methods, the project proposes possibilities for various bottom-up interventions across different scales. The focus lies on the production of control- and guidable bottom up urban conditions.

Activated from the extreme forces of social, cultural, economic and political influences, spaces, programs and functions are in a constant state of flux. Resulting from these forces, a dynamic urban field is emerging, which continuously generates and reorganizes spatial configurations. Sites and spaces construct a hybrid, dynamic system with fluid characteristics. A changing set of overlapping and intersecting programs and functions transforms surfaces and generate luminal spaces.

To respond to high speed urban dynamics and to provide an immediate solution, a flexible and lightweight reactive system is needed which considers the coexistence of multiple, simultaneous processes. Short planning and construction periods, low production and building costs as well as a resourceful use of urban space are mandatory prerequisites for an immediate and sustainable planning solution. The multidimensional approach seeks to strengthen performing linkages, relations and interferences of space and programs through intervening across different scales and using existing structures.

The creation of various types of market spaces with elastic and permeable qualities depending on site specific environmental conditions and the provison of public property for informal activities are essential components. Within a given framework, it should still be possible that space can be created and adapted individually and organically to meet individual economic and social needs. The integration into the environment and the adaption to local conditions and traditions creates responsiveness to the needs of a changing social and functional world, attaching to the continuity of locality, space and time.

Mittelmeerland – Mapping the Mediterranean published at Abitare

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Mittelmeerland is an urban research project curated by AA investigating the future of the Mediterranean as a ‘territory’ of water. Gunnar Ploner contributed to the project of Medine Altiok and Stephanie Tunka as a guest tutor.

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