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Guest Critic at Studio Kiril de Lancastre Jedenov

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Gunnar Ploner is guest critic at Studio Kiril de Lancastre Jedenov at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck.

Guest Critic at Studio Karen Lohrmann Environments and Organizations | Abandonment

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Gunnar Ploner is invited guest critic to the final presentation of the Studio of Karen Lohrmann at the Faculty of Architecture in Innsbruck.

Course description: Abandonment is a multifaceted phenomenon, heavily denied if not undefined. This seminar studies the notion of abandonment as the result of urban, cultural and social flux. Touching on issues of entropy, decay and devaluation in the context of the humanities, geography, cultural and urban studies, the seminar seeks to highlight a currently most actual phenomenon of our cultural landscapes. Cross-disciplinary research will set the framework for direct and applied translations as (re)action, adaption and transformation in locations to be identified during the process of the semester.

Course objective: Environments are an art form. As such environments are rooted in North American mid-century art movements such as Pop Art and Happenings. Environments combine an artistic action or installation with a space, surrounding or location. This course will focus on the locational and the thematic, or critical, of Environments. We will review the origin of this movement and juxtapose its effect, message and manifestations with actual tendencies in spatial practices.

On-Site Urban Investigation Algiers

In the course of teaching at the AA-Visiting School Algiers Gunnar Ploner is conducting an on-site investigation at El Harrach, a rapidly changing urban environment in Algiers. The site is a mix of different typological entities and is characterized by the simultaneous presence of heavy industry, high density social housing, a huge shopping mall, touristic buildings, the construction of the great mosque of Algiers, vacant industrial buildings and a highly polluted river. This landscape is glued together by a network of various transportation infrastructures.

LURG teaching at AA Visiting School Algiers


As specialist for urban development and urbanism in Africa Gunnar Ploner has been invited to teach at the AA Visiting School in Algiers, Mittelmeerland by Medine Mediok and Stephanie Tunka.

The focus of the project lies on the investigation of the urban development of the metropolitan region of Algiers and its relation to Mediterranean Sea and other Mediterranean port cities. The project analyses existing conditions and seeks to generate a snapshot of the current urban landscape.

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 teaching at AA Visiting School Mittelmeerland

Gunnar Ploner will be teaching at the AA Visiting School Programme Mittelmeerland by Stephanie Tunka and Medine Mediok.
Mittelmeerland is a research project investigating the future of the Mediterranean Sea as a territory of water.

Guest Critic at Design Studio Stefano de Martino + Alexander Pfanzelt

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Gunnar Ploner is invited guest critic to the Design Studio Gimme Shelter in the masters program of Stefano de Martino and Alexander Pfanzelt at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Innsbruck.

LURG @ University of Stuttgart. Highspeed Urbanism/ Dynamic Urban Landscapes

Gunnar Ploner has been invited to the Institute of Urban Design, University of Stuttgart. In his talk he will discuss urban phenomena of highspeed urban environments and dynamic urban landscapes showing case studies of Lagos, Nigeria.

Urban Studies – Extreme Urban Conditions


The program is an investigation of extreme urban environments and special forms of spatial organizations. The focus lies on cities and urban agglomerations beyond the European context. Which urban environments do we understand as `extreme` in contrast to the pattern of the European city?

The study looks at cities in a globalized world and discovers and identifies urban patterns, documents distinct urban phenomena and interprets the findings. Investigations can cover traditional, modern, formal or informal urban structures. The thematic exploration of urban environments ranges from looking at infrastructure and ecology, to questions of housing, urban systems and form.
The spatial and typological analysis is backed up by the study of the local urban history and the economic and social situation of the inhabitants.

Following questions should be answered

– Which typologies of urban patterns exist beyond the European region?
– Which conditions create extreme forms of urban development?
– Looking at the global urban development, can we recognize a tendency of similarity and uniformity of urban concepts or do regional urban typologies with well defined characteristics and differences exist?

The intent of the program is to strengthen the ability to read and understand the emergence of urban patterns and complex urban phenomena.


Extreme Urbanism Lab


Gunnar Ploner introduces the Extreme Urbanism Lab at the Institute of Design – Studio1, Prof. Stefano de Martino.
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With Stefano de Martino and Gerald Haselwanter.


In the design project the specification for temporary camps (UN refugee camps, disaster relief, etc) will be crossed with geodata (terrain, resources, infrastructure etc). Through mapping, analysis and evaluation organizational models and other site specific conditions are extracted and rearrange to generate a new urban design (high-speed urbanism,…)

Temporary structures have a tendency to become permanent realities for multitudes across the globe, struck either by disaster, war, migration, and environmental factors.

In a first stage we will research examples of such structures and the context from which they arise.
This includes also less catastrophic scenarios, such as festivals (Quartzite, AZ; Coachella, CA) and projects addressing temporary and fluctuating events (Cedric Price, Archigram).

In a second phase of the project we will consider the potential of GIS and geodata tools for identifying and localizing site specific characteristics that could influence the placement and nature of temporary accommodation.

This project aims to highlight the limitations and deficits in planning human environments according to  material criteria, and to shift the attention to more open-ended and dynamic processes.

presence and participation (30%)
development and progress of the project (30%)
mid-term review (20%)
end review (20%)


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