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LURG establishes interdisciplinary collaboration: The Geodesign LAB


The Geodesign Lab is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Architecture and Geography focusing to integrate geospatial information systems (GIS) into the analysis and the design of urban landscapes and urban environments. Challenges and questions of the built environment have rarely, at any time, corresponded to traditional disciplinary or professional boundaries. Through linking different disciplines the Lab aims to develop new possibilities for design proposals that go beyond the traditional border of architecture.

The Geodesin Lab workshop was initiated by Gunnar Ploner and Andreas Mayr at the Institute of Design Studio1 – Prof. Stefano de Martino at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck.

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.

Spatial effects of alpine hydro energy infrastructures on the urban landscape


Gunnar Ploner introduces interdisciplinary master course at Studio1, Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck.

The studio is a collaboration between geography and architecture and focuses on the integration of GIS systems into spatial planning. In the first part of the course students will gain familiarity in working with GIS software while in the second part they will apply GIS tools in the course of a geo-spatial analysis of hydro power infrastructures within the Alps.

(1) The GIS Lab: As the amount of collected information increases rapidly the availability of precise data enables new possibilities in researching and planning urban environments and landscapes. A geographic information system (GIS) is a system that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information for informing decision making. GIS gives data meaning through place. It allows us to observe how cities function. GIS exposes complex processes and dynamics (social, political, economical) taking place in the city. If built physical form is the hardware, GIS and geospatial data reveal the software that operate it.

(2) The Research Lab: Hydro power infrastructures are a common feature within the modern alpine landscape. Although often far away from urban regions these infrastructures are crucial components of the global urban network and serve the energetic needs of the modern city.

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

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