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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%)


LURG teaching @ Faculty of Architecture | University of Innsbruck

Gunnar Ploner will be teaching at Studio 1 | Stefano de Martino at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck. Among other topics his teaching will address the identification of urban phenomena and their effects within dynamic urban environmets and the development of performative design strategies.

´Studio1 is directed to exploring and questioning issues related to the mostly constructed, mostly artificial contemporary environment.

Its interests cover a wide spectrum of topics related to and implicit in the production of architecture and its accumulation in urbanized regions. These range from the development of critical assessments of landscape and urban environments to the understanding of relationships of design and production, from studies of social and cultural phenomena to their translation into physical realities.

Studio1 promotes the discussion of architecture within a multidisciplinary context. Research projects have been developed in cooperation with other European universities, to stimulate a broader approach to regional topics. The Institute runs regular workshops with invited contributors from different fields, including landscape and cultural studies, media & applied arts. Through collaborations with local and regional institutions as well as with international partners, the activities of Studio1 are aimed at establishing a constructive and critical dialogue not only internally, but also within a broader public context.

Our programs address changing conditions and their effects on various aspects of the environment at different scales. They highlight restructuring processes that lead to an unprecedented urbanization on the one hand and to ruralization on the other, processes occurring at an environmental scale, involving cities and landscapes alike.

The single instances, architectural objects or systems that contribute to this, result from the interaction of a broad and diverse range of factors which require to be gauged, understood and balanced in relation to a critical context. Current research is exploring the relationship between urban structures, landscapes and the architectural manifestations that they foster´.

Stefano de Martino

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