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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.


Strategic development of the Zurich metropolitan region.

Communication Technology and the Future Urban Landscape

LURG @ Mongolia

LURG is commissioned for the urban research of the rapidly growing urban landscape of Ulaan Baator, Mongolia and the design study for a 200 meter high rise building.

The design of the building seeks to respond to the social, cultural and economic challenges this complex urban environment has generated within the last years.

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.

From Suburb to City – LURG @ DARCH, ETH Zürich

Gunnar Ploner has been selected to participate in the International Summeracademy at the DARCH, ETH Zürich.

The process of suburbanisation seems to be advancing unstoppably. A faceless, anonymous mesh of settlements is spreading itself around the old core cities. Do we really want to continue this destruction of one of our most important resources, the landscape, and of one of our most important cultural achievements, the city? The International Summer Academy Zurich poses a central question: how can we condense the agglomerations to form a city, while preserving landscape spaces?

The contemporary condition of the African urban landscape

Stefan Salomon and Gunnar Ploner are introducing the Extreme Urbanism Research Series in Africa, investigating the contemporary condition of the African urban landscape.

Currently investigating the urban territory of Nairobi, Kenia.

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.


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