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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.


Featured Work in the publication Glatt – From Suburb to City by the ETH Zürich




Gunnar Ploners work for the future urban development of the metropolitean region of Zurich is featured in the book Glatt – From Suburb to City by the ETH Zurich. The work was developed in the course of  the ETH Summer Academy.

LURG receives Stadtpotenziale Award of the City of Innsbruck


The Stadtpotenziale Award is an annually award granted by the City of Innsbruck focusing on projects addressing social and cultural issues of urban space within Innsbruck.

The project was developed by the design team Stefan Brabetz, Gerald Haselwanter and Gunnar Ploner.

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