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Second Review Studio Context

On June 18th, the second mid-term presentation of the urban design studio „Context“ in Heilbronn took place. The students displayed their conceptual approaches, discussed the suggested goals, and presented their first design ideas. We are grateful to our guest reviewer, landscape architect Jan Dieterle, for his valuable critiques and are looking forward to seeing the studio's final results. 

New Edition of Metropol.x out now!
New Edition of Metropol.x out now!

The results of the seminar Metropol.x_Brussels present different facets of the Belgium capital. Causes and symptoms of segregation in Molenbeek, the importance of the Expo on the transportation infrastructure and the food culture are only some of the various topics that are discussed in individual maps, elaborated by the students. The booklet is available at the chair.

Walkability in Tehran
Walkability in Tehran – Oral Exam of Doctoral Thesis

On June 6th Niku Khaleghi has very successfully presented her doctoral thesis „Assessing the Walkability of Tehran Organic Street Network Based on the Networks Form“. The dissertation evaluates the diverse street patterns in the Iranian capital with regard to the cultural, spatial and geographical conditions specific characteristics that significantly influence walkability. The research addresses a worldwide relevant topic as important prerequisite for sustainable urban development, which in the context of Iran and many other cities in the Middle East still is in the shadow of the scientific debate and planning policies. Congratulations, Dr. Khaleghi!

ITT- ISTB Threshold Talk
ITT- ISTB Threshold Talk

The third ITT- ISTB Threshold Talk is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th, at 19:00, in the seminar room, R013. 

This time, Puya Khani, a PhD candidate at our chair, will speak, and the topic will revolve around social media and urban democracy. 

Everyone is invited. 

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Spring Term of Ukrainian Remote Lab of Urban PlanningZanizdra, Krechun, Kelnik
Spring Term of Ukrainian Remote Lab of Urban Planning

On May 31st the spring semester term of our Ukrainian Remote Lab of Urban Planning has finished. The final presentations included the results of the seminar „Metropol.x_Kharkiv“ and the design class „The Future of Modernist Housing - Vazha-Sphavela Block VI in Tbilisi, Georgia. Thanks and gratulations to all students who participated in the programme – well done! And thanks to the entire team of teachers!

Picture of the ISTB Offices with writing across saying: Open Position as academic assistant (E13 50%) starting September 2024
Open Position at ISTB!

We are seeking a person for completing our team! The position as academic assistant (E13, 50 %) is responsible for teaching in the BA and MA programme of architecture and contributes to the research projects of the chair. If you hold a MA degree in architecture, urban or landscape planning or sociology with strong relation to urban design, have excellent design skills and are passionate about interdisciplinary work we are happy to receive your application as a PDF file, size max 10 MB, not later than June 20th (to be sent to Barbara.engel@kit.edu).  Foreseen start is September 15th, and the contract is first limited to one year.

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Seminarwoche: "Critical Mapping Karlsruhe"

During the seminar week, special places in Karlsruhe were tracked down, their intrinsic logics perceived, researched and noted, and spatial, political, ephemeral, sometimes invisible phenomena highlighted. On daily field trips to different parts of the city we discovered the various characteristics and translated them into subjective mappings of the city while simultaneously discovering the cities built history. 

Poster Living Lab `The Green Superblock´
Living Lab ‚The Green Superblock‘ opens in Tbilisi

On May 25th our Living Lab will open in Tbilisi. Together with our partners, Ilia State University from Tbilisi and Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture we will establish an experimental dialogue in order to discuss the possibilities how to improve the living environment in the neighborhood of the Vazha-Pshavela Block VI.

For more information visit www.greensuperblock.com

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Modellbild BA4 Konzeptdarstellung HeilbronnF. Galm, J. Mörder, L. Zorn, V. Peters
First Review Studio Context

On May 14th the first review took place of the urban design studio „Context“ in Heilbronn. For 3 different locations, Neckar embankment, Sontheim and Süllmertor first ideas and concepts were presented. We are grateful to our guest reviewer, landscape architect Stefan Helleckes, for his valuable critics.

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Workshop KIT Urban Research Strategy

6th of May 2024, 2 pm – 4 pm

With the urban research strategy, we want to address everyone at KIT whose research is or could be relevant in an urban context. In this respect, we are concerned with a broad understanding of urban research in the sense of city-related research, and at KIT strategically with making the breadth (energy, mobility, information, governance, climate, space, social issues, ecology, etc.) and depth of KIT research fruitful for the necessary "urban transformation". The workshop will take place in the Triangle space at Kronenplatz.

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Freiburg am Europaplatz
Field Trip Freiburg

The students from KIT embarked on a journey to Freiburg for their semester's Design Studio. Collaborating in teams of architects and traffic planners, they began with an extensive walk around the city center, tracing the streets enveloping it. Following an initial brainstorming session, they had the opportunity to engage with members of the local City Council, Municipal Council, as well as representatives from Architects for Future and the Baukreisel association. This encounter facilitated an enriching dialogue about the future prospects of a specific area within Freiburg, offering valuable insights and perspectives.

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Save the date 03 May – Cultural and Artistic Regeneration

Dr. Oleksandra Nenko, senior researcher at University of Turku is presenting the affordances provided by artistic rethinking of the post industrial areas. The case studies include creative tactical and strategic transformations of industrial buildings and their environments in Helsinki, Tallinn, Łódź, and Kharkiv. This lecture is part of the lecture series Urban Transformation  that is organized in the Remote Lab of Urban Planning, funded by DAAD.

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Urban Transformation in Lviv
Urban Transformation in Lviv

In the frame of our "Remote Lab of Urban Planning" Prof. Dr. Arch. Halyna Petryshyn, head of the Department of Urban Planning of Lviv Polytechnic National University, presented on Friday, 19 April her lecture “New residential complexes in the process of reurbanization of the territory of Lviv”. The report was contributing to a series of lectures Urban Transformation and Conversion“ international experiences. This course is part of the teaching programm “Ukraine Digital”, funded by DAAD.

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Masterarbeiten WS 23/24

Am 09. April haben Beatrice Iacopi, Diana Maier und Freia Prager ihre Masterarbeiten erfolgreich präsentiert. Beatrice erarbeitete ein städtebauliches Konzept für die Entwicklung einer Brachfläche in Genua, Diana entwarf ein Mehrgenerationenhaus für die LSBTIQ-Personengruppe in München und Freia Prager entwickelte Verbesserungsvorschläge für die Favelas in Vidigal in Rio de Janeiro. Wir gratulieren sehr herzlich!!

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Metropol.X: Lviv

This publication is the result of a seminar, which took place in the "Remote Lab of Urban Planning“, elaborated by students of the Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. It focuses on different facets of Lviv, Ukraine, in times of crisis. Now available at our chair during opening hours!

Large Housing Estates Titel
Large Housing Estates under Socialism

The book „Large Housing Estates under Socialism“ by Barbara Engel and Nikolas Rogge is now available via open access. Harnessing large urban housing estates in former socialist countries as a resource for the future housing supply requires innovative and practicable strategies and concepts. The contributors present experiences and perspectives from different disciplines on sustainable development of mass housing districts, both in academia and practice.

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Website under construction

Over the next couple of weeks you will see some changes around the website as we are rearranging our content. While we are trying to make those changes unnoticeable in the backend, we want to apologize in advance if you have trouble finding what you are looking for. Thank you for your patience!

Course program summer semester 2024 now online!

The courses for the upcoming semester are online as of today. Here you can view the scheduled events and find the link to the corresponding Ilias course content.

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Welcome to the summer semester 2024!

Welcome to the start of the summer semester 2024. We wish all students a good start to the new semester and look forward to your designs, new impulses and ideas as well as an exciting exchange with you!

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City Concepting - Stegreif Task

The future is approaching faster than we think, and cities are developing dynamically. City centers in particular have changed dramatically in recent years - not always for the best. As part of the impromptu task, two scenarios for Karlsruhe's city center are to be developed under the motto "What if...?". We are looking for designs for concise, future-oriented potential spaces that demonstrate functional and social added value.

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Semesterplakat WS 23/24
Course program winter semester 23/24 now online!

The courses for the upcoming semesters are online as of today. Here you can view the scheduled events and find the link to the corresponding Ilias course content.

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PhD School „Heritage at Home“

PhD School „Heritage at Home“, taking place September 26-30. online. The conference discusses interdisciplinary perspectives on the heritage of residential disctricts in the post-socialist / Soviet cities.

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Large Housing Estates Titel
Large Housing Estates under Socialism

The book „Large Housing Estates under Socialism“ by Barbara Engel and Nikolas Rogge is now available via open access. Harnessing large urban housing estates in former socialist countries as a resource for the future housing supply requires innovative and practicable strategies and concepts. The contributors present experiences and perspectives from different disciplines on sustainable development of mass housing districts, both in academia and practice.

Find it here
metropolX_Kyiv
Metropol.X: Kyiv

The booklet is the result of a seminar, which took place in the "Remote Lab of Urban Planning“, elaborated by students of the Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. It focuses on different facets of the Ukrainian capital in times of crisis. Now available at our chair during opening hours!

Metropol. X Tel Aviv
Metropol.X: Tel Aviv

Tel Avis’s development presents a multifaceted story: This booklet examines the different urban layers of the city and the way they reflect the social, cultural, and economic structure of Israeli society in one of the most expensive cities to live in.

Now available at our institute!