Vienna young Scientists Symposium
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Architecture & Urban Planning

Cities are facing complex challenges in front of globalization, climate change and urbanization processes. Cities should increase the capacities of infrastructures, reduce energy consumption and restrict emissions implementing corresponding new technologies. Especially urban agglomerations have above-average volume of building construction, due to population growth but also due to the constant changes in life form (e.g. increasing single-person households) and changes in the social structure of the public sector (education, health) and in private sector (relocation of industries, reclassification of traffic areas, changes in trade - shopping centers in urban versus retail in urban ground floor zones).

The corresponding discussion of ‘Smart City’ reflects these technical needs but in a rather heterogonous understanding – technical against citizen centered. However, Smart City initiatives are fostering and implementing innovations. In particular, ICT and web 2.0 are offering new possibilities of technology driven developments in the different domains of urban development: economy, mobility, housing, environment, but also in domains of governance and participation.

For instance, construction industry is expected to obtain a higher level of resource efficiency and improved environmental performance through the use of improved raw materials and processing techniques. At the same time, the buildings' functional requirements have also changed dramatically. Thus, research aims at the development of resource-efficient construction typologies considering most relevant properties and characteristics of buildings and their materialization.

Today, there is a wide range of strategies, activities in planning, architecture, and construction as well as research regarding the implementation of projects impacting energy efficiency, quality of urbanistic structures or participatory decision finding, and decision making. However, empirical evidence in different activities or, in general, on urban development still shows problematic trends in terms of energy consumption, emissions, mobility structures or social polarization due to the excluding power or the non-expected impacts of new technologies. Hence, research in Architecture and Urban Development Planning on the ‘urban fabric’ and its meaning for sustainable development in terms of economic performance, social inclusion, and design and construction quality and on environmental impacts is urgently demanded.

This track of the symposium covers therefore research performed at TU Wien that is predominantly focusing on questions of urban innovations impacting sustainable development. Thus, contributions are welcome with focus on urban innovations and their meaning for sustainable development coming from the areas of Architecture, Urban and Regional or Landscape Planning, Engineering, Energy, Social Sciences, as well as from Computational Science.