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    Mandellstraße 11 Graz


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The teaching content has been defined in terms of the following thematic areas, which are based on the focal points of research at the institute. Research on the affordability of living space as regards its production and maintenance Parallel to social developments since the start of the 20th century, social housing, too, has developed from its original focus, the provision of housing for the minimum existence, towards the construction of middle class accommodation. Safety requirements imposed by standards and regulations, optimization of energy losses, and the standard of services aimed at lead to a constant increase in construction costs and therefore in the rents that must be paid for living space, which part of society will no longer be able to afford. The institute will identify the individual themes that are of relevance to costs in order to place them in relation to current and future demands made on housing in the broader sense, for instance for the contemporary minimum existence.
 Flexibility of apartments Growing and shrinking apartments within a solid built structure that can respond to changing demands for space that result from the life cycle of families or more complex social structures is a theme that lichtblau.wagner architekten have continuously developed in their work. In addition to matters of building design and space, here organizational themes also play an important role. Spaces with functionally neutral proportions and sizes as well as the departure from floor plans based solely on narrowly interpreted functional requirements represent the basis for this work. The implementation of communicative spatial qualities in communal areas and in the surroundings of the building, as well as the avoidance of mono-functional structures, expands this theme into the immediate surroundings of housing. Active energy balance of residential buildings The use of photovoltaic arrays and production of hot water by means of solar energy as decentralized energy sources can make housing independent of fossil fuels and increasing energy prices. The integration of energy sources in the building envelope lead to a more conscious use of energy and can allow new spatial and poetic qualities to develop in the facade zones.


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Thomas Kalcher


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Andreas Lichtblau


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Marlis Nograsek



Research Output 1989 2019

(Ufer-)Lose Gedanken zum Thema Brücke

Verhovsek, S., 11 Feb 2019

Research output: Non-print formWebsite / Web publicationResearch

Grazer Modell aktualisiert

Verhovsek, S., 2019

Research output: Non-print formWebsite / Web publicationResearch

"Haut und Knoten"

Verhovsek, S., 17 Jan 2018

Research output: Non-print formWebsite / Web publicationResearch

Activities 1985 2019

Raum für Sorge im Alter – Architektur für neue Lebens- und Wohnformen

Sigrid Verhovsek (Speaker)
26 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science

Graz Open Architecture 2018, 1000 Fakultät für Architektur

Stefan Peters (Chair), Barbara Herz (Member of programme committee), Joshua Paul Tapley (Member of programme committee), Sarah Julia Posch (Member of programme committee), Aleksandar Tepavcevic (Member of programme committee), Nicole Kirchberger (Member of programme committee), Paul Pritz (Member of programme committee), Manfred Omahna (Member of programme committee), Irmgard Brigitte Humenberger (Member of programme committee), Markus Stangl (Member of programme committee), Simon Oberhofer (Member of programme committee), Andreas Boden (Participant), Constantinos Miltiadis (Member of programme committee), Thomas Kalcher (Member of programme committee)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Participation in or organisation ofFestival or exhibition (Participation in/Organisation of)

summer school_sao paulo

Sigrid Verhovsek (Participant)
22 Jul 201729 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in or organisation ofWorkshop, seminar or course (Participation in/Organisation of)


Altwohnhaus Trofaiach/1. Preis

Hans-Joerg Tschom (Recipient), 1993

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Brücke in Holz, 1.Preis

Wolfgang Purt (Recipient), 1996

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Press / Media

Daheim. Bauen und Wohnen in Gemeinschaft

Elisabeth Anderl


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Soziale Mischung in der Stadt

Elisabeth Anderl


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Projects 1997 2018

Urban Renewal of Industrial Zones

Nograsek, M.

1/01/04 → …

Project: Research area


Nograsek, M.

1/01/02 → …

Project: Research area

Housing Evaluation

Nograsek, M.

1/01/00 → …

Project: Research area