Energy and resource aware urban and regional –development

In winter an summer term 2014/15 a lecture is planned under the heading energy and resource aware urban and regional development, whereby interactive learning processes will be enabled and enforced between at least the 10 EWARD-PhD-students, professors and external experts through a new format of Ring-Vorlesung.

Energy and resource aware urban and regional –development

Its main objectives are:
— understanding the challenge of energy awareness and its respective components influencing future urban development
— discussing corresponding questions from different scientific views and methodologies
— demonstrating and discussing specific domains on energy efficiency and awareness based on specific theories and adequate methodologies from economics, social science (sociology), regional science, building science and spatial planning science
— identifying/discussing interlinks of respective topics.

Evening lectures: Four guest lecturers are invited to give an evening lecture on a special and well defined topic. This topic is defined by the 10 students of the PHD-college EWARD in accordance with their supervisors.
Morning lectures: Four groups of two or three EWARD-PhD-students give a short introduction to the topic and methodology of their PhD-work. Each guest lecturer will give comments on the respective PhD-concept.

Background to the Ring-Vorlesung
The doctorate college “Energy and Resource Awareness in Urban and Regional Development” is embedded in a broad range of initiatives at the Vienna University of Technology, as well as taking up the current scientific and public debate on transformation processes of European cities with respect to infill development, urban growth as well as spatial consolidation and shrinkage, urban competitiveness and cooperation, energy and resource demand and supply. The college is interdisciplinary and thus fits into the current research fields of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning (e.g. “Eco-efficient development and planning of the built environment”), as well as into the overall research focus of the Vienna University of Technology (e.g. “Energy and Environment”). The doctorate college aims at strategic planning for an energy-aware spatial development at different spatial levels (scales) by combining problem-based positive analysis and approaches with planning and normative conclusions.