RESEARCH AT THE FACULTY
The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning examines the impact of the built environment on the overall life cycle of built structures and social activities with a view to greater sustainability. The huge social relevance of this field forms the focus both of basic research and applied and transfer-oriented research.
The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning is one of the most prestigious in Europe. It is part of the University of Stuttgart's research collaboration project – Stuttgart Research Center for Architecture – and the "Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture" excellence cluster is anchored within the Faculty – both being important pillars of pioneering national research and innovation in architecture.
A faculty-specific research contribution is "design" and "planning" and artistic-creative work because progress and innovation in architecture and urban planning stem from the interplay of theory and practice.
Current research activities underline the following areas of specialization:
In the field of technology and building current economic and technological structural changes coupled with growing digitalization have moved the following topics into the focus of societal interest.
In the field of art, design and space research focuses on spatial design aspects, research by design and building typology.
In the research field city and landscape research addresses urban transformation processes and concomitant challenges such as climate change, providing housing and recreational spaces, environmental justice and participation in urban development.
In the field of society and theory research considers the transformation of societies, their modes of perception, thought and interaction, as well as economic, social and ecological change and the impact on architecture and urban planning.
Principal areas of research
Energy-efficient architecture and urban planning
Energy and the environment
Reconstruction – building after disasters
Transformation of refugee camps
Life cycle costs
Infrastructure follow-on costs
Integrated construction project and real estate management
Novel doctoral study and financing models
Innovative façade design
Modular concrete construction
New adhesive technologies
Living plant construction
GIS geoinformation systems
Computer-based generative design
Computer-assisted manufacturing processes
Robotic manufacturing in architecture
Resolving complex problems
Complex systems and communications
Planning methods and instruments
Qualities of the European city
Global urbanization processes
Inner city research
History and future of housing
History of European architecture
Media of architecture