On May 3, 2016 the Professor Albert Speer – Foundation awarded two doctoral scholarships to the International Doctoral College Spatial Research Lab attached to TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology).
The International Doctoral College is geared to especially well-qualified individuals from a wide range of specialist fields with a spatial focus who wish, as part of a Ph.D. project, to address complex spatial issues through intensive academic and creative research, above all with a view to finding viable and innovative solutions to developing urban transformation settings of national and European importance.
Prof. Michael Koch | HafenCity University Hamburg
Prof. Markus Neppl | KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Prof. Bernd Scholl | ETH Zurich
Prof. Walter Schönwandt | University of Stuttgart
Prof. Andreas Voigt | TU Wien
Prof. Udo Weilacher | Technical University of Munich
The overarching theme addressed in the International Doctoral College curriculum from 2013-2016 was urban transformation settings. Multifaceted change in living spaces with a primarily inwards-oriented settlement development, changes in the field of mobility, rural areas, demographics, energy and not least the climate all call for integrated strategies and concepts for holistic transformation that can be readily visualized.
The Ph.D. scholarships bestowed by the Professor Albert Speer – Foundation went to:
Anna Kirstgen /HafenCity University Hamburg
In her Ph.D. project entitled “Raumreiz” Anna Kirstgen examines in what way designed public space impacts on its users. Is it possible, for example, to reanimate “anesthetic” urban spaces by providing “spatial incentives”? This scientific deliberation is intended to contribute to rediscovering the concept of “perception” in the design of public spaces.
Bettina Wyzz /KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Bettina Wyzz’s project “Zu Hause im Quartier?” addresses the topic of local roots and how they are realized in spatial terms. On the basis of a study of the Wiplingen quarter in Zurich, she explores what exactly “local roots” means and how this can promote the quality of life and living in urban quarters.