For a long time, the Erzberg mine brought prosperity and growth to Eisenerz. However, from the 1960s on, fewer miners were needed and there was a dramatic exodus from the town. In 2003, instead of simply continuing to manage the decline, the city tackled the challenge head on by introducing the redesign Eisenerz initiative. As a result, residents moved into the revived centre in a socially moderated approach, while renovations, temporary uses and new uses of vacancies were promoted. The ‘Urban Camping’ of the identity-building Rostfest festival and the Alpin Resort are proof of the strategy’s success, as is the Nordic Education Center (NAZ) and the ‘Forschungszentrum am Berg’ research site. Diversification, recognition, culture as a driving force for development and above all a strong local network of actors are the cornerstones of this complex and challenging transformation process, making Eisenerz a testing ground for post-growth society in the best sense.
redesign Eisenerz, Stadtgemeinde Eisenerz, Nussmüller Architekten, SCAN – Agentur für Markt- und Gesellschaftsanalytik, 2006–2021
Municipality of Eisenerz, Nussmüller Architects, SCAN – Agency for Market and Social Analysis
Rostfest 2020, 2020
Rostfest 2021, 2021
Project partner and funding body: Land Steiermark
Humusaufbau-Projekt Kaindorf, Gerald Dunst, seit 2007
Pflanzenkohle, Klaus Schrefler & Thomas Gösweiner, 2021
Klaus Schrefler & Thomas Gösweiner
This project is devoted to researching, communicating and promoting humus formation.
Better Care, 2019
It’s 2025 and Nadia, a care worker, is on her way in a driverless car to visit Pam, an elderly woman whose mobility is restricted after a stroke. With the help of a robotic walking stick and a machine that reminds her to take her medication, Pam receives basic support.
Architecture Broadcasting Network, seit 2020
KOEN Institute of Construction and Design Principles / Graz University of Technology
Video, graphics and photos: KOEN
As a social practice, architecture essentially points to a totality of spatial, technological, social and economic developments.
e-prop – Brain Inspired Computing, from 2019
Animation: TU Graz
Researchers in the field of Brain Inspired Computing are using the human brain as a model in an attempt to make AI more energy-efficient.
Neuberg College, from 2015
Verein für Übersetzung der Gesellschaft (Association for the Translation of Society)
Since 2015, an open collective of artists and scientists has been developing the non-profit Neuberg College in collaboration with the town of Neuberg an der Mürz. It is devoted to process-open learning and engages with its rural surroundings.
Graz 2030 cycling campaign, seit 2020
Artgineering Office for Urbanism and Architecture
The bicycle plays a key role in urban mobility of the future. Often neglected in the car-friendly city of recent decades, a group of bicycle activists in Graz provided a significant impetus to bicycle mobility in 1980.
KooWo – Kooperatives Wohnen, (cooperative living), Eggersdorf bei Graz, seit 2019
wohnlabor, Verein Kooperatives Wohnen Volkersdorf, Die WoGen – Wohnprojekte-Genossenschaft
Cooperative, shared and self-determined – can it work?
The Blue Frog Society – A habitat without territory, 2011
The Blue Frog Society is the fictional vision of a future society. Our habitat is no longer shaped by (spatial) property claims, but by communal, non-material values that arise from an open-ended negotiation process and which are based on a broad understanding of commons.