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
Take a Walk on the Mind Side!, 2020
Erstmals als nachdenkliche Werbebotschaften vom Künstler selbst durch den Stadtraum getragen, verweisen die Botschaften zum Wert von Arbeit oder Kultur auf Abhängigkeiten von Ökonomie, Status und Aufmerksamkeit.
SoWAS, from 2021
Institute of Logistics Engineering/Graz University of Technology, City of Graz
By now almost all of us are familiar with the self-service area at the post office – where you can pick up and drop off parcels 24 hours a day. But a ‘Paketbox’ parcel box can do even more than this.
100 Spectres, 2018–2020 (selection from a 110-piece series)
With the help of the Limnological Institute in Konstanz, Sarah Bildstein analysed water samples from all over the world.
Shaping Stanz together, from 2016
Municipality of Stanz im Mürztal, SCAN – Agency for Market and Social Analysis, Nussmüller Architects
Stanz is not like any other place. It is situated in the heart of the Mürztal valley, which is experiencing structural change and emigration – and yet this community of 1,848 inhabitants grows by a few inhabitants every year. Together with 21 other European towns, it presents its recipe for success to the EU Commission.
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.
Holding Graz, Grazer Energieagentur
Beyond purely technological research, move2zero is developing a holistic concept for the complete decarbonisation of the urban bus system in Graz.
tim. täglich. intelligent. mobil (tim. daily. intelligent. mobile.), from 2016
Graz and central region of Styria, from 2016 Holding Graz
tim is ‘your ideal companion through everyday mobility’, promises the service, which has been appearing in and around Graz in the form of mobility hubs since 2016.