Diploma theses

Suggestions for topics for diploma theses

"Spatial Planning 2.0"

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt
New media are increasingly changing the nature of interpersonal communication. They are also changing the way society organizes itself. What does this mean for spatial planning and the organization of planning institutions and planning processes?

Designing planning processes as learning processes

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt 
The built space is an expression of the planning and building culture of a society of a time. Fundamental changes in the physical environment therefore always require a change in thinking. Does the topic of "learning" therefore play a central role in planning processes? If so, how can this succeed and be organized wisely?

"Transition Town"

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt
Can our villages and cities be transitioned into sustainable living spaces? If so, how would these have to be designed and how could such a process of change proceed? This will be illustrated by the example of selected living spaces.

Building Land Reserves

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt 
Many (especially rural) communities have building land reserves of 30-40% measured against the total building land. This means that almost the entire local population could be accommodated again. For many regions, especially those with a low population, this phenomenon represents a central challenge for local development in the coming years and decades. How can this be dealt with and what could strategies look like using the example of selected communities? 

Binding urban land use planning in Germany

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt 
The task of binding urban land use planning is to prepare or guide the structural and other use of parcels of land in a municipality in accordance with the German Building Code (BauGB); it is thus an important instrument of urban development and urban design. Presentation and discussion of draft variants, procedural processes as well as participation procedures on the basis of concrete examples. 

Function and position of the land-use plan and land-use planning in Switzerland

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt
Presentation and discussion of tailor-made urban planning solutions for complex tasks, procedural processes as well as participation procedures on the basis of concrete examples in Switzerland. 

Development planning in Austria

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt 
On the basis of a comparison of the systematics and current practice in selected Austrian federal states, the aim is to identify tried and tested, innovative and substantive as well as methodological problems that need to be dealt with particularly attentively and to contribute to systematic further development. 

"Solving complex problems"

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt
For selected complex urban problems, "tailor-made" solutions for planning processes, procedures and corresponding spatial concepts are to be developed or discussed on the basis of existing examples with regard to their generalizability and further development.

Development planning and stormwater management

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt 
On the basis of spatially differentiated research laboratories - against the background of climate change and the scarcity of water - innovative solutions for stormwater management and its integration into development planning are to be discussed. 

Exploration of potentials and strategies for internal development

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt 
The transformation and renewal of existing buildings is of central importance for the further development of European settlement and development structures - regardless of their size and the demographic framework conditions. Based on a systematic exploration of the potentials of inner development, strategic concepts are to be developed. The consideration of qualitative and quantitative aspects, aspects of energy planning, the step-by-step approach and the acceptance of interventions are to be given special attention. The following are named as key areas: Vorarlberg-Rhine Valley, Vienna-Lower Austria, Central Area Upper Austria, Tyrol-Inntal, Central Area Carinthia, Central Area Salzburg.

Planning principles for the design of cooperative, dialogue-oriented planning processes

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt
An innovative cooperative planning process led to the design of the Vienna Danube Island as a recreational and leisure paradise about 40 years ago against the background of the conception of a permanent flood protection for Vienna. The extremely successful planning process has been published in the professional world as the "Vienna Model". 25 years after the completion of the Vienna Danube Island - against the background of currently ongoing procedures (including "test planning") - the principles for the successful design of cooperative planning processes are to be examined. 

Indicator systems for sustainable and resilient urban and spatial development

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt
The observation of changes in spatial systems over a longer period of time and an awareness-raising based on this among all those involved in the planning process, including concepts for necessary "course corrections", could contribute significantly to the preservation or design of livable spaces. Suitable indicator systems for sustainable and resilient spatial development are necessary for this.

Street Spaces

Contact: Dr. Emanuela Semlitsch
Street spaces are central and essential public spaces in a city. They materialize societal changes and are thus mirrors and focal points of a community that is in an ongoing process of transformation and negotiation. Any intervention in the physical form of street spaces always changes the use and perception of the city as well as the production of social space.
Possible thematic foci:

  • The image of the street: What images do we create, associate and transport with the concept of the street? What do we fade out? How can we transform images?
  • Materiality of the street: The street with its infrastructure on, above and below the street as a space of experience and communication that can be sensually grasped. From what does the street emerge as a place?
  • The measurement of the street: How and in which units can the street space be measured? How can "neutral" measurements be translated into tangible scales and spaces.
  • Walking | Sitting | Waiting: The street determines to a large extent our movement in and through the city. What possibilities for movement and stay does the linearity of the street with its rhythmic sequences of elements and sections offer?
  • Memory | Meaning: How do we deal with remnants, relics, memories, and monuments? For whom does the street mean what? How can street be read and translated?
  • (In)Visibility: Who or what becomes visible in the street space? What remains invisible? Which patterns become recognizable and how do we deal with them?