Intensified Density — A small scale densification strategy for the suburbs by using modular construction

Intensified Density — A small scale densification strategy for the suburbs by using modular construction.

Intensified Density aims to activate unused building land and to inspire visions for contextually embedded, pioneering denser small-scale forms of housing.

Intensified Density tests a modular, but needs-based mode of construction in the form of a pilot project that can be adapted to very specific contextual parameters.

Intensified Density explores how new structures link up with existing technical and social infrastructures and thus activate and further develop their potentials.

In terms of methodology, Intensified Density is a practice-based research project that centres on the architectural design process.

As part of the “Stadt der Zukunft/City of the Future” research programme the aim of our Intensified Density project is to find out whether a small-scale densification strategy for suburbs/in-between cities by means of modular architecture, while at the same time making use of existing infrastructure on vacant plots, can be a viable alternative to spreading detached house areas and large-scale projects that promise ecologically sustainable architecture and urban development by using technological measures. Intensified Density thus responds to progressive urban sprawl, that – according to the Austrian Regional Planning Conference – has been a problem in need of corrective action since the end of the 1990s.

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12th October 2017


HDA Graz


Aglaée Degros (Urban designer, Brussels, TU Graz)
Matthew Griffin (Architect, Berlin)
Marianne Skjulhaug (Architect, Oslo School of Architecure and Design)
Bernd Vlay (Architect, Wien)
Sophie Wolfrum (Urban designer, TU München)