Technology-driven change and the processes of transformation initiated and forced by digital innovations pose profound challenges to society, planning and architecture – to the built and infrastructural, functional and cultural context of cities and spaces. In many cases, the so-called “Smart City” is becoming the new, extremely complex model of choice in regional development when it comes to designing intelligent and innovative solutions for the responsible and sustainable use of resources. Digital technologies have considerably widened the range of options both in the design and in the planning process, as well as in the production of components. Ever more complex tasks can be handled with these technologies in the various fields of architecture and planning. The use of digital technologies is therefore gaining ground across the board in architecture and in the approaches being made vis-à-vis spatial planning. This calls for everyone involved to reflect on and further develop changing working methods and new opportunities, creating a substantial need for research.
Central fields of work and research can be found in the following areas:
+ Developing generative and parametric methods for design development (Design Space Exploration)
+ Developing methods and digital tools for dynamic simulation and visualisation in urban and spatial planning as well as for the analysis, reconstruction and visualisation of historical buildings and building sections
+ Addressing the opportunities and risks of automated transport in the context of urban and spatial development
+ Influence of digital technologies on planning, participation and decision processes in urban and spatial planning
+ Impact of digital strategies and technologies on cities and society
+ Ethics / Philosophy of Technology