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Built Environment Symposium


The number of people living in cities is increasing. Together with a growing concentration in cities, there is a bigger need for more humane living spaces. The question remains: what does the ideal urban living space look like? What is the potential of construction planning as an effective means for improving the livability of our cities? Based on examples from the German-speaking area, the Alpbach Built Environment Symposium will outline the challenges to a humane planning of cities and living spaces.

The concepts of other European cities will serve as a starting point of discussion. The increasing trend for creating greening zones leads to an upgrading of houses, streets and parks. Citizens strive to become more actively involved in organising their surroundings. New questions regarding infrastructures arise. Which instruments of good city and regional planning are already in use and which instruments are yet to be devised? Which new approaches in housing policy concentrate on reconciling urban agglomeration with quality of life? Experts from the areas of planning, research, architecture, and politics will discuss these questions and share their visions of the ideal living space of the future.

Built Environment Symposium

show timetable


07:30 - 07:45 Opening Plenary
07:45 - 09:15 Building living environments Plenary
09:45 - 11:15 Philosophy of green spaces Plenary
13:00 - 14:30 Civic Participation and Civic Responsibility Plenary
15:00 - 16:30 Consequences of increasing urban agglomeration Plenary
16:45 - 17:30 The ideal apartment Plenary
19:00 - 21:00 Reception hosted by the Central Bank of Austria Social


07:00 - 08:30 Instruments of Good Urban Planning Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Mixing it up – New approaches in housing policy Plenary
10:30 - 10:45 Closing Remarks Plenary
11:15 - 11:15 Lunch reception hosted by the European Forum Alpbach Social