Society in Motion

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Type and Duration

FFF-Förderprojekt, August 2017 until February 2020 (finished)


Institute of Architecture and Planning

Main Research

Sustainable Planning and Construction

Field of Research

Sustainable Urban Design


Migration is a key driver of urban change across the globe. It has created an opportunity for new patterns of urban diversity but still pose particular social and political challenges in Europe over the coming years. Yet a state of regarding migrants as temporary phenomena gives permission to omit their needs in planning urban settlements. Within this research project with researchers from Bergen (Norway), Vienna (Austria) and Liechtenstein, we will analyse and identify the consequences of the movement of social and economic capital that people in motion often bring about. This will require study of related networks of social, architectural and spatial fields at multiple scales from local, regional, and European. The focus lies on three different case studies of people in motion (1) skilled labour migrants, (2) refugees, and (3) commuters. (1) The first case researches the spatial complexities that have evolved in response to the movement patterns of successive generations of skilled labour migrants in Norway, (2) The Viennese case serves as a strong example of how the migrants have shaped the logic of the city over several centuries. (3) The third one seeks to uncover the spatial complexities that have evolved in response to the movement patterns of daily commuting in Liechtenstein. The aim of the research project is to investigate architectural and spatial challenges for new emerging society in motion from various perspectives. Hence, the research deals with the social and political issues of people in motion and explores design and spatial opportunities for the actors involved. The ideas and tools we will accumulate will directly question the ongoing legitimacy of existing practices and propose alternatives to the current planning of our cities and settlements.


Architecture, Mobility, Society, Spatial Development, Migration


  • Forschungsförderungsfonds der Universität Liechtenstein


  • C. Faisst, C. V. Palmer & C. Rhomberg (Eds.). (2019). Pendulum Alpine Rhine Valley. Everyday commuting about Liechtenstein. Erasmus Plus Project Strategic Partnership. Vaduz: Universität Liechenstein.

  • C. Andersson, D. Elarji, C. Faisst, C. V. Palmer & C. Rhomberg (Eds.). (2018). Cities to come. Shaping logics of transition, grafted in Vienna. Vaduz: University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte) and Bergen Architekturschule (BAS).

  • Faisst, C., & Rhomberg, C. (2019). Challenges for a Society in Motion. Planning for Transition 9 - 13 July, 2019, Venice.