Society in Motion

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Type and Duration

ERASMUS, December 2016 until August 2019 (finished)


Institute of Architecture and Planning

Main Research

Sustainable Planning and Construction

Field of Research

Sustainable Urban Design


Migration is the key driver of urban change worldwide. It is also responsible for new patterns of urban diversity and will pose particular social and political challenges in Europe in the next years. Within this research, we will analyse the current situation of people in motion socially, architecturally and spatially on multiple levels (local, regional and European level) as they have social and economic capital. Even if people in motion are often stated as temporary residents, the ideas and tools possess to demand solutions to existing problems and to begin implementing them in the spatial planning. Even though permanent settlements are an essential characteristic of cities, architects should search for solutions that include the needs of today's flexible life amid the jungle of buildings.

The aim of the 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. Furthermore, the project calls a more socially just planning awareness and for social action which can take place at various planning levels. In this context, this issues will be discussed in open dialogue together with students, teachers, researchers, local and regional experts and actors.

The project is supported by an Erasmus+ grant for strategic partnership for higher education to conduct three workshops together with students and researchers from BAS Bergen, Angewandte Wien and the University of Liechtenstein. The workshops take place in summer 2017, 2018 and 2019.


Architecture, Regional Planning, Society, Urban Change, Motion


  • Europäische Kommission Brüssel



  • 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.