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Type and Duration

ERASMUS, September 2014 until August 2017 (finished)


Institute of Architecture and Planning

Main Research

Sustainable Planning and Construction

Field of Research

Sustainable Urban Design


The aim of DOKONARA - doctoral colloquium in sustainable spatial planning - is to provide scientific debates and an interdisciplinary dialogue on ongoing dissertations, including their research questions, theoretical backgrounds and empirical designs. Submissions from PhD candidates working in sustainability dimensions of Regional Development and Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Planning, Regional Science, Geography, Sociology, Social and Cultural Anthropology and related field.

In addition DOKONARA offers an integrated definition of sustainability studies and planning studies, which
a) supports PhD candidates with their dissertations in the field sustainable spatial planning
b) helps PhD candidates understand what it means to work in the field of sustainable spatial planning in terms of cognitive abilities, values, and traits and skills that exposure to sustainability studies fosters
c) introduces candidates to important controversies and recent advances in the field
d) facilitates candidates ability to think critically about real-world problems and intellectual questions that span a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields
e) introduces an environment that enables Candidates to assess the quality of work in the field of sustainable planning work by others as well their own
f) integrates discussions concerning intellectual autobiographies, PhD candidates portfolios and service learning
g) presents material that is consistent with a constructivist and pragmatic approach to researching and h) prepares PhD candidates for future challenges

Principal Investigator


  • Europäische Kommission Brüssel


  • Reikersdorfer, C. (2017). Foundations of a Theory of Sustainability in Architecture and Planning. In P. Droege & J. Knieling (Eds.), Regenerative Räume. Leitbilder und Praktiken nachhaltiger Raumentwicklung. München: Oekom Verlag.