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Urban pop-up housing environments and their potential for local innovation systems

Project Leader
Huber-Humer Marion, Project Leader
Environmental Systems Research
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
Alchemi nova, Baumgartenstraße 93, 1140 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Johannes Kisser;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wien, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Langergraber Günter, Project Staff
Schmied Elisabeth, Project Staff
Zeilinger Julia, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Water Pollution Control
Institute of Chemical and Energy Engineering (IVET)
Institute of Landscape Planning
Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (IRUB)
Institute of Waste Management and Circularity
Contributions on Open Space Planning – Urban pop-up housing environments and their potential as local innovation systems (COSP)
Urban pop-up housing environments and their potential for local innovation systems – Subproject Spatial Planning (pop_up_space)
Funded by
Vienna Science and Technology Fund, Schlickgasse 3/12, 1090 Wien, Austria
The global need for temporary housing and pop-up living spaces is expected to increase due to multiple factors: increasing severity of natural disasters resulting in large number of displaced peoples; an increase in the number of climate refugees as a result of a changing climate; an spontaneous migration situation due to insecure political situations, terror and war; and the inability - particularly of developing countries - to provide sufficient infrastructure in pace with their rapid population growth in urban areas. Thus, there is an urgent need to find innovative, low-cost and flexible but sustainable and reuse-able concepts that are easy to construct and rapid to implement. In this respect, the research proposal focus on an inter- and multi-disciplinary scientific approach to systematically investigate and evaluate existing temporary housing options, and to create comprehensive, innovative and sustainable models for pop-up living systems in urban environments. Urban and landscape planning, architecture and building systems technologies are merged with resource related disciplines such as energy optimization, sustainable waste management, water supply and wastewater treatment as well as social and political sciences. Diverse predictive modelling approaches are applied and subsequent scenarios of pop-up housing environments are developed considering different conditions and diverse (un-used) urban spaces. Technology assessment approaches as well as energy and life-cycle-assessments (LCA) are applied to evaluate the developed models.
Urban water supply and sanitation; Sustainable building; Urban design; Waste engineering; Energy technology; Technology assessment; Landscape planning; Spatial structure; Urban planning; Sustainable urban development;
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