In both teaching and research the design of living space for the future urban society is developed and reflected. In the light of spatial, climate and demographical changing processes of city and landscape, it is particularly about an involvement with the design of public space: streets and squares, parl, greenways and public gardens, landscape gaps in between settled areas. Another focus lies on building-related open space.

The teaching aims at the imparting of basic knowledge in order to enable the students to develop ambitious and sustainable design solutions for open spaces out of the complex melange of technical, ecological, socio-economical and aesthetical-spatial requirements. This also involves a sensitisation for distinct urban and rural structures on different scales.

Important starting points for research emerge from the increasingly complex transformation processes of urban space. In this context, the department takes on the task to identify and develop suitable strategies for the handling of city and open space, based on existing projects and cooperations. The fields of work include: new forms of participation in public space, urban development via open space design, revaluation of infrastructures and the reflection of different design methods.