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Conceptions of the Desirable

What Cities Ought to Know about the Future

  • Authors
  • Building up a new city district: Life, Work, Urbanity and Education

  • Documentation of a research for sustainable urban development

  • With a foreword by Clifford Pearson, Architectural record


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-15
  2. Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 16-21
    2. Edith Lindbauer
      Pages 22-25
    3. Clifford Pearson
      Pages 25-25
    4. Gert Steinbäcker
      Pages 26-28
    5. Clifford Pearson
      Pages 29-29
    6. Kamdem Mou Poh à Hom
      Pages 30-33
    7. Christian Mikunda
      Pages 34-37
    8. Bodo Hell
      Pages 38-40
    9. Silvia Staub-Bernasconi
      Pages 42-44
    10. Clifford Pearson
      Pages 45-45
    11. Franz Küberl
      Pages 46-50
    12. Clifford Pearson
      Pages 51-57
    13. Clifford Pearson
      Pages 58-59
  3. Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 60-65
    2. Hermann Hauser
      Pages 66-69
    3. Katharina Kaesbach
      Pages 70-73
    4. Ulla Pirttijärvi
      Pages 74-76
    5. Clifford Pearson
      Pages 77-77

About this book


Right in the heart of Graz, the second largest city in Austria, an entire city district had simply fallen into oblivion. Now, the industrial park of the former Reininghaus Brewery has been rediscovered.

The new owners have taken up the search for answers: How, in future, do we wish to work and live?

In his foreword, Clifford Pearson deputy editor of the Architectural record, writes:

"I don’t know what Reininghaus will be like when people start moving there. I have no idea if it will be a model that other developers or community builders will want to follow. But I am impressed with the way its founders are approaching their task. They’re asking the right questions and talking to some fascinating people. They’re thinking and wondering before they start defining and designing. By doing so, they’ve gotten my attention.”

The book presents the results of a research by structuring its content into: Life, Work, Urbanity and Education.


Real Estate Development Urbanism urban geography and urbanism

About the authors

Asset One

Since May 2005, the Real Estate Development Corporation, headquartered in Graz, has owned the properties formerly held by the Brau AG. The intention is to create greater living satisfaction through an increase in value that balances economic and cultural interests.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Conceptions of the Desirable
  • Book Subtitle What Cities Ought to Know about the Future
  • Editors
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-211-71259-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-211-99896-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-211-71260-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 204
  • Number of Illustrations 90 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urbanism
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