Internationale Städteforum Graz [International Graz City Forum]
22nd-24th June 2017, Graz, Austria
DATE: 22/6/2017
A report from the ORF report recently pointed out that more and more intact Wilhelminian era buildings are falling victim to the demolition of the demolition site because of possible liability issues for long stairs without interposing, Stairs, low parapets etc. can not be clarified in legal terms. In any case, because of their historical architectural language, the buildings, which make up a large part of the Austrian building stock and are essential for the aesthetic impression of our historical city and village cores, do not correspond to the current OIB guidelines, standards, etc. 

The OIB guidelines, which are taken over by the federal states as construction engineering regulations, are based on the new building. However, as soon as changes are made, they are also valid for the historic structure, exceptions being allowed only for listed buildings. In Austria, however, only 1.6% of the entire building stock is under monument protection. For these buildings, there are explicit legal exceptions which aim to preserve the cultural and architectural value of the monuments. They do not have to adapt to the given norms and technical values, but merely to approximate themselves. However, such deviations need consensus with the building authority. 

But what about all the other historical buildings that make our cities and places so distinctive and create identity? Do you have to give up your building cultural requirements in terms of energy efficiency, accessibility, fire protection, safety regulations, etc. in order to be able to be managed? 

Do the owners ask the resignation to the building demolition to fit into the legal corset with a new building? Or vice versa: does not the obligation to comply with such rules sometimes provide a welcome argument for speculatively motivated demolition? And finally, apodictic prescriptions can be fulfilled without loss of design quality by the courage to create creative "special solutions" and the willingness to take the risk.

The ISG Symposium 2017 casts a critical look at the problem in June. From the analysis of the problem to aspects of the conservation of historic buildings and the renovation of the old town, we will try to address the questions of a practical approach from a European point of view and invite you to participate. 

The excursion takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Graz´s Old Town and to the oldest Cistercian monastery of the world, the Stift Rein. Finally we enjoy the view from the Pleschkogel to the Steirerland north of Graz!

More details: PDF below [german]