Many topics, much knowledge: a glossary
It comes as no surprise that new terms keep popping up around the diversity of these approaches and endeavours. In our blog, we constantly pick up on current trends and topics, explain current developments and what they mean for the work of WEGRAZ. To ensure that these important topics are not lost, but can be consulted in the long term, we create a glossary; which of course is constantly growing. This digital reference work contains the latest news and interesting facts about architecture, building, trends, sustainable location and project development, as well as tips and links to further information.

Collaborative living

A keyword with great significance: “collaborative living” subsumes social, functional, cultural and ecological aspects of future forms of living. In essence, collaborative living is about reduced, individual living space and larger, communally usable rooms in a larger complex (shared space). A new sense of community also goes hand in hand with this: childcare, shopping or intergenerational togetherness are examples. “Collaborative living” will have a significant influence on the planning of living space and locations.

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“Sharing”: This term is now regularly encountered in current location projects. It describes the trend towards structuring living space in the future (collaborative living): More space for shared use while reducing individual living space. The principle of “sharing” (coworking spaces) is already familiar in business premises, as well as in mobility (car sharing, city bikes). “Shared spaces are now also increasingly found in private location concepts. “Shared spaces” include, for example, guest and play rooms, hobby and office spaces or outdoor areas.

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Smart Living

Smart Cities, Smart Living, Smart Homes: What will make our future life “smart”? In short, it is about the realisation of sustainable living concepts, especially in conurbations. Using (digital) technical possibilities and insights from ecological, socio-cultural and resource-related perspectives, “Smart City” and “Smart Living” concepts hold great hope and responsibility for inclusive development concepts that make cities more liveable, progressive and efficient.

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Third Places

When implementing contemporary living concepts, one encounters the trend of “Third Spaces”. This trend is a side effect of the mobility that shapes our society in all areas. “Third Places” are all those places where the mobile society can do everything, always and everywhere. Living (the first place) and the classic workplace (the second place) are gradually losing importance and space. “Third places” must therefore be taken into account in concepts of collaborative living, in the form of shared spaces, as well as in gastronomy concepts and even in the use and spatial planning of airports and railway stations.

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