Summer School Ternitz

Project Name: Summer School Ternitz in cooperation with TU Wien
Location: Dreiersiedlung, Ternitz, Lower Austria
Year: 2022
Team Mostlikely: Marlene Lötsch, Mark Neuner
Consortium: einszueins architektur, Caritas, carla lo, Schöberl & Pöll Bauphysik, Schwarzatal
TU Wien: Institut für Städtebau, Landschaftsarchitektur und Entwerfen: Univ.Prof.in Dipl.-Ing Ute Schneider, Almar Johan De Ruiter, MSc
Students: Max Puhr, Anna Wenisch, Maria Aikaterina Travlou, Danae Kokla, Alexander Thoma, Sebastian Wack, Moses Effnert, Patrick Strassberger, Sina Stadlbauer, Antonia Karner, Franziska Hummel, Karolin Wagner, Eva Maria Neumaier, Julia Kley, Lara Lübke, Sibylla Helena Windisch, Benedikt Mass, Maximilian Flassak
Supported by: FFG, klima+energiefonds
Time frame: 1 week designing, 2 weeks building

In July 2022 we held a three-week summer school in Ternitz, Lower Austria, for 20 students of the Architectural faculty of TU Wien.
Embedded in the long-term research project “Transform Ternitz” by the project consortium under the lead of Caritas Stadtteilarbeit and einszueins architektur, the summer school’s goal was to redefine existing open spaces of the settlement, strengthen the community, and set new impulses for Ternitz.

Dreiersiedlung – a former worker's settlement in Ternitz, photo by Caritas Österreich

The notion of a city is often associated with the image of growth.
However, as a result of structural change, there are former industrial cities that have been in decline for decades. Ternitz, in Lower Austria, is a good example of that. Yet, in shrinking towns also lies great potential for transformation, providing opportunities to rethink our image of a city.
Residents of the former steel worker’s settlement “Dreiersiedlung” currently face problems like social isolation, over-aging, segregation, reduced mobility, and especially a lack of well-equipped, shared public infrastructures and spaces. However, the settlement provides great spatial potential with generous green areas, vast amounts of unused space, and numerous vacant apartments.


The students and the tutoring team spent three weeks in Ternitz: this helped to share knowledge among the group and enabled constant exchange with the residents. The summer school students teamed up in 4 groups, each working on their design projects for different sites in the worker’s settlement to design and build a range of new shared infrastructures. The designs, their program and placement were carefully chosen to meet the needs of different people at the Dreiersiedlung.

After an intensive design phase, the students presented their proposals to the project partners and residents and then started translating their ideas into built objects.


Despite each group being equipped with the same amount of wood, a great variety of designs was created. However, all projects aimed to set new impulses for the settlement. Based on this low-tech manufacturing approach, we designed, discussed, tested, dismantled, improved, built, and finally joyfully inaugurated different Common Spaces with the residents of the Dreiersiedlung.

Maximilian Flassak, Sibylla Windisch, Benedikt Mass, Lara Lübke with their project "Bankerl mit Schmankerl", photo by: Paula Brücke

Colorful mobile furniture pieces are placed in specific gathering points of the settlement.  The set of furniture objects can be combined in various ways and – depending on the configuration – offers different scales of privacy or communication.

Julia Kley, Karolin Wagner, Antonia Karner, Franzisa Hummel, Eva Maria Neumaier with their project "Das Eckerl" photo by: Antonia Karner
Collage by Julia Kley, Karolin Wagner, Antonia Karner, Franzisa Hummel, Eva Maria Neumaier

A wooden platform with a swap shelf, a solid bench, and a table work as a new infrastructure for Caritas Österreich which will be on-site in the years to come to accompany the transformation of the area. An elevated terrace with seating steps investigates the spatial and functional potential of connecting the mezzanine floor to the outdoor spaces.

Patrick Strassberger, Moses Effnert, Sebastian Wack, Sina Stadlbauer with their project "Tischlein streck dich", photo by: Paula Brücke

Shaded by large trees – A 15m-long table with a large wooden structure now serves as a central meeting point for festivities, neighborhood dinners, or card games.

The students and tutoring team, photo by Paula Brücke
Danae Helena Kokla, Max Puhr, Alexander Toma, Maria Traviou, Anna Wenisch with their project "Dreierplatzl", photo by: Paula Brücke

Right between the „Volkshaus“ and the children’s playground, one can now find an outdoor kitchen and seating facilities for gathering, relaxing, cheering, or playing.

Image taken from the Video "Stadt und Resilienz – Transform Ternitz" by Agentur Gegenblick
Image taken from the Video "Stadt und Resilienz – Transform Ternitz" by Agentur Gegenblick

Agentur Gegenblick visited us during a card game afternoon organized by the Caritas Team and produced a beautiful video with a part about Ternitz. Watch the video here!