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It introduces participative, integrative and creative-artistic elements and develops innovative metropolitan strategies as well as place-based solutions. Based on a co-creative and dialogue-oriented planning and design approach, it fosters not only placemaking interventions, but also the transfer of cutting-edge knowledge in creative urban planning and bureaucracy. Facing the immensity of contemporary urban challenges, the MetroLab works with an elaborated toolbox of metropolitan planning.
Our methodology and planning approach are based on the following principles:
Metropolitanisation as a driver of development
We live in an age of fast growing cities, which constantly have to prove their ability to innovate and adapt to changing conditions. To create inclusive, sustainable and resilient human settlements must therefore be the main goal to meet new demands accelerated by metropolitanisation. The MetroLab sees this claim as an opportunity to strengthen the development and management of metropolitan areas and to understand this process as a conscious design task.
Creative Governance as an incentive to foster cooperation
Since pressing issues such as climate change mitigation, the handling of uncontrolled growth or the adaption to new mobility patterns can’t be solved exclusively on a local scale, the need of an intensified cooperation across administrative borders and better coordination among all levels of governance becomes evident. Therefore, MetroLab points to the crucial importance of the regional metropolitan dimension and the need for creative solutions that bring together a variety of stakeholders.
Metropolitan Planning as a new discipline
The implementation of new communicative and multisectoral planning tools is the key to raise awareness of emerging metropolitan challenges. Due to different morphological, functional and legal definitions of metropolitan areas, independent advisory services provide essential support in identifying the actual need for action. Thus, we aim to contribute to building the foundation for a new kind of metropolitan planning: a practice discipline that promotes bottom-up processes at the metropolitan level.
Our team consists of the partnering offices Superwien urbanism and CoCo architecture.
The joint MetoLab office in Vienna was founded in early 2020.
Expert for Urban Design, Sustainable Mobility and Product Design
Architect and Urban Planner
Expert for Urban Design, Circular Economy and Territorial Strategies
Urban and Regional Planner ZT
Expert for Urban Design, Urban Economics, Participatory Planning and
Architect and Urban Planner
Expert for Architecture and Housing Development Strategies
Junior Urban Designer
Expert for Urban Design and Climate Neutral Transformation of Urban Space
Expert for Sustainable Urban Design and Climate-Neutral Transformation
Junior Urban Planner
Expert for Metropolitan Strategies and Climate-Neutral Transformation
Superwien is a studio for architecture and urbanism based in Vienna, Austria. The office supports public and private institutions in order to achieve sustainable urban change. Besides developing strategic plans, masterplans and public space projects, Superwien specializes in participatory and dialogue-oriented planning techniques from the national to the global scale.
CoCo architecture, founded by French-Austrian architects, is an internationally operating network office with three branches in France and one in Vienna, Austria. With its ambitious projects realized all around the globe the CoCo architecture and urban design studio reflects local thinking and traditional attitudes as well as modern approaches. It aims to be a catalyst for social change, putting environmental and lifestyle values at the heart of human endeavour.