The cluster focuses on a holistic socio-spatial perspective, which considers space to be a fusion of societal and built structures as well as human beings and their everyday activities. In this system, the quantifiable, material dimension of space constitutes the physical aspect of space-related practices. The symbolic dimension of space comprises historical, economic and cultural attributions. The third spatial dimension is the lived and experienced space as perceived and realised in everyday human experience. Based on this interpretation of space, theories and methods from a range of disciplines can correlate, interrelate, and be reflected on, thereby unlocking a significant innovation potential in spatial development.
Through its systematic promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of sustainable spatial development, the Lucerne UASA has had interdisciplinary teams in research, development and education for years. Experts closely collaborate with practice partners from the private and public across disciplines and are able to rely on an extensive national and international network. In the future, this culture of collaboration will be strengthened further and new fields of work and new topic areas will be explored. The participants of the cluster will create new research methods and jointly find innovative solutions with their practice partners to address the challenges of societal change. Accordingly, the degree and continuing education programmes will be enhanced in terms of interdisciplinarity and internationality. The IC is co-headed by Professor Ulrike Sturm, PhD (School of Social Work) and Stefan Kunz, architect MA FHZ SIA (School of Engineering and Architecture).