Urbane GmbA - Urban potential of greenable area in the obscured stock

Urbane GmbA aims to explore and assess the potential of greenable area from building and obscured stock (vertical and horizontal areas) in Vienna, to apply currently available survey instruments and to show research and development needs.

Short Description



Starting point / motivation

Enlarging urban greenery areas is no longer the sole vision of ecologically oriented minorities. The Paris Climate Agreement 2015 pushed the need for counter measures forward and onto political and regulatory agendas.

In spatial development, natural structures aim to be integral and complementary to grey infrastructure. Restructuring of urban areas, as of buildings and obscured stock with green concepts for both horizontal and vertical orientation, have presumably larger potential than the mere consideration of newly established green structures.

Contents and goals

Large scale advancement of urban green infrastructures on buildings and obscured stock requires reliable data referring to current state and area potentials. Currently available instruments only give incomplete pictures. Differing and fragmented approaches raise complexity and are a limiting factor.


Urbane GmbA explores on how to merge the established instruments to prepare an according F&E initiative for a comprehensive survey procedure. Currently available survey instruments will be applied. The application results will be evaluated and verified at the project areas Neulerchenfelderstraße and Innerfavoriten Kretaviertel (target area Innovationlab GrünStattGrau).

Urbane GmbA will define and categorise possible measures and State of the Art technologies to expand green infrastructure and to test the technology readiness level. These methods are among other technologies the Green Roof Potential Area Registry (Gründachpotenzialkataster) of the City of Vienna, the registry for potentially contaminated sites (Verdachtsflächenkataster) and the analysis of aerial images as well as the Ground Penetrating Radar.

Furthermore, Urbane GmbA will explore economic valuing approaches, additional innovation potentials and technology innovations. Targeted research and development needs for R&D, urban development and implementation will be defined.

Expected results

The expected result of the project is the performance assessment of the currently available survey instruments and systems for their usability. Potential areas will be evaluated and technologies analysed to point out innovation opportunities. This will lead to a road map for the implementation measures of MA22 and Innovationlab GrünstattGrau.

Project Partners

Project management

Univ.-Prof. in DIin Dr. in Rosemarie Stangl, Institute of Soil-Bioengineering and Landscape Construction, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Project partners

  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • GrünstattGrau GmbH
  • MA22 Wiener Umweltschutzabteilung

Contact Address

Institute of Soil-Bioengineering and Landscape Construction
Department of Civil Engineering and Natural Hazards
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Peter-Jordan-Straße 82
A-1190 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (1) 47654-87401/-87426
E-mail: rosemarie.stangl@boku.ac.at
Web: http://www.baunat.boku.ac.at/en/iblb/