E_Profil 2017

The Ars Electronica Futurelab amongst other project- and co-opertional partners of the city and regional research and department for spatial planning of the town of Linz was invited to develop a tool by which the power consumption of two districts could be recorded and by which it was possible to trace the weak spots in the ergonomic and ecologic balances.

Nicolas Naveau, artist and senior researcher at Ars Electronica Futurelab was commissioned to develop a tool to trace the energy waste at the Linz quarters Franckviertel and Kleinmünchen. Credit: Markus Scholl


Academic partners and private entrepreneurs, which bring different expertises to the table to work out an agenda for the quarters Frankviertel and Kleinmünchen, kept meeting members of the Ars Electronica Futurelab over several months. The results of those regular workshops helped to create an online tool which can effectively demonstrate the development of several parameters, giving a concise picture about the waste of energy and the measures which should be deduced from them, that help to gain a better energy balance for those areas.


Despite huge steps in structural engineering (foremost in new construction and thermal restructuring) as well as in the implementation of district heating networks, there are deficits: measures which are taken primarily from a building-perspective do not always portrait the upmost of efficiency and do guarantee an insufficient security of supply only.


Project leader Rudolf Giffinger introduces all the people who contributed to E_Profil. Credit: Markus Scholl


Contents and Goals

Given the fact of different potentials, chances and limits in the settlement structures of a town plus well-known deficiencies the following goals and achievements were conceived of:

  • Conceptualization of a guiding framework which contains criteria for an integrative and effective management of the self-sufficient transformation process of those quarters
  • Working out a planning approach on the basis of an analysis and modelling of concrete and wanted quarter-profiles – “quarter-specific quarter-profiles” to resilient energy-supply.



The following results were actively pursued:

  • A concept that contains criteria for an integrative and effective management of the energy-sufficient transformational process in the whole agglomeration area.
  • A process-orientated managerial approach to the transformational efforts in the quarter, including a tool case.
  • The further development of the tool SEMERGY, to trace energy consumption-figures on the quarter’s level, which was to be provided by the Ars Electronica Futurelab in the guise of a website including an implementation of measuring instruments.


Professor Verena Madner of WU Wien is consulting as an expert in construction law and environmental law. Credit: Markus Scholl



Project Lead: Univ. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Giffinger

Ars Electronica Futurelab: Nicolas Naveau (Senior Researcher & Artist), Susanne Teufelauer (Praktikantin)

Forschungsinstitut für Urban Management and Governance, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien: Prof. Verena Madner

Abteilung Bauphysik und Bauökologie, Technische Universität Wien

Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt Linz, Direktion Stadtentwicklung: DI Gunter Annsberger – Director PTU Stadt Linz

Linz AG für Energie, Telekommunikation, Verkehr und kommunale Dienst: DI Gerfried Berger

mecca consulting – Ingenieurbüro für Raum- und Landschaftsplanung: Hannes Schaffer

Enoquent: Johannes Pointner (GF)


The project is founded by the  BMVIT via the programme „Stadt der Zukunft“.