Call University Assistant Position (PhD Candidate)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space  offers a temporary part-time university assistant position. Time of employment: 24th September 15 to 23rd May 16 (25 hours/week, postgraduate level (Prädoc)). Deadline for applications: 30th June 2015 via email to and
For further information, please visit this link on our website. For full text of the call, please see the “Mitteilungsblatt TU Wien”, No. 116.4.1. published 3rd June 2015 via this link.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further questions.


cover public space and relational perspectives TORNAGHI Chiara, KNIERBEIN Sabine (2015)
Public Space and Relational Perspectives. New Challenges for Architecture and Planning. Routledge.
Traditional approaches to understand space tend to view public space mainly as a shell or container, focussing on its morphological structures and functional uses. That way, its ever-changing meanings, contested or challenged uses have been largely ignored, as well as the contextual and on-going dynamics between social actors, their cultures, and struggles. The key role of space in enabling spatial opportunities for social action, the fluidity of its social meaning and the changing degree of "publicness" of a space remain unexplored fields of academic inquiry and professional practice. Public Space and Relational Perspectives offers a different understanding of public spaces in the city. The aim of the book is to (re)introduce the lived experiences in public life into the teaching curricula of those academic disciplines which deal with public space and the built environment, such as architecture, planning and urban design, as well as the social sciences. The book presents conceptual, practical and research challenges and brings together findings from activists, practitioners and theorists. The editors provide eight educational challenges that educators can endorse when training future practitioners and researchers to accept and to engage with the social relations that unfold in and through public space.
Cover image: KARO* architekten
Book Review von Christine Mady, in Urban Studies Journal.
My place their place our place Interdisciplinary Center for Urban Culture and Public Space in Kooperation mit der Stadt Wien, MA 21 (2015)
My Place, their Place, our Place. Urban Culture, Public Space and Knowledge - Education and Difference.
Booklet Bachelorprojekt "Introduction to urban studies” mit Beiträgen von Jeff Hou, Sabine Knierbein, Elke Rauth, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara und Tihomir Viderman sowie den Studierenden des Bachelorprojektes WS 13/14. Vorwort von Vizebürgermeisterin Maria Vassilakou. Kostenlos für Selbstabhholer. Mail
cover_issue_4060_es_ES Guest-edited by DOMINGUEZ, Cristina and KNIERBEIN Sabine (2014)
Espacio Público y las Políticas Urbanas. Revista Gestión y Ambiente Vol. 17, 2014/1.
9780415640558 MADANIPOUR Ali, KNIERBEIN Sabine and DEGROS Aglaee (2014)

Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe. Routledge.
European cities are changing rapidly in part due to the process of de-industrialization, European integration and economic globalization. Within those cities public spaces are the meeting place of politics and culture, social and individual territories, instrumental and expressive concerns. Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe investigates how European city authorities understand and deal with their public spaces, how this interacts with market forces, social norms and cultural expectations, whether and how this relates to the needs and experiences of their citizens, exploring new strategies and innovative practices for strengthening public spaces and urban culture. These questions are explored by looking at 13 case studies from across Europe, written by active scholars in the area of public space and organized in three parts
  • strategies, plans and policies
  • multiple roles of public space
  • and everyday life in the city.
English. 232 pages.
Book Review von Joaquín Villanueva, Urban Geography Research Group.
HOU Jeffrey, Editor. (2013)

Transcultural Cities. Border-Crossing and Placemaking. Routledge.
Transcultural Cities uses a framework of transcultural placemaking, cross-disciplinary inquiry and transnational focus to examine a collection of case studies around the world, presented by a multidisciplinary group of scholars and activists in architecture, urban planning, urban studies, art, environmental psychology, geography, political science, and social work. The book addresses the intercultural exchanges as well as the cultural trans-formation that takes place in urban spaces. In doing so, it views cultures not in isolation from each other in today’s diverse urban environments, but as mutually influenced, constituted and transformed.
English. 336 pages. ISBN: 978-0415631426
KNIERBEIN Sabine (2010)

Die Produktion zentraler öffentlicher Räume in der Aufmerksamkeitsökonomie. Ästhetische, ökonomische und mediale Restrukturierungen durch gestaltwirksame Koalitionen in Berlin seit 1980.
Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
Seit 1980 erfahren öffentliche Räume einen manifesten ästhetischen Wandel. These ist, dass sich in diesem Gestaltwandel institutionelle Transformationen ausdrücken, die auf veränderte Rollen des Staates und der Märkte bei der Produktion zentraler öffentlicher Räume verweisen. Mehr lesen.
Mit einem Geleitwort von Max Welch Guerra. 437 S. Mit 51 Abb., davon 2 in Farbe u. 14 Tab. Br.
ISBN: 978-3-531-17424-2.
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften


30. Juni 2015
Deadline Bewerbungseinreichung Prädoc-Stellenausschreibung, mehr Informationen
01.-03. Juli 2015
WTZ Forschungsmission nach Zagreb
13. Juli 2015
AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Meeting, Prag, Tschechien
13.-16. Juli 2015
Sondersession “Becoming Local Prag” während der AESOP Jahreskonferenz 2015, 18:30, Prag, Tschechische Republik
24.-25. September 2015
8. Citta Conference und AESOP Thematic Group Meeting "Becoming Local Oporto", Porto, Portugal, weitere Informationen:
09. November 2015
Gastvortrag Dr. Christian Dimmer (University of Tokyo, Japan)