SKuOR 2015: Urban culture, public space and the past – Urban peace and national welfare

In March 2015 the new City of Vienna Visiting professor Dr. Nikolai Roskamm (TU Berlin) - is starting to work at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) in the field of Urban culture, public space and the past– Urban peace and national welfare. Together with Dr. Sabine Knierbein, Head of SKuOR and the PhD candidate Dipl. Ing. (Arch) Tihomir Viderman, MSc Nikolai Roskamm will be involved in research and teaching activities during the summer term 2015. SKuOR offers a set of integrated courses compiled as Module 11 'Urban Culture and Public Space: Welfare farewell? Exploring the Past(s)'. These three courses, all in english language, at the Vienna University of Technology mainly address master students in related disciplines, such as planning, architecture, urban design, geography, sociology, landscape architecture, cultural studies,.. . Late bachelor students as well as PhD students are most welcome to join in too! Please register via the TISS system. Furthermore, SKuOR also offers an exercise which relates to a PhD symposium (cooperation between Vienna UT, the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Alberta, Canada) taking place in April.

Call: PhD Symposium, Vienna, 17th/18th April 2015, Public Life - Towards a politics of care. Bodies. Place. Matter.

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Book Review

Ali Madanipour, Sabine Knierbein, and Aglaée Degros (2014): Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe, New York and London: Routledge
by Joaquín Villanueva, Urban Geography Research Group


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_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.
Cover image: KARO* architekten
English. 232 pages.
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)

The production of central public spaces and the economy of attention. Aesthetic, economic and medial restructuring by design-related coalitions in Berlin since 1980.
Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
Since the 1980s public spaces are challenged by manifest aesthetic changes. This book follows the assumption that institutional transformations are expressed by these aesthetic changes. Institutional transformations which point to changing roles of the state and of markets in public space production processes. Read more.
Foreword by Max Welch Guerra. 437 pages. 51 illustrations, 2 of them in colour, and 14 tables. Br.
ISBN: 978-3-531-17424-2.
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften


24th of February 2015
Workshop “Vital Public Spaces: Promoting Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements through Designing and Managing Public Spaces”, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), all day, Geneva, Palais des Nations.
05th of March 2015
Panel discussion Smart City. Lösungen für die Innovative Stadt, 18.00, in the Planungswerkstatt Wien.
09th-13th of March 2015
Module 11 "Urban Culture and Public Space: Welfare farewell? Exploring the Past(s)", Intensive Teaching Block I
11th of March 2015
CoVVP 2015: Hearing Dr. Carolin Schröder, Prechtlsaal, Vienna UT, main building, 12.00-13.30.
12th of March 2015
CoVVP 2015: Hearing Prof. Dr. Sybille Frank, Prechtlsaal, Vienna UT, main building, 12.00-13.30.
17th/18th of April 2015
PhD Symposium: Public Life - Towards a politics of care. Bodies. Place. Matter. Cooperation between Vienna UT/Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and University of Alberta (Canada), all day, Semper Depot Vienna/Mobiles Stadtlabor Karlsplatz.
17th/18th of April 2015
Book Launch “Public space and relational perspectives. New challenges for architecture and planning", 18.00, Mobiles Stadtlabor, Karlsplatz
20.00, SKuOR Soirée - Evening Reception
18th-22nd of May 2015
Module 11 "Urban Culture and Public Space: Welfare farewell? Exploring the Past(s)", Intensive Teaching Block II
15th-19th of Juni 2015
Module 11 "Urban Culture and Public Space: Welfare farewell? Exploring the Past(s)", Intensive Teaching Block III