Displaced. Refugees and the City: Open Project Week City, Space and Escape.

5 -  8 October 2015, 10am - 16pm, Urbanize Festivalzentrale, Marxergasse 1, 1030 Wien, Room Nr. 59, reachability: U3, U4, city train, Landstraße-Wien Mitte. Room program. An event organized by Vienna UT - Faculty of Architecture and Planning - Institute of Art and Design 1, SKuOR Interdisciplinary Center for Urban Culture and Public Space, PROSA Projekt Schule für Alle (Project School for All), bink - Built Environment Education for young people in cooperation with Urbanize Festival. Cost contribution: free donation. Binding registration (only whole project week possible) until 30 September by email to info@skuor.tuwien.ac.at. Read more (German).


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 by Christine Mady, in Urban Studies Journal.
Press release by UT Vienna (only available in German)
My place their place our place Interdisciplinary Center for Urban Culture and Public Space in cooperation with the City of Vienna, Municipality Department 21 (2015)
My Place, their Place, our Place. Urban Culture, Public Space and Knowledge - Education and Difference.
Booklet Bachelor Projekt "Introduction to urban studies” with contributions from Jeff Hou, Sabine Knierbein, Elke Rauth, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara and Tihomir Viderman as well as from the students of the Bachelor Project winter term 13/14. Preface from Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou. Free copies available in SKuOR Office. 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 (articles are available online).


5th-9th of October 2015
First Intensive Teaching Block:
Project Refugees and the City in cooperation with Urbanize 2015 and the Institute of Art and Design 1, PROSA Projekt Schule für Alle (Project School for All), bink - Built Environment Education for young people, Urbanize Festivalzentrale, Room 59, Marxergasse 1, 1030 Vienna.
Thesis Seminar, KickOff Meeting 8.10., seminar room 1, Karlsgasse 13/1. Application via tiss.
7th of October 2015
Candidate Hearings City of Vienna Visiting Professorship 2017, Urbanize Festivalzentrale, Room R8/R9 (Vortragsraum), Marxergasse 1, 1030 Vienna:
Ed Wall (University of Greenwich, UK):  Everyday extraordinary. Contrasting practices of public space, 11.00-12.30
Jaime Hernandez Garcia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia): Informal Public Space. Production, Consumption and Materialization, 12.45-14.00.
8th of October 2015
„Table of Plenty“ Displaced. Stadt, Raum und Flucht. Public Evening Event, Urbanize Festivalzentrale, Raum R8/R9 (Vortragsraum), Marxergasse 1, 1030 Vienna, 19.00.
9th of November 2015
Guest Lecture Dr. Christian Dimmer (University of Tokyo, Japan): Between Collaboration and Contestation. New Urban Common Worlds and Public Space in Post-Growth Tokyo, 12.15-13.30, Hörsaal 7, main building, Vienna UT (tbc).
11th of November 2015
Candidate Hearing City of Vienna Visiting Professorship 2017, Kathrin Wildner (HCU Hamburg and Berlin Weissensee School of Art, Germany): Inventive Methodology for Urban Research, 11.00-12.30, Hörsaal 14, main building, Vienna UT.