Concepts and critique of the production of space

Link TISS 280.535

SE Seminar / Semester hours: 2.0 / ECTS 4.0

**This course will be offered by TU Wien Visiting Professor 2018 Prof. Barbara Pizzo, Assoc. Prof. Sabine Knierbein and Univ. Ass. Judith Lehner**

i. Aim of the course

This course revisits the theoretical part offered in the lecture by focussing on case studies and empirical evidence from public space inquiry on the one hand (Barbara Pizzo: Case Studies on recent urban development from Rome; Judith Lehner: Case Studies as regards the interface of housing projects and public space from Vienna). On the other hand, we will further explore conceptions of deep and lived space theoretically in order to contrast the case study-based evidence with approaches that seek to theorize the social life of urban from (Sabine Knierbein: embodied space, critique of everyday life, Public Space and Post-Political Thought).

ii. Subject of the course

After students have been volunteering for topics in groups of two or three (depending on number of participants) already during the obligatory module kick-off/doodle registration for course topics (place, date tbc), this first seminar unit serves as an introduction to the seminar work and an explanation about the team-based dialogical way to organize a seminar in a different format. Each group will choose a seminar unit topic and prepare a 20minutes presentation on selected texts, resulting in three questions for further discussion. While students have already started to snooze into these documents before this seminar kick-off meeting, instructors will offer help and supportive questions to those groups that will present in one of the next units (short consultation prior to presentation possible).

The following sequence of seminar units has been programmed:

Unit 0: Case Studies, Public Space and Urban Theory
Unit 1: The case of Porta di Roma – Bufalotta
Unit 2: Overcoming governmental apparatuses? The case of co-housing ro*sa, Vienna
Unit 3: Financialized, entrepreneurial, negotiated: which city is this? The case of Metro C line, Rome
Unit 4: Embodied Space
Unit 5: The case of the ex-SNIA Viscosa Area, Rome
Unit 6: Unpredictably transforming voids? The case of Kabelwerk, Vienna
Unit 7: Self-organization and public policies. The case of the MAAM (and its neighbourhood), Rome
Unit 8: Critique of Everyday Life
Unit 9: Uneven development, unexpected. The case of Tor Marancia, Rome.
Unit 10: Looking beyond Vienna’s social housing. Cases of squatting in Vienna
Unit 11: Who plans? The case of the new AS Roma football stadium, Rome
Unit 12: Public Space and Post-Political Thought
Unit 13: Summary
Unit 14: Assessment

iii. Additional Information

The seminar (SE) „Concepts and Critique of the Production of Space: Spaces of Research, Analysis and Discourse“ is part of the module 11 „Urban culture, public space“ (consisting of three courses, VO 280.534, SE 280.535 and UE 280.536) which is offered during three five days intensive teaching blocks (ITB) by the Interdisiciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR). Module 11 compiles a set of integrated courses dealing with „Urban culture and public space“ at the interface of the fields of urban studies and urban design/urban planning. In 2018, the main focus will be on „Urban culture, public space and housing“.

The courses mainly address master students (late Bachelor or early PhD), especially from spatial planning and architecture are invited to take part. Yet we explicitly welcome students coming from other Viennese universities in related disciplines, such as urban studies, urban design, geography, sociology, landscape architecture, cultural studies, … as well as ‚Mitbeleger‘. 

The course language is English. 

We support students‘ active participation in debates and interactive teaching formats, and encourage you to bring in and develop your own ideas and critical perspectives. We seek to create an international level of debate and exchange and welcome students from all countries and cultures. Just contact us (

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper:

iv. Dates

Mon 10:00 – 11:30 05.03.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Kick off Seminar
Tue 11:00 – 12:30 13.03.2018 Seminarraum 268/3 Unit 1
Wed 11:00 – 12:30 14.03.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 2
Thu 11:00 – 12:30 15.03.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 3
Thu 14:00 – 15:30 15.03.2018 Seminarraum W15 Unti 4
Mon 11:00 – 12:30 16.04.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 5
Tue 11:00 – 12:30 17.04.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 6
Wed 11:00 – 12:30 18.04.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 7
Thu 11:00 – 12:30 19.04.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 8
Thu 14:00 – 15:30 19.04.2018 Seminarraum W15 Unit 9
Mon 11:00 – 12:30 04.06.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 10
Tue 11:00 – 12:30 05.06.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 11
Tue 15:30 – 17:00 05.06.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 12
Wed 11:00 – 12:30 06.06.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 13 Seminar Closing

v. Course registration

Students interested in this course have to take part in the lecture (TISS no 280. 534) and are highly recommended to take part in the exercise (TISS no 280.536)

To take part in all three courses of the module 11 please register for module 11 until 26th February 2018 (20:30) via TISS registration for the course, VO 280.534. Further course registration will be carried out directly at the kick-off meeting on 5th of March 2018, 10:00 in Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, seminar room 3/4.

vi. Examination modalities

The evaluation of the course will be based upon the following activities:

  • 40% oral presentation of texts, including prepared questions for discussion and moderation of seminar unit, including one structured and text-based feedback to another presenter’s group
  • 40% position paper (Thesenpapier) that summarizes the lines of argument, theses and conclusions of the presented texts in a brief but structured way, and that presents a well-reasoned own position towards the unit’s theme (open format: text, poster, map, movie, blog, poem…)
  • 20% participation in overall discussions including constructive feedback to one chosen group.