LOCAL SCIENTIFIC TEAM
Hosting a participatory action research based summer school at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning which evolves around the multiple roles of public spaces demarcates a paradigmatic shilft in architectural and planning education. Where usually research phases to gain site-based knowledge where followed by phases to develop a planning approach and conceptualise future design interventions, our approach in urban studies connects practice-based performative planning procedures and scientific debates in urban studies. We thus aim at understanding and changing the social world through acting and reflecting in public space, by developing a sense of respect to everyday users, their routines, values, beliefs and knowledges. From this position we start to learn about changes in the political planning culture of Vienna, in this case about the introduction of cooperative planning procedures to develop the partly abandoned site of a former gas production plant in the urban periphery of Vienna. Being witness of a political economic change of energy production and consumption circuits, this site has lost its original purpose and is now envisioned and appropriated by diverse interests and social groups. How do new and changed planning and urban design policies relate to the local neighbourhood and existing everyday life patterns in public space? To what extent are these procedures taking account into the meaning and role of public space as social catalyst for urban change?
The Summer School as a temporary and experimental intervention at a close place opens up the opportunity of creating spaces all around this place: Spaces of inquiry, thought and action, spaces for ideas, imagination and negotiation. Acting and producing jointly let us learn from one another, appropriate these spaces and reflect structures and habits. In this process existing individual and cultural knowledge determines our construction of spaces, while the construction itself generates new knowledge. The social environment of the city is at the same time place and object of knowledge production. In so doing learning processes are initiated with the on-site intervention. The temporary character thereby gets a lasting effect.
A city’s space is both a result of and a stimulus for multifaceted societal transformations. A broadening interest in its production reflects a paradigm shift; the modernist principles of growth-oriented spatial development are gradually being replaced by an understanding of a city’s space as a social ‘product’ imbued with meaningful experiences. Seeing how meaning is believed to reside in multiple dimensions of urban cultures, the number of cultural practices that are documented as carriers of meaning, as well as the number of related urban actors that get involved in the strategic production of space, is persistently growing. Consequently, planning as a strategic endeavour seemingly took on the contours of a more responsive and reciprocal practice, employing various participatory formats, open discussions and much of deliberation to address diverse city’s spaces and cultures. Yet, although the planning practice might resonate with needs and desires of a growing number of included actors, its institutional setting as goal oriented decision-making has increasingly been challenged by a growing number of insurgent practices, which promise to stimulate public life and action, as well as cross-cultural exchange.
Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington Seattle, USA; City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2013Jeffrey Hou is Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also an adjunct faculty in the departments of architecture and urban design and planning and a program faculty in the PhD Program in Built Environments and Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design. In a career that spans across the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban parks and streetscapes.
< rotor > center for contemporary art< rotor > is an association for contemporary art based in Graz, Austria, and was founded in 1999. Contemporary visual art is the starting point for their programmes, with an emphasis on art production that expressly deals with social, political, economical and ecological issues of our time.
|Burcu Yigit Turan
Assistant Professor Faculty of Architecture and Design, Ozyegin University Istanbul, TurkeyObtained her Ph.D. (2009) degree in Urban Design from Vienna University of Technology with dissertation titled “Complexity of Meanings in Urban Landscapes: between the imagined and the real” that she defended with distinction. She practiced landscape architecture and urban design in the Netherlands; involved in various research projects in Europe. She thought urban design and landscape architecture courses at I.T.U. (fall 2010) and at Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning (2011-2012). Her research and teaching interests mainly lie in the area of urban design, extending to the intersections of ‘history, theory and criticism of contemporary architecture, urbanism and landscape’, ‘public space, culture and semiotics’, ‘critical-radical design practices’, ‘ecological, social and cultural context in design’. Her recent studies have focused on the role of design/qualitative design research in the production of urban public spaces for social, cultural and ecological emancipation. She was the organizer of Becoming Local Istanbul collaborating with the AESOP thematic group of “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures” team.
Henry Marshall Tory Research Chair and Professor, City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2014Rob Shields work focuses on social space as a system of everyday places set in a world of distance and difference. His work spans architecture, planning and geography and includes both theory, public research with communities and participatory approaches to urban, cultural and technology issues. He directs engaged research and design projects at University of Alberta’s City-Region Studies Centre.
|Anja Steglich (replacing Angela Million)
Department of Urban Design & Urban Development (Technische Universität Berlin)Anja Steglich did her PHD in Landscape Design at the TU Berlin. She worked as lecturer at the Institute for Geosciences in Halle/ Germany (MLU), at the architectural Faculty in Rio de Janeiro/ Brasil (UFRJ) and at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) at UT Vienna/ Austria. As Landscape Designer she practises at the interface between planning, research and art. Her work focuses participation as well as perception and communication in spatial development/ in landscape design. As stage designer she cooperates with choreographers and dancers. Productions/performances were shown in Berlin/ Germany, Zürich/ Switzerland and Seoul/ South Korea. The ROOF WATER-FARM project she directs and developes together with partners from research and praxise since 2013 at the TU Berlin/ Chair of Urban Design & Urban Development.
|Gemeinsame Landwirtschaft Wilde Rauke
Helmut Bauer, Lukas MrozGoals: Setup a conservation aera on the green bounded by Brünnerstraße, Marchfeldkanal and Johann Weber Straße.
This area is home to at least 18 strictly protected animals, e.g. european ground squirrel, hamster, sand lizard, red-backed shrike, etc.
A building project planned in this territory should be erectet on another place.