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 started 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 also be involved in research and teaching activities during the winter term 2015.


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).


7th of September 2015
Preparatory Workshop with Prof. Dr. Sybille Frank, TU Berlin (designated City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2016), 9.00-14.00
24th-25th of September 2015
8th Citta Conference and AESOP Thematic Group Meeting “Becoming Local Oporto”, Porto, Portugal, further information:
5th-9th of October 2015
Project Refugees and the City - First Intensive Teaching Block
7th of October 2015
Candidate Hearings City of Vienna Visiting Professorship 2017, 11.00-14.00
9th of November 2015
Guest Lecture Dr. Christian Dimmer (University of Tokyo, Japan)
11th of November 2015
Candidate Hearing City of Vienna Visiting Professorship 2017. 11.00