City of Vienna Visiting Professorship for Urban Culture and Public Space 2015, 2016 and 2017

***Submission deadline extended to September 22nd 2014*** The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning of Vienna University of Technology, Austria, has recently launched a Call for Expressions of Interest regarding a short-term City of Vienna Visiting Professorship 2015, 2016 and 2017 vacancies. The City of Vienna Visiting Professorship for Urban Culture and Public Space deals with corresponding annual topic. Read more about the positions and the Call for Expression of Interests...


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.
English. 232 pages.
HOU Jeffrey, Editor. (2013)

Transcultural Cities. Border-Crossing and PlacemakingRoutledge.
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


29th of September 2014
naples_programm Book presentation Ali Madanipour, Sabine Knierbein and Aglaée Degros, Naples, Italy. Event Organizer: Italian Research Council/DiArc, Universita Federico II, Naples. On 30th at 9.30 Italian time, the event will be online here.
06th of October 2014
Kick-off Module 11 "Urban culture and public space" 09:00 am, Seminarraum 1, Karlsgasse 13/1
07th of October 2014
Kick-off thesis seminar "Urban Studies Revisited" 11:00 Uhr, Seminarraum 2, Karlsgasse 13/1
14th of October 2014
Kick-off "Stegreifentwerfen" 05:30 pm, Mobiles Stadtlabor, Resselpark
23rd - 25th of October 2014
International Workshop 'Transforming spaces, redefining localities' for the AESOP Thematic Group 'Public Spaces and Urban Cultures' co-organized by Sabine Knierbein and Tihomir Viderman La Vilette School of Architecture, Paris, France