Programme 2015: Flyer


PhD Symposium, Vienna, 17th/18th April 2015: 

Public Life - Towards a politics of care: Bodies. Place. Matter

Organized by Prof. Elke Krasny, Ass. Prof. Sabine Knierbein & Prof. Rob Shields
Venue: Studio Building, Multi-Purpose Space (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Lehargasse 8, 1060 Vienna) and Mobiles Stadtlabor, (TU Wien, Resselpark/Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna).
Please register for the conference until 12th April 2015 ( Read programme.

Book Review

Ali Madanipour, Sabine Knierbein, and Aglaée Degros (2014): Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe, New York and London: Routledge
by Joaquín Villanueva, Urban Geography Research Group


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
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.
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 Placemaking. Routledge.
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


17th/18th of April 2015
PhD Symposium: Public Life - Towards a politics of care. Bodies. Place. Matter. Cooperation between Vienna UT/Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and University of Alberta (Canada), all day, Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna/Mobiles Stadtlabor Karlsplatz.
17th/18th of April 2015
Book Launch “Public space and relational perspectives. New challenges for architecture and planning", 18.00, Mobiles Stadtlabor, Karlsplatz
20.00, SKuOR Soirée - Evening Reception
24th April 2015
Keynote Speech Ass. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein “Public Spaces between crisis and innovation –  Insights and viewpoints from European Urban Studies", 35. Sinclair-Haus-Gespräche, Bad Homburg, Germany
18th-22nd of May 2015
Module 11 "Urban Culture and Public Space: Welfare farewell? Exploring the Past(s)", Intensive Teaching Block II
20th of May 2015
Public Evening Lecture City of Vienna Visiting Professor Dr. Nikolai Roskamm, EI 3A Hörsaal, 18.30
15th-19th of June 2015
Module 11 "Urban Culture and Public Space: Welfare farewell? Exploring the Past(s)", Intensive Teaching Block III
17th of June 2015
Public Evening Lecture “Module Urban Culture and Public Space - Final Students Works Presentation”, EI 3A Hörsaal, 18.30
13th-16th of July 2015
Special Session “Becoming Local Prag” during AESOP Annual Conference 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, 18.30