SKuOR 2016: Urban culture, public space and the present – Urban solidarity and european crisis

In March 2016 the new City of Vienna Visiting professor Dr. Sybille Frank (Junior Professor for Urban and Regional Sociology at the Institute for Sociology, TU Berlin) is starting to work at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space in the field of 'Urban culture, public space and the present – Urban solidarity and european crisis'. Together with Ass. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein, Head of SKuOR, the PhD candidate Dipl. Ing. (Arch) Tihomir Viderman, MSc and Elina Kränzle, MSc, Sybille Frank will be involved in research and teaching activities during the summer term 2016 and the winter term 2016/17. This summer term SKuOR offers a set of integrated courses compiled as Module 11 'Urban culture and public space'. These three courses, all in english language, at the Vienna University of Technology mainly address master students in related disciplines, such as planning, architecture, urban design, geography, sociology, landscape architecture, cultural studies... Late bachelor students as well as PhD students are also invited to take part. Detailed course descriptions please find here.


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).


01 February - 15 March 2016
Application for Erasmus Exchange for Master and PhD Students at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. More information: dialogue window.
14 March 2016
Module 11 Kick-off, 09.00, Karlsgasse 13, seminar room 1.
14-18 March 2016
Intensive Teaching Block I.
09-13 May 2016
Intensive Teaching Block II.
20-24 June 2016
Intensive Teaching Block III.