SKuOR 2014: Urban culture, public space and ways of life – Everyday life and scientific insights

In March 2014 the new City of Vienna Visiting professor 2014 - Prof. D.Phil Rob Shields (University of Alberta, Canada/Universite de Paris V, La Sorbonne) - is starting to work at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) in the field of Urban culture, public space and ways of life – Everyday life and scientific insights. Together with Dr. Sabine Knierbein, Head of SKuOR, and the PhD candidate Dipl. Ing. (Arch) Tihomir Viderman, MSc Rob Shields will be involved in research and teaching activities during the summer term 2014. For the first time the City of Vienna Visiting professorship is divided in two phases in and during the winter term 2014 Elke Krasny will be filling the position. This summer term SKuOR offers a set of integrated courses compiled as Module 11 'Urban culture, public space and resources. New spaces of public concern'. 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 most welcome to join in too! More information on the courses is available in TISS and here on our website.


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 August 2014
Becoming Local Vienna. AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in Vienna.
Mobiles Stadtlabor, Resselpark at Karlsplatz, in front of the main entrance of the main UT Vienna-building. 1040 Vienna.
30th of August - 5th of September 2014
WWTF International Summer School 2014 - Designing places of emancipation?
31st of August 2014
Keynote speeches Summer School. Mobiles Stadtlabor, Resselpark at Karlsplatz, in front of the main entrance of the main UT Vienna-building. 1040 Vienna.
4th of September 2014
Public presentation of the Outcomes of the Summer School. Location: tba
 8th - 14th of September 2014
 SKuOR office closed!
29th of September 2014
Book presentation Sabine Knierbein. Naples, Italy.
23rd - 25th of October 2014
International Workshop 'Transforming spaces, redefining localities' for the AESOP Thematic Group 'Public Spaces and Urban Cultures' organized by Sabine Knierbein and Tihomir Viderman La Vilette School of Architecture, Paris, France