UNSETTLED - Urban routines, temporalities and constestations

International Urban Conference 29th/30th March 2017

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien, invites participation in the conference Unsettled: urban routines, temporalities and contestations. The conference aims to explore conditions and conceptions of the unsettled. Urban life is characterized by diverse manifestations of instability which continuously stretch or redefine the social order and/or critical/community infrastructures of cities: everyday struggles related to the capitalist system of production, revolutions in political life and political system overthrows, quests for dominance and their oppositions in political, social, economic, ecological or cultural domains. These unsettling practices simultaneously challenge and nourish a variety of idea(l)s of the city as an inclusive place of liberation, cooperation, equal opportunities and shared (better) futures. The goal of the conference is thus to (1) understand the uncertainties, disturbances, inconsistencies, residuals and blind fields which constitute the urban both as lived space and the political idea(l), and (2) foster an inquiry into the socio-political potentialities of unsettling and re-settling urban routines, temporalities and contestations. More Information    


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).


from 12 September 2016
due to renovation work SKuOR office is temporary located in Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna.
15 July - 31 October 2016
SKuOR library is closed due to relocation.
19. November 2016
Guest lecture Dr. Lina Maria Sanchez Steiner
24 November - 1 December 2016
25 November 2016
2nd exam, VO 280.392, SoSe16, 8.30, room WD02B21, Spange D, 2nd floor (meeting room IFIP/SKuOR)
29 November 2016
3rd exam, VO 280.392, SoSe16, 8.30, SKuOR office
09 - 13 January 2017