Visiting Professorship 2018

Based on the semestral issue 2018 “Urban Culture, Public Space and Housing”, a temporary position of a TU Wien Visiting Professor, starting on 1 March 2018, is available at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning of  TU Wien. During the year of the 10th anniversary of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, TU Wien will host a special Visiting Professorship that tries to redirect the attention at the interface of urban studies, planning theory and urban design approaches from the well-studied lived spaces in already existing areas of the city towards those urban areas currently under construction or to be built in the near future. What is the relation between public space policy and housing policy? How is density negotiated between different players involved and to what extent are social uses of zoning taken into account?  Also, do these projects contribute to a shifting balance between urban tenants and urban land owners, or do we face other qualitative shifts in the composition of these new city parts? How are these related to the existing neighbourhoods?  Which cultural challenges do planners face when working in the urbanization of at times quite peripheral areas? To what extent have lifestyles in these areas already been ‘urbanized’?

Planning programs, draft plans, and the everyday cultural evidence of future cities and districts seen within projects are investigated, discussed, and placed in relation to models of future academic education: what are the pressing socio-cultural issues relating to urbanization and how should they be responded to in public space? In the work of the academic team for the summer term of 2018, we will particularly welcome approaches that try to do speculative research about the qualities of future city parts, working for instance at the interface of urban studies related disciplines and the spatial arts (planning, architecture, landscape architecture, among others).


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