Paths and tools of the production of space

Link: TISS 280.393

UE Übung / Semester hours: 2.0 / ECTS 4.0

**This course will be offered by City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2015 Dr. Nikolai Roskamm (TU Berlin) and by MSc Tihomir Viderman**

Aim of the course

The exercise course (UE) „Paths and tools of the production of space“ trains different approaches to experiencing and exploring the city’s streets understood as archetypes of public space and the materialization of welfare. Participants of the course will develop research projects that aim at comprehensive understanding of practices, processes and agencies of the production of Vienna’s streets, articulate gained insights in the format of utopian or visionary practices, and reflect on the role of planning and design professionals in constituting cultural difference in the pasts of the city’s streets. By undertaking explorative practices which are open in terms of results they will gain more experiential understanding of the agency of city publics in imbuing the city’s spaces with desires, giving rise to utopias and producing meaningful places. They will simultaneously be stimulated to critically discuss the public space of the streets as embodiments of both utopias and pragmatism of the past (urban planning), and develop critical perspectives towards streets as places that display what society has desired and how it has desired, while at the same time indicating to society what to wish for the future. The projects will be based on locally embedded learning, critical scrutiny of available research methods and planning procedures, and elaboration of specific context-bound methodologies. The participants will combine institutional knowledge pertaining to the matter of concern with learning from local inclusive everyday life practices, in particular those of insurgent nature that fall outside of conventional social practices and endorsed (urban) cultures.

The course is part of module 11 “Urban culture, public space” offered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. The module puts focus on the past of modern urbanism, which is interpreted simultaneously as multidimensional (planning) history and a persevering social materiality. Its residues are haunted as valuable resources for both the understanding of the present socio-economic condition and a critical reflection on the complex linkages between planning practice, public space and urban cultures. The module consists of three courses, which in combination cover theoretical approaches to studying the linkages between modern urbanism and public life in the city, methodologies for researching these linkages, as well as strategies and tactics of practice-oriented learning. Students are therefore strongly encouraged to take all the three courses of the module, which as a whole paves the way for both a broad understanding of and a conscious engagement in dimensions and histories of urban planning (research). The instructors will be Prof. Dr. Nikolai Roskamm and DI Tihomir Viderman, MSc.

Subject of the course

The participants will engage in space of a Vienna’s street of own choice. They will be asked to develop an inventory in the mode of a critical and creative valuation of the existing condition. Every inventory and every plan has its normative backside and we will address this side in our sketches. The inherent idea of welfare which haunts in every street (planning) should be evoked – this is the aim of the course. The expected output could be named polemical and partial urban planning. The participants will be addressing the issues of the public space of the street, (representations of) its physical structures and material practices, and its everyday life. In so doing they will learn with and from a variety of methods, including, but not restricted to a set of traditional design graphic tools, participatory strategies, hands-on approaches, and experiential research methodologies.

Students‘ research projects will be executed as a group work throughout the semester. The expected output includes a presentation and a sketch of the inventory.

Additional Information

The exercise (UE) “Paths and tools of the production of space” is part of the module 11 “Urban culture, public space” of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. Please register for the Module 11 until 2 March 2015 in the TISS registration system (registration at VO 280.392 Strategies and intervention of the production of space). Registrations for single courses of the Module 11 (VO 280.392, UE 280.393, SE 280.394) will be possible at the Module’s Kick-off taking place on 3 March 2014 at 12.30.

Dates for the Exercise Course Units within Module 11′s Intensive Teaching Blocks (ITBs)

Intensive Teaching Block I

Exercise Unit 1, Tue, 3rd March, 12:30-14:00 – Kick-off Module 11

Exercise Unit 2+3, Wed, 11th March, 9:00-11:45 – Introduction to the topic and methodology.

Exercise Unit 4+5, Thu, 12th March, 9:00-11:45 – Actors’ Walk. Walk with students to the particular streets. Meeting a local expert for an input on site.

Exercise Unit 6, Fri, 13th March, 13:30-15:00 – Students’ presentations of research project concepts and feedback.

Intensive Teaching Block II

Exercise Unit 7, Tue, 19th May, 13:30-15:00 – Students’ presentations on work in progress and feedback

Exercise Unit 8, Wed, 19th May, 13:30-15:00 – Input on methodology – reacting to students’ troubles and needs.

Exercise Unit 9+10, Thu, 21rst May, 11:00-14:00 – Collective discussion on research methodologies and definition of further steps. Individual consultations with groups.

Intensive Teaching Block III

Exercise Unit 11, Mon, 15th June, 11.00-12:30 – Students’ presentations on project results and feedback.

Exercise Unit 12+13, Tue, 16th June, 13:30-16:30 – Collective reflection on research process. Individual consultations with groups.