Paths and tools of the production of space

Link: TISS 280.536

UE Übung / Semester hours: 2.0 / ECTS 4.0

**Barbara Pizzo is the New TU Wien Visiting Professor for Summer Term 2018. She is a Research Professor at University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy. This course will be offered by Prof. Barbara Pizzo and Univ. Ass. Judith Lehner. This outline may become subject to change and amendments**

i. Aim of the course

Starting from the Centre’s semestre topic “Public space, urban culture and housing” students will explore during this exercise course the complexity of the production of lived spaces, both in the private and the public realm, and at their interface through the methodological approach of mapping.

Although in a sophisticated and creative sense, maps are “’just’ selective representations of space” (Massey 2005: 106). The map tells of an order of things and therefore helps architects and urban planners to get a feeling for places (cf. Deutinger 2015). At the same time the architecture critic Manuel Gausa states that the act of “mapping” is no longer a question of describing shapes and static space accurately. James Corner sees mapping as “a collective enabling enterprise, a creative act that describes and constructs space we live in, a project that reveals and realizes hidden potential“ (Corner 1999: 213). In this sense, the production of maps has the potential to serve as a tool to analyze and reveal the (in)visible negotiations, contestations and claims at the interface of public space and private dwelling.

The course intents to depart from the perspective of lived space explored in the field trips to different housing sites in Vienna to eventually re-approach at the end of the exercise the theoretical content discussed in both lecture and seminar of the corresponding module. 

ii. Subject of the course

Intensive Teaching Block (ITB) I
After introductions on a critical approach to mapping and the method itself, there will be a collective field trip to one selected housing project in the city in order to exemplify the methodological approach of mapping and on-site research against the background of discussions at the public and private interface on different spatial levels and scales.

Starting from different typologies of (subsidised) housing in Vienna of the recent urban development areas, students form groups of 2-3 and select one site. The groups explore one of the selected housing projects with a focus on the interface of private and public spheres, mapping their observations on “different shades of private borders, boundaries and property lines” as well as (in)visible connections, interrelations and encounters in public and private spaces.

At the beginning of the ITB II, the created maps will be discussed among all workshop participants in order to reflect on the group’s explorations, insights and their own specific positionalities in the production process as well as on the quality of the visualizations.
In a second step, different spatial dimensions and/or scales relating to possible negotiations, contestations and claims will be added to the maps during the course of ITB II. The question is how can additional perspectives and (spatial) scales be incorporated and visualised in these individual maps that relate to but at the same time go beyond the in-situ explorations? 
Examples (depending on the on-site experience) could be:

  • through adding the spatial dimension of planning to the map by including original urban development plans and design ideas of the housing project or area, or
  • by relating to time as a further dimension and draw on historical events and issues of the development of the project/area.

In a third step, the complex maps of private-public interfaces are questioned towards claims, contestations and negotiations in the production of space. Each group’s map is discussed among all course participants in order to pursue the following questions:

  • What negotiations, contestations and claims in different spatial dimensions are (in)visible in the maps?
  • How can negotiations, contestations and claims about these urban spaces at the interface of private and public be visualized? What is or tends to be highlighted and what tends to be lost in the mapping process or in the final map?
  • How can the map serve as an analytical tool to research on these negotiations, contestations and claims? What are the limits of mapping as an analytical tool?

At the end of the course, the groups will include the outcome of the discussions on negotiations, contestations and claims in their final maps, which will be presented to the audience and visiting critics during the last exercise unit.

Course structure and required materials to be prepared:

The course is structured into three intensive teaching blocks

ITB I 12 – 16 March 18
Kick-off meeting with discussion of students mapping and spatial research experience and works. Bring your own favourite map! 
Introductory lectures by Barbara Pizzo and Judith Lehner
Collective field trip to one selected housing project
Site-Visits in groups, gathering information about and mapping the selected housing projects until ITB II
> in-between consultations

ITB II 16 – 20 April 18
Presentation and collective discussion of produced maps and experiences of the on-site explorations
Further mappings according to ITB II content
Development of the maps until ITB III
> in-between consultations

ITB III 4 – 8 June 18
Presentation and discussion of developed maps
Feedback, final revision and redesign of the map
Poster exhibition 

iii. Additional Information

The course language is English. 

The Exercise (UE) „Paths and tools of the production of space“ is part of the module 11 „Urban culture and public space“ (consisting of three courses, VO 280.534, SE 280.535 and UE 280.536) which is offered during three five days intensive teaching blocks (ITB) by the Interdisiciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR). Module 11 compiles a set of integrated courses dealing with „Urban culture and public space“ at the interface of the fields of urban studies and urban design/urban planning. In 2018, the main focus will be on „Urban culture, public space and housing“.

The courses mainly address Master students (as well as late Bachelor or early PhD); especially those from spatial planning and architecture are invited to take part. Yet we explicitly welcome students coming from other Viennese universities in related disciplines, such as urban studies, urban design, geography, sociology, landscape architecture, cultural studies, … as well as ‚Mitbeleger‘. The course language is English. We support students’ active participation in debates and interactive teaching formats, and encourage you to bring in and develop your own ideas and critical perspectives. We seek to create an international level of debate and exchange and welcome students from all countries and cultures. Just contact us (info@skuor.tuwien.ac.at).

iv. Dates

Mon 11:00 – 12:30 12.03.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Kick off Exercise
Tue 14:00 – 15:30 13.03.2018 Seminarraum 268/3 Unti 12
Wed 14:00 – 15:30 14.03.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 2
Fri 09:00 – 10:30 16.03.2018 Seminarraum 268/3 Unit 3
Fri 11:00 – 12:30 16.03.2018 Seminarraum 268/3 Unit 4
Fri 14:00 – 15:30 16.03.2018 Seminarraum 268/3 Unit 5
Mon 14:00 – 15:30 16.04.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 6
Tue 14:00 – 15:30 17.04.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 67
Wed 14:00 – 15:30 18.04.2018 Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 8
Fri 09:00 – 10:30 20.04.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 9
Fri 11:00 – 12:30 20.04.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 10
Fri 14:00 – 15:30 20.04.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 11
Mon 14:00 – 15:30 04.06.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 12
Mon 15:30 – 17:00 04.06.2018 Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 13
Thu 17:30 – 19:30 07.06.2018 Nordbahnhalle Students‘ Final Presentations / Exercise Closing

v. Course registration

Students interested in this course have to take part in the lecture (TISS 280. 534) as well as in the seminar (TISS 280. 535).

To take part in all three courses of the module 11 please register for module 11 until 26th February 2018 (20:30) via TISS registration for the course, VO 280.534. Further course registration will be carried out directly at the kick-off meeting on 5th of March 2018, 10:00 in Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, seminar room 3/4.

vi. Examination modalities

The evaluation of the course will be based upon the following activities:

  • 20% participation in discussions, consultations and continuous course work
  • 30% Intensive Teaching Block II: Development of the map, incorporation of different temporal and spatial dimensions
  • 50% Intensive Teaching Block III: Final maps (aesthetic, informative and thematic value of the map, level of integration of additional spatial and temporal dimensions and dialogue the map creates, explanatory text including reflection on mapping method and process, poster presentation).