Sabine Knierbein

Hosting a participatory action research based summer school at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning which evolves around the multiple roles of public spaces demarcates a paradigmatic shilft in architectural and planning education. Where usually research phases to gain site-based knowledge where followed by phases to develop a planning approach and conceptualise future design interventions, our approach in urban studies connects practice-based performative planning procedures and scientific debates in urban studies. We thus aim at understanding and changing the social world through acting and reflecting in public space, by developing a sense of respect to everyday users, their routines, values, beliefs and knowledges. From this position we start to learn about changes in the political planning culture of Vienna, in this case about the introduction of cooperative planning procedures to develop the partly abandoned site of a former gas production plant in the urban periphery of Vienna. Being witness of a political economic change of energy production and consumption circuits, this site has lost its original purpose and is now envisioned and appropriated by diverse interests and social groups. How do new and changed planning and urban design policies relate to the local neighbourhood and existing everyday life patterns in public space? To what extent are these procedures taking account into the meaning and role of public space as social catalyst for urban change?


Theresa Schütz

Designing places of emancipation? We are the city! And we all desire to participate in the creative and intense process of urban commoning of ideas, goods, culture, knowledge, etc. But how to engage in the distribution of access to the urban public realm under conditions of the neoliberal post capitalist urban production? Who decides, who designs and who is allowed to participate in the urban fiction? To become involved in the urban transformation we have to overcome structural conventions and hierarchies; this is not about counteracting or paralleling the system but rather getting actively engaged in searching for outlets, in-betweens and common grounds to embody space through alternative visions and lines for transitions. By sensitizing people through intersubjective and collaborative spheres of action new social relations and alternative modes of appropriation of the city can emerge and create temporary inclusive and common spaces of participatory democracy. These sharing points are crucial for different needs, imaginaries and alternative visions beyond the hegemonial discourses of my, our and the other’s city. They create encounters within communities where individual experiences can be made without othering or ideological absorption. This is when moments of questioning and the liberation from social conditioning occur and give impulses towards the creation of new patterns of behavior as well as new tools, tactics and identities. It generates time for change.


Emanuela Semlitsch

The Summer School as a temporary and experimental intervention at a close place opens up the opportunity of creating spaces all around this place: Spaces of inquiry, thought and action, spaces for ideas, imagination and negotiation. Acting and producing jointly let us learn from one another, appropriate these spaces and reflect structures and habits. In this process existing individual and cultural knowledge determines our construction of spaces, while the construction itself generates new knowledge. The social environment of the city is at the same time place and object of knowledge production. In so doing learning processes are initiated with the on-site intervention. The temporary character thereby gets a lasting effect.


Tihomir Viderman

A city’s space is both a result of and a stimulus for multifaceted societal transformations. A broadening interest in its production reflects a paradigm shift; the modernist principles of growth-oriented spatial development are gradually being replaced by an understanding of a city’s space as a social ‘product’ imbued with meaningful experiences. Seeing how meaning is believed to reside in multiple dimensions of urban cultures, the number of cultural practices that are documented as carriers of meaning, as well as the number of related urban actors that get involved in the strategic production of space, is persistently growing. Consequently, planning as a strategic endeavour seemingly took on the contours of a more responsive and reciprocal practice, employing various participatory formats, open discussions and much of deliberation to address diverse city’s spaces and cultures. Yet, although the planning practice might resonate with needs and desires of a growing number of included actors, its institutional setting as goal oriented decision-making has increasingly been challenged by a growing number of insurgent practices, which promise to stimulate public life and action, as well as cross-cultural exchange.



SONY DSC Jeffrey Hou
Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington Seattle, USA; City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2013Jeffrey Hou is Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also an adjunct faculty in the departments of architecture and urban design and planning and a program faculty in the PhD Program in Built Environments and Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design. In a career that spans across the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban parks and streetscapes.
anton_lederer_sw Anton Lederer
< rotor > center for contemporary art< rotor > is an association for contemporary art based in Graz, Austria, and was founded in 1999. Contemporary visual art is the starting point for their programmes, with an emphasis on art production that expressly deals with social, political, economical and ecological issues of our time.
burcuyirgitturan_sw Burcu Yigit Turan
Assistant Professor Faculty of Architecture and Design, Ozyegin University Istanbul, TurkeyObtained her Ph.D. (2009) degree in Urban Design from TU Wien with dissertation titled “Complexity of Meanings in Urban Landscapes: between the imagined and the real” that she defended with distinction. She practiced landscape architecture and urban design in the Netherlands; involved in various research projects in Europe. She thought urban design and landscape architecture courses at I.T.U. (fall 2010) and at Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning (2011-2012). Her research and teaching interests mainly lie in the area of urban design, extending to the intersections of ‘history, theory and criticism of contemporary architecture, urbanism and landscape’, ‘public space, culture and semiotics’, ‘critical-radical design practices’, ‘ecological, social and cultural context in design’. Her recent studies have focused on the role of design/qualitative design research in the production of urban public spaces for social, cultural and ecological emancipation. She was the organizer of Becoming Local Istanbul collaborating with the AESOP thematic group of “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures” team.
shields Rob Shields
Henry Marshall Tory Research Chair and Professor, City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2014Rob Shields work focuses on social space as a system of everyday places set in a world of distance and difference. His work spans architecture, planning and geography and includes both theory, public research with communities and participatory approaches to urban, cultural and technology issues. He directs engaged research and design projects at University of Alberta’s City-Region Studies Centre.
Portraits für die website: Anja Steglich (replacing Angela Million)
Department of Urban Design & Urban Development (Technische Universität Berlin)Anja Steglich did her PHD in Landscape Design at the TU Berlin. She worked as lecturer at the Institute for Geosciences in Halle/ Germany (MLU), at the architectural Faculty in Rio de Janeiro/ Brasil (UFRJ) and at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at TU Wien/ Austria. As Landscape Designer she practises at the interface between planning, research  and art. Her work focuses participation as well as perception and communication in spatial development/ in landscape design. As stage designer she cooperates with choreographers and dancers. Productions/performances were shown in Berlin/ Germany, Zürich/ Switzerland and Seoul/ South Korea. The ROOF WATER-FARM project she directs and developes together with partners from research and praxise since 2013 at the TU Berlin/ Chair of Urban Design & Urban Development.



Maria Anita Palumbo

Maria Anita Palumbo is an urban anthropologist based in Frace. From 2006 to 2012 she has lived and researched in Barbes-La Goutte d’Or, a problematic multicultural neighborhood in the north of Paris for her PhD at EHESS. She is member of the Laboratoire Architecture et Anthropologie, a research team of the School of Architecture Paris La Villette, exploring the city as a complex of realities that span time and space and are continuously re-imagined, projected, rejected, and dreamed. This approach considers the built environment as composed by real, imaginary, spatial, and temporal dimensions and explores it from an interdisciplinary perspective. Marianita’s main research interest is the relation between social and spatial transformation. For her, it is a necessity to intercross urban and social analysis as much as to geographically diversify fieldworks in order to go beyond a normative definition of what a city is. After 8 years of teaching Social and Human Sciences in different Schools of Architecture in Paris, in 2012 she started to teaching at the architecture and urban planning Studio directed by Olivier Boucheron at La Villette. The pedagogic statement of this Studio is to consider the process of producing an urban project as a research and the research as a project. The participation of the anthropological knowledge into the understanding of urban process is for Marianita a “critic” alternative to common sense and ideology. In such a way anthropology plays a major role in the research of an equilibrium between, in one hand the uses of specific and complex technical competences, necessary for the exercise of architects and urban planners, and, in the other hand, a deep comprehension of contemporary society and its concerns.


Olivier Boucheron

Olivier Boucheron is an architect based in Nantes (France), member of the Laboratoire Architecture / Anthropologie of the Architecture School of Paris La Villette and teacher in the same school. He has a Master degrees in Cultural Geography from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris. After several experiences (projects, researches, journeys) in Asia, he has been awarded the NAJA prize (French Culture Ministry), which rewards “ young talents who will have to take up the challenge of the architectural, urban and landscaped quality of our territories tomorrow“. He established in 2000 the atelier of architecture, nelobo, led, since 2009, with Rozenn Boucheron-Kervella. In 2010, he spent six months in Kyoto, as a Villa Kujoyama resident, for a research project, which questioned the technique through its relations with nature.

The line between research, teaching and practice has shaped is approach and links the diversity of his work. Supporting and strengthening on-going processes, introducing some others, often by a slight distortion of reality, is an attitude, which he advocates, to better learn and examine our globalized but finite world.

His diverse practice as an architect, determinedly committed into experimentation, is not exclusively turned towards the outcome of a constructed project. It also leaves, depending on the situation, place for writing, photography and films, ways of expression that reveal the uncertainty of everyday life.


Gabriella Esposito De Vita 

Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy (Naples). Gabriella Esposito De Vita started her research activities on urban planning during her internship as a graduate student. After she graduated in Architecture cum laude at the University of Naples Federico II (1994), Gabriella has conducted research into models of sustainability for built environments with a focus on understanding links between social transformations and city functions and spaces. She has worked at the CNR as permanent researcher since 2001 and is currently involved in coordinating national and international research projects for the CNR, universities and scientific foundations. Granted as Associate Professor in 2014, Gabriella has taught urban planning in several academic institutions. Her complex approach aims at investigating different forms of social exclusion and developing strategies for urban regeneration processes by applying innovative integration of public-private partnerships and bottom-up initiatives.


Rajcic Branimir 

Ass. Prof. Branimir Rajčić is an architect who focuses his research on the relationship between housing and public space, in terms of creating an added value of public space with housing as a resource, within the disciplines of architecture and urbanism. At the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, Department of Architectural Design, since 2003, he has been teaching the following courses: Introduction to Design of Residential Buildings, Studio 1, Studio 2 and Architectural Design Workshop 1. He is currently completing his doctoral studies at the same university department and has published several articles in professional journals.

Since 2001 he has run his architectural studio and made various urban and architectural projects, several of which have been exhibited and published at home and abroad. He has received many awards at architectural competitions including the annual „Drago Galić“ award in 2003, the „Piranesi“ honourable mention in 2004 and the „Luigi Cosenza Silver Plate“ in 2004. Currently, he is the Board member of the Croatian Chamber of Architects.


Dafne Berc

Dafne Berc is currently finalizing her PhD thesis „Mediterranean Species: European-Mediterranean’s Architectures of Tourism“ at the Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Universitat PolitÈcnica de Catalunya. She finished post-professional master studies at the Berlage Institute Amsterdam after studying at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, where she was also teaching as an Assistant Professor (2002-05) and as a Lecturer (2009-12) at the Department of Urbanism, Spatial Planning and Landscape Architecture. She is a co-founder and president of Analog, an organization for research within the extended realm of architecture and urbanism.


Bojan Mucko 

Bojan Mucko holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy and is a student of the final year of MA programe in New media at the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb. He is part of the organisation of the ETNOFILm Festival (international festival of the ethnographic film) and was a member of the editorial board of the arhitectural magazine Man And Space. As a researcher and the author, he is engaged with various projects within the platform for urban exploration of the Association for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Research from 2009 onwards. His research on the deterioration and massive closure of the business premises in the city center of Zagreb within the frames of res urbanae project has resulted with several multimedia exhibitions (Winter Stores Voices, VN Gallery Zagreb, 2009; Spaces of Identity, Spaces of Interaction, Spaces of Change, Modulor Gallery Zagreb, 2010) and publication (Emptied in restitution, Zagreb: Heinrich Böll Stiftung & AIIR, 2012). His papers and articles have been published in various scientific magazines and other publications (Man and Space, Studia Ethnologica Croatica, Zarez, Oris).


Iva Marčetić 

Iva Marčetić holds an MA from the School of Architecture, University of Zagreb. Since 2006. she worked in various architectural offices. As a member of in-formal group of architects, Pulska grupa she was one of the editors of a book“Postcapitalyst city” published in 2010. As a member of Pulska grupa, she was part of the team that represented Croatia in the 13th Venice Biennial of Architecture in 2012. Her texts on architecture and urbanism are published in magazines Le monde diplomatique, Zarez, Lica ulice, as well as radio station HR3 and regional websites such as Bilten, Kulturpunkt, Slobodni filozofski, and others. In 2013. she wrote a weekly column for the Vizkultura website.

In 2011/2012, she was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude and in winter of 2013 a resident of Centar za nove from Novi Sad. She is currently working in Right to the city organization in Zagreb.




Gemeinsame Landwirtschaft Wilde Rauke

Pete Belcher

ziesel IGL Marchfeld
Helmut Bauer, Lukas MrozGoals: Setup a conservation aera on the green bounded by Brünnerstraße, Marchfeldkanal and Johann Weber Straße.
This area is home to at least 18 strictly protected animals, e.g. european ground squirrel, hamster, sand lizard, red-backed shrike, etc.
A building project planned in this territory should be erectet on another place.

CIT Collective

Iver Ohm


Laboratoire dérive

Elke Rauth

Spacelab Umwelt

Monika Rinner