Learning Fields

This summer school explored possibilities and limitations of participatory action research as an empowering catalyst for the constitution of city publics. The school was conducted in five teams, each engaged in one of five learning fields. Each team of six students was supported by a local actor, a keynote speaker, a member of the local scientific team and an European scholar. The learning fields were:

A) Beyond participatory discourse and process

How can inclusive planning practices stimulate emancipatory design approaches, unravel latent needs and empower local groups? What kind of organization principles and tools would best support such practices? How to promote public space as a crossroads for open-source, open-process and open-end change? How can fairness, equity and tolerance be incorporated into planning and design practice in order to guarantee the socially just redistribution of public resources?

Keynote: Burcu Yigit Turan
Ozyegin University Istanbul, Turkey

European scholar (AESOP): Julia Wildeis
TU Wien, Vienna

Local actor: Gemeinsame Landwirtschaft Wilde Rauke
represented by Pete Belcher

Local scientific team member: Theresa Schütz

Gregor Berkopec
Melissa Cate Christ
Banu Çiçek Tülü
Borna Pavičić
Eve Schiefer
Elisabet Van Wymeersch


FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014




B) Between emancipatory practices and everyday life

To what extent have planners and designers already acknowledged and worked with the existing resources and experiences that communities and neighbourhoods usually provide? How can transdisciplinary thinking be integrated into the politics of planning and urban design already at an early stage? Finally: How shall planning processes be designed to make another vision of everyday life possible, thus relating to existing potentials of space, and its social and cultural context? How can urban professionals reach, respect and actively involve local people and groups?

Keynote: Jeff Hou
University of Washington, Seattle, USA und City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2013, Vienna UT, Austria

European scholar (AESOP): Maria Anita Palumbo & Olivier Boucheron
Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette

Local actor: IGL-Marchfeldkanal
represented by Helmut Bauer

Local scientific team member: Angelika Gabauer

Lore Hauck
Slaven Kliček
Jana Piacun
Zala Velkavrh
Nikola Venkov
Joscha Viertauer
Jere Kuzmanić


FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014 „WALK!“



C) The material, the mental and the lived space

To what extent can lived space experiences inform processes of envisioning public space in planning and design? How do the imaginaries and material culture of urban societies influence planning and design for public space? To what extent does planning and design education stimulate the meaningful production of everyday spaces? How are built and lived spaces represented in the media and in discourses about urban development of the Gasworks Leopoldau?

Keynote: Anja Steglich (replacing Angela Million)
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

European scholar (AESOP): Gabriela Esposito de Vita
IRAT – National Research Council, Naples, Italy

Local actor: CIT Collective
represented by Iver Ohm

Local scientific team member: Tihomir Viderman

Magdalena Augustin
Ines Mravunac
Alexandra Mukovozova
Stefania Ragozino
Kumi Tashiro
Scott Varga
Sandra Voser


FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014



D) Cultural practices creating alternative values

What are the potentials and means of the collective production of public space? How can local everyday cultural practices (beyond the arts) be integrated into a comprehensive planning process? How do local communities and socially innovative agents foster solidary practices of sharing and fair resource distribution?

Keynote: Anton Lederer
Graz, Austria

European scholar (AESOP): Dafne Berc &  Branimir Rajcic
Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Local actor: spacelab_umwelt Strebersdorf
represented by Monika Rinner

Local scientific team member: Emanuela Semlitsch

Esra Akbalık
Iva Cukic
Anika Depraetere
Marijeta Karlovic Graf
Vera Naydenova
Alberta Nikolov
Ana Premur


FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014



E) Between everyday life and scientific insights

How do scientific findings and innovations affect the (materializing) patterns of everyday life? Vice versa, to what extent can the manifold social spaces and spatial practices revealed in public places serve as analytical fields for gaining new knowledge about urban societies and urban space in transition? And what are the core features to enhance social innovation in public planning and community design?

Keynote: Rob Shields
University of Alberta, Canada and City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2014, Vienna UT, Austria

European scholar (AESOP): Iva Marčetić & Bojan Mucko
Zagreb, Croatia

Local actor: Laboratoire dérive
represented by Elke Rauth

Local scientific team member: Sabine Knierbein

Ilil Bartana
Judith Dörrenbacher
Katarzyna Piskorek
Hikoyat Salimova
Ana Toth


FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014