SKuOR 2018: Urban culture, public space and housing

Prof. Dr. Barbara Pizzo is TU Wien Visiting Professor 2018 in the field of 'Urban culture, public space and housing'. Together with Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein, PhD candidate Univ.Ass. DI Judith Lehner and Projektass. DI Tihomir Viderman, MSc, Barbara Pizzo is involved in research and teaching activities during summer term 2018. Together with Univ.Ass. Dr. Johannes Suitner, Sabine Knierbein additionally offers a doctoral seminar. A detailed overview of current courses is available here


KNIERBEIN, S. and VIDERMAN, T (2018 Routledge)

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition.

Through an exploration of emancipation in capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice co-constituted by residents, places and practices rather than an abstract professional field organizing people and movements.

Public Space Unbound brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to examine spaces, conditions and processes in which emancipatory practices impact the everyday life of citizens. We ask: How do emancipatory mo(ve)ments relate with public space under ‘post-political conditions’? In a time when democracy, solidarity and utopia are in crisis, is it still productive to claim future progress by urban revolution, or shall we rather look at small emancipatory mo(ve)ments that characterize present everyday life?

Announcement by Routledge

HOU, J.and KNIERBEIN, S. (2017 Routledge, in print)
City Unsilenced: Urban resistance and public space in the age of shrinking democracy.

What do the recent urban resistance tactics around the world have in common? What are the roles of public space in these movements? What are the implications of urban resistance for the remaking of public space in the "age of shrinking democracy"? To what extent do these resistances move from anti- to alter-politics?

City Unsilenced brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to examine the spaces, conditions and processes in which neoliberal practices have profoundly impacted the everyday social, economic, and political life of citizens and communities around the globe. They examine the commonalities and specificities of urban resistance movements that respond to those impacts. They focus on how such movements make use of and transform the meanings and capacity of public space. They investigate their ramifications in the continued practices of renewing democracies. A broad collection of cases is presented and analyzed, including Movimento Passe Livre (Brazil), Google Bus Blockades San Francisco (USA), the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) (Spain), the Piqueteros Movement (Argentina), Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong), post-Occupy Gezi Park (Turkey), Sunflower Movement (Taiwan), Occupy Oakland (USA), Syntagma Square (Greece), 1DMX (Mexico), Miyashita Park Tokyo (Japan), 15-M Movement (Spain), and Train of Hope Vienna (Austria).

By better understanding the processes and implications of the recent urban resistances, City Unsilenced contributes to the ongoing debates concerning the role and significance of public space in the practice of lived democracy and lived space.

Announcement by Routledge.

Interview with Jeff Hou in UW News.



12 - 16 April 2018  
EPUM Seminar  
16 - 20 April 2018  
Intensive Teaching Block II  
18 April 2018  
Public Evening Lecture "Planning Theory and Everyday Life" (Knierbein), 6pm Uhr, Zeichensaal EG Panigltrakt, TU Wien main building  
24 April 2018  
Master thesis defence Dominik Linder  
26 April 2018  
Guest lecture within the Focus-Lecture "Energy, Mobility and Environment: Resilience - understanding, strategies, projects", 3-6pm, Zeichensaal EG Panigltrakt, TU main building (Knierbein/Lehner)  
07 - 08 May 2018  
Doctoral Seminar "How to publish a paper in urban studies or planning theory?"  
16 May 2018  
EPUM Steering Committee Meeting, Nicosia, Cyprus (Knierbein, Viderman)  
16 - 18 May 2018  
AESOP PSUC Meeting “The Urbanization of (In)Justice”, Nicosia, Cyprus (Lehner, Gabauer, Knierbein, Viderman, Höftberger)  
23 - 25 May 2018  
Erasmus Teaching Exchange at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Knierbein, Lehner)  
04 - 08 June 2018  
Intensive Teaching Block III  
06 June 2018  
Doctoral Seminar "How to publish a paper in urban studies or planning theory?"  
07 June 2018  
EPUM Seminar  
10 - 14 July 2018  
AESOP Annual Congress: Making Space for Hope, Gothenburg, Sweden, Chair for Track 1 “Places” (Knierbein)