AESOP Thematic Groups Fika

Following the Swedish tradition of the fika, we warmly invite colleagues and especially students of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning to engage in dialogue with coordinators of different Thematic Groups (TGs) of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). Through this series of virtual get-togethers we would like to show the broad spectrum of AESOP communities and introduce different research traditions in planning, and beyond, and to discuss together new perspectives and current challenges. Thursdays, quarterly, 13:00–14:30 CET, online. The first virtual meeting will take place on 14. January 2021 with Dr. Andrea Frank and Dr. Artur Rosa da Pires introducing the Thematic Group Planning Education. More information.


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

Review by Nicole Kirchberger in dérive

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.

Review by Routledge

Interview with Jeff Hou in UW News.



10 September 2020

Our new Office Address is: TU Wien, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, E 285-02, Karlsgasse 11, Rooftop Floor, A-1040 Vienna. Austria.

3 November 2020 - tba

Because of the recently adapted Covid-19 measures, teaching is switched to a distance learning format until further notice.

14 January 2021

AESOP Thematic Groups Fika: Dr. Andrea Frank and Dr. Artur Rosa da Pires introduce the Thematic Group Planning Education, 13:00-14:30 (CET), online. More information.

18 - 22 January 2021

Master Module, Winter Term 2020/21: Intensive Teaching Block III

15 April 2021

AESOP Thematic Groups Fika: Introducing the Thematic Group Planning and Complexity (requested, tbc), 13:00-14:30 (CET), online. More information.

17 June 2021

AESOP Thematic Groups Fika: Introducing the Thematic Group Planning/Conflict, 13:00-14:30 (CET), online. More information.

14 October 2021

AESOP Thematic Groups Fika: Introducing the Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (requested, tbc), 13:00-14:30 (CET), online. More information.