Phase II: 2012 – 2014


2014 Urban culture, public space and ways of life – Everyday life and scientific insights

The social production of lived space ranges from meaningful experience in everyday life to scientific insights. It connects and consolidates further themes from the second funding cycle – the material focus on resources and the mental focus on knowledge in the production of space. Each (technical, aesthetic) innovation, every (academic) advance occurs in a social environment, and thus cannot be understood as separate from the social circumstances of a particular (urban) society. At the same time, public space represents the inevitable interface of research on cities in the tensions between emotion, experience, and affect, and between the boundaries of rationality, the symbolic production of meaningful places, and the accumulation of cultural capital. Read more.

2013 Urban culture, public space, and knowledge – Education and difference

It is a normative task of urban planners to link various fields of knowledge with the goal of managing spatial development sustainably and democratically. They continuously produce and utilize spatial knowledge (mental production of space). They outline ideas, projections, and visions based on data that will later be carved in stone and cast in steel in hopes of offering support – a robust backbone – for the dynamic changes in society. Space as a productive process “is considered here at one (…) level as a result of accumulated scientific insights that permeate the working process and thus are materially effective” (Schmid 2005, 207, translated by William Magruder). Read more.

2012 Urban culture, public space, and resources – Aesthetics and materiality

The pooling of already-existing expertise at the Technical University of Vienna (Vienna UT), including in the fields of technology, sustainability, resource conservation, ecology, and aesthetics, represents a major challenge for cross-disciplinary research on public space and urban-cultural themes, if the material production of space is to be dealt with systematically across centers and interdisciplinary centers (interdisciplinarity).  Urban practitioners, including landscape architects, urban planners, urban designers, and architects, are concerned primarily with resources such as the quality of materials and the aesthetic expression of public space and built cultural aspects. Read more.