Structure

Personalia

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) was established in 2008 as a horizontally structured institution within the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the  TU Wien (organizational chart). A permanent team at the Department for Spatial Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning works in cooperation with international teams appointed to the Visiting Professorship. The working language is English, partially German and Spanish as well. In order to link international and cross-cultural perspectives on urban development to an exploration of unique local cultural, social, and professional practices, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space forges semester-long alliances with local lecturers. Furthermore, two professional groups act in an advisory capacity to support the research and teaching activities of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. The International Advisory Board was established in 2010 and consists of former endowed professors. Within the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, the Working Group of the TU Wien advocates for the embedding of the institution’s horizontal structure within the historical structure of the university.

Permanent Team

IMG_6405_swAssoc. Prof. Sabine Knierbein is responsible for leading the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. Since December 2008, this European Urban Studies researcher has been tasked with the development of content in research and teaching, academic networking at an international level, and the structural organization and management of the horizontal institution. Within the Faculty of Architecture and Planning she is supported by Dean Prof. Rudolf ScheuvensWith Angelika Gabauer, who joined in October 2018 as a PreDoc University Assistant in order to pursue her doctoral studies at the Interdisciplinray Centre SKuOR, the international team grew. Since June 2018 study assistant Olivia Kafka brings her perspectives with a economics bachelor degree and as a spatial planning student to the group’s work. Laura Sanchez contributes as teaching assistant. Doris Mayer, of the Department of Local Planning strengthens the permanent team through her accounting expertise. This team is further supported on a semester-by-semester basis by external lecturers with local knowledge and insight into human nature in Vienna, and other cities. The presence of the permanent team of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space in Vienna guarantees scientific continuity among annually changing teams of Visiting Professors; prepares research proposals with other project partners; offers urban assessments, comments, and review activities; and consults with the study deans regarding the inclusion of new teaching content in architecture and planning curricula. The team represents the interface for communication between the actors at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space and other institutions in Vienna. At the European and international level, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space’s permanent team is responsible for the creation of new academic networks as well as the solidification of existing networks. Read more.

Visiting Professorship

The Visiting Professorship is embedded within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. Expert researchers and instructors who have committed to developing a joint teaching and research program over two semesters come together each year in Vienna. Students are thus given the opportunity to work on concrete topics and to confront the complexity of urban development-related issues in an experimental format. Directing a summer academy can also be on the agenda of the Visiting Professorship, as can the organization of an international conference or the implementation of an intensive research and design workshop in Vienna. In addition, Visiting Professors carry out roundtable discussions or conference sessions during international meetings in cooperation with the director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. The academic product of each year of the Visiting Professorship is a joint publication .

Local Lecturers

Local knowledge alliances are increasingly important in light of the semester’s teaching themes and the growing research agenda of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. The focus on the interface between Know Why and Know How necessitates the connection to practical work in cities. In Vienna and other cities, theoretical academic insights within scientific institutions coexist with similarly innovative knowledge in practice. We thus work with local lecturers each semester on specific projects that gain from their special perspectives and their working experience with the processes of the actual production of public space. To them the curiosity for the city and orientation toward new spheres of action for traditional professions are just as important as the connection of new technologies, social innovation, and professional political positioning within architecture and urban planning.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space came into existence in 2010. Each year the Vienna University of Technology invites the former Visiting Professors to bring their experiences with the collaborative work at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space into dialogue with technical perspectives from their professional areas. They provide advice for the formulation of new agendas, take part in special academic events, and have the opportunity to provide input during the selection of Visiting Professors. As observers and supporters, they are also contacts with an external view of innovations in international research agendas and curricula. By offering their own local points of view from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,, England, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Iran, Italy, Taiwan and USA so far, the range of perspectives from which Vienna’s problems can be considered is sharpened and enriched.

Working Group TU Wien

Certain colleagues support the direction of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space as ongoing voluntary advisors and make recommendations for the appointment of the Visiting Professors during the annual expressions of interest and appointment processes. The working group meets quarterly to semi-annually at sessions chaired by the Dean of the Faculty. In addition to the Dean, the working group includes academic deans from planning and architecture, the head of the Interdisciplinary Centre and professors from the following fields: Read more.

  • Institute for Art History, Archaeology and Preservation (Architecture)
  • Centre of Local Planning (Planning)
  • Centre of Regional Planning and Regional Development (Planning)
  • Centre of Sociology (Planning)
  • Centre of Regional Science (Planning)
  • Department of Urban Design (Architecture)