Working Group TU Wien

The Internal Working Group at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) engages in ongoing debates of central questions and themes relating to the Visiting Professorship. The following colleagues are involved in the selection of candidates in the context of the “KTH + TU Wien Joint Visiting Professorship Program in Urban Studies” (since 06/2018):​

 

Prof. DI Rudolf Scheuvens

Dean of the Faculty for Architecture and Planning

“In the context of a changing understanding of planning, dealing with public spaces also becomes an especial challenge. In their function and significant role as places for traffic and stay, communication and distance, representation and children’s play, sale and demonstration, community and individuality, the development of public spaces forever constitutes an area of conflict between the requirements of society and economic interests, between the requirements posed by design, function and use.. …” Read more.

   
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein

Head of the Interdiscpliplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR)

 

“Public space is where public life unfolds. The complexities of societal change are concentrated here in a small area; lived, perceived, and conceived spaces overlap and penetrate one another here abstractly as well as concretely, concurrently and with different rhythms and intensities. …” Read more.

   
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Prof. Dr. phil. Vera Bühlmann

Head of the Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics (ATTP)

“So many books on the city – engaged books, portraying books, theoretical and theorizing ones, utopian, demonizing, idealizing, dystopian, polemic, humanistic, misanthropic – also misological” – ecological, juridical, melancholic or activist ones, arrogant and also uplifting ones, as well as disillusioning, neutralizing, and edifying ones… What does it mean, to be doing more than one can know of?” Read more.

   
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Prof. Dr. Rudolf Giffinger

Head of the Centre of Regional Science (SRF)

 

 

 

“Public spaces occupy a key position as far as the attractiveness of the European city is concerned. …” Read more.

   
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Prof. Dr. Simon Güntner

Head of the Centre of Sociology

 

 

 

“The condition of our public spaces is indicative of the cohesion of our society.”

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Assoc. Prof. Tigran Haas

Director of the Center for the Future of Places (CFP-KTH)

 

 

 

“Contemporary urban complexity in our cities clearly problematizes the notion of public space and begins to redefine the grammar and system of public spaces, where no universal vocabulary emerges. …” Read more.

   
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Prof. DI Dr. Arthur Kanonier

Study Dean of Planning

 

 

“For the study field of spatial planning and spatial organisation the teaching and research inputs as regards urban culture and public spaces represent important complements as well as advanced insights of the current academic curriculum. …” Read more.

   
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Ao. Prof. DI Dr. Christian Kühn

Study Dean of Architecture

 

“Today, architecture and city are inseparable concepts. Thinking about architecture presupposes thinking about the city, and vice versa. But this also changes the meaning of these two concepts and thus the professional self-conception of the actors involved. …” Read more.

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Dr. cand. DI Judith Lehner

University Assistant of the Interdiscpliplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR)

 

“Public space as (dis)continuously enacted site challenges disciplinary perspectives since ‘[i]t is not down in any map; true places never are’ (Moby Dick, Melville 1851).”

   
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Where the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space generates and disseminates broad and in-depth knowledge about the social complexity of built, designed, and planned urban spaces in a post-disciplinary manner, the subject departments are characterized by their respective disciplinary knowledge based on the specific patterns of thought in the different disciplines, shown through teaching and research. The assembled SKuOR team receives input from the centers and (academic) deans in the context of project-based working relationships that evolve from the specific knowledge held by the respective discipline in terms of its detail. It is also the goal of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space to bring together interested parties in the faculty’s various departments in a cross-disciplinary manner with respect to issues of urban culture and public space and to bring about cross-cutting projects in research and teaching. According to the ‘demand and support’ principle, we offer substantive debate and, on the other hand, work with professional feedback from the departments in terms of our approach. Colleagues from the working group cooperate by choice with SKuOR’s Academic Teams in required, elective, and optional courses and contribute to faculty-wide exchange on urban culture and public space. With regard to research, in their institutions they sound out how the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space can serve as a sphere of action to more strongly connect the research interests of individual employees, students, and colleagues in the relevant areas, or bring different approaches into confrontation and discuss subject positions. It is also about forging alliances and initiating joint research, and thus positioning the department, the faculty, and the university in the relevant post-disciplinary research field of current social relevance for future technical progress in the field of social innovation.