Lecture

Visiting Professorship in Urban Studies 2021
Urban Generations. Public Space, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions

MASTER MODULE: Urban Generations. Public Space, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions

VO 280.534  Strategies and intervention of the production of space

[1 VO (Lecture course), 2 SWS (contact hours, one is 45min, counted for 13-15 weeks per term), 4 ECTS]

TISS course: 280.534

**This course will be offered by Visiting Professor in Urban Studies 2021 Dr. Marie Glaser and by Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein, with guest lecture inputs by Visiting Professor in Urban Studies 2020 Dr. Kim Trogal and University Assistant Angelika Gabauer**

In accordance with further pandemic developments, teaching will be either offered as presence teaching or in a distance learning format.

i. Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the nuanced features of urban development phenomena as regards intergenerational life in cities in relation to demographic and societal change as well as related policies in place. This is key in order to analyze the existing situation of different age groups, particularly the elderly, their social relations and spatial practices. This lecture therefore creates knowledge that is relevant to develop strategies for intergenerational inclusion and provokes ideas for shaping local settings in public urban life for all generations.

This lecture course aims to examine how urban, social and health policies shape urban space. How do normative ideas about urban development for certain generations produce new and reproduce established subjectivities, and power relations. The course departs from a working understanding that the reproductive capacities of societies are not inherently aligned with progressive urban and spatial politics, but rather can similarly reproduce neoliberal forms of policy making or other practices that tend to increase social inequality in cities. In the critical context of demographic change, rising social divisions and exclusion of the elderly from public urban life, the course therefore aims to understand the challenges that the ongoing societal changes pose to cities and how this affects the quality of life of the elderly. Its objective is also  to enable critical appraisal of the socio-spatial dimensions of current urban, intergenerational and health policies. How does this link (or not) to the wider socio-spatial organization of the overall city in contexts of changing everyday life patterns within processes of capitalist urbanization? The course explores alternative practices and settings of more equitable and mutual models of intergenerational socio-spatial production, e.g. in housing. In the context of the module’s wider agenda of Urban Generations, this lecture course therefore introduces students to a range of critical theories through which both the problematics and future potentialities of urban research, planning and design for intergenerational living can be examined.

The course aims to equip students with new urban studies perspectives enhancing students skills for critical analysis, as well as expanding their knowledge on the subject of intergenerational living with a focus on geographies of ageing which we consider relevant to shape urban futures. While debating urban generations and ageing society through the lenses of housing and public space (and at their interface), we will shed a light on contemporary theoretical approaches and concepts of age, ageing, ageism, age segregation and exclusion, and om intergenerational relations. We will jointly examine how urban research, design and planning disciplines can address demands of intergenerationality through the spatial practices and design interventions they envisage. This will help us to discuss the roles of these disciplines in shaping inclusive neighborhoods and cities.

ii. Subject of course

The course introduces a range of theories and case studies showing the diverse set of research approaches, activist practices and policies that cut across the sectors of housing and public space through a focus on lived space. Lecture Units tackle (0) a general overview on intergenerational living and ageing urban inhabitants’ needs and wants; (1) insights into wider socio-structural criteria regarding demographic shifts and socio-spatial transformations affecting societies and neighboorhoods and an overview about concepts related to ageing; (2) an introduction to concepts of public space, everyday life and the public city; (3) alternative approaches to age-friendly cities embracing the agency of elderly people while critically revising global health policies on age-friendly cities; (4) knowledge about concepts linking planning and urban design to everyday life, that is, everyday urbanism and ordinary cities and how they help in analyzing geographies of encounter based on social, cultural and political difference; (5) insights into “Geographies of Ageing”,  a research project which took a comparative approach to analyze the importance of neighborhood environments and public space for the elderly in Zurich, Vienna and Stockholm; (6) the role of the human body in producing social space, and how this affects different forms of civic protest and planning for the elderly; (7) formal and informal care practices as collective everyday processes revising the current paradigm of ‘age-friendly-cities’; (8) critical reflections on care, the city and social theory (public evening lecture), (9) the role of insurgent spatial practices in the wake of global urban restructuring and an increasing informalization and precarization of former urban middle classes; (10) a specific focus on urban ageing in Vienna and related urban morphologies; (11) awareness raising on how increasing inequality, exclusion and austerity measures affect seniors in cities; (12) an attempt to retheorize everyday life with a focus on lived space and the embodied protest of older people in cities across Austria.

Case studies and theories cut across a range of disciplines including architecture, urban studies, ethnography and social studies, planning and geography to interrogate the social reproduction of public space and the city in a context of social and demographic change. We are prepared to deliver the course in the form of distance learning should it be necessary in winter term 2020/21 but we will definitely prefer embodied ways of learning from one another in and outside of the seminar room, if possible.

Intensive Teaching Block I (ITB I) – 19 – 23 October 2020

Lecture Unit 0  – Urban Generations, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions (Introduction and Kick-Off)
Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein

The lecture focuses on the interface between housing studies and public space research. We conceive of this interface through the concept of lived space which comprises all spatial dimensions of urban everyday life. Our particular emphasis in this lecture is the focus on urban generations in the context of an ageing society with the aim of reflecting, analyzing and critically reflecting questions of inequalities and exclusion, of resistance and emancipation, access to urban public life, access to housing and social and health care, and forms of social participation for older people. It approaches from an urban studies perspective with an ethnographic urban research focus issues of intergenerational living, ageing and urban everyday life:  This choice

  • reflects the complexity of demographic change, with the emergence of a wide spectrum of lifestyles, ways of living and needs among different cohorts in the 50-plus age group (socio-demographic perspective);
  • raises awareness of the importance of the diverse practices of how different generations and particularly groups of ageing inhabitants participate in urban public life (socio-cultural perspective);
  • formulates an interest to understand the policies and regulatory frameworks that foster or hinder intergenerational living and respected housing and public space schemes (socio-political perspective);
  • seeks to understand the particular impact of the material environment in maintaining the quality of intergenerational life of (elderly) people (socio-economic perspective)
  • explores the formal and the informal settings of community care and neighborhood support at the intersection of public and private life. Of particular interest will the multiple everyday care practices and how they are embedded in new ways of (neoliberal) governmentality, planning and biopolitics.

Different lecture units will take up these crucial aspects, whereas both the introductory and the closing unit will help to create linkages between these different threads.

Lecture Unit 1 – Urban Generations and Ageing Society
Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser

 This lecture introduces primarily to the current situation of western ageing societies with its dynamic social changes due to societal developments and the effects of globalization, urban migration as well as new health conditions. We will discuss contemporary theoretical approaches and concepts of age, ageing, ageism, age segregation, exclusion and intergenerational relations from a sociology, gerontology, human geography perspective and undertake a critical review of dominant public discourses of “active ageing” and images of mostly white wealthy babyboomer seniors, that are being stressed by recent global health policy programmes, like the issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2007.

We will develop a detailed picture of diversified family patterns, increasing geographic mobility of individuals, diversifying cultural patterns of family systems, differentiated lifestyles and intergenerational relations.  Which are the socio-spatial effects of this development? Diversity of household sizes, increase of single person households (high share female households). Geographic distance between generations of family networks – transforming the traditional family support network – making support exchange more problematic. Growing social divisions between groups of elderly and urban neighborhoods.

Bibliography:

  • Hopkins, Peter and Pain, Rachel (2007). “Geographies of Age: Thinking Relationally”, Area, Vol. 39, No. 3: 287-294
  • Schwanen, Tim, Irene Hardill and Susan Lucas (2012). “Spatialities of Ageing: The Co-Construction and Co-Evolution of Old Age and Space”, Geoforum 43: 1291-1295.

Lecture Unit 2 –  Everyday Life and the Public City
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein

Contemporary cities are changing rapidly due to processes of de-industrialization, sociocultural integration, climate change and economic globalization. Within those cities public spaces are the meeting place of politics and culture, social and individual territories, instrumental and expressive concerns. This lecture explores public spaces and other spaces of urban everyday life. It introduces distinctions between public space and the public sphere, as well as between public life and public opinion formation and thus provides basics to understand the everchanging nature of spatial patterns and routines of urban everyday life for different age groups.

Bibliography

  • Madanipour, A (2010) Whose Public Space. International Case Studies in Urban Design and Development. Introduction. New York/London. Routledge, pp. 1-16.
  • Low, S (2015) Public Space and the Public Sphere. The Legacy of Neil Smith. Antipode Vol. 00 No. 0 2015 ISSN 0066-4812, pp 1–18.

Lecture Unit 3 – An Alternative Picture of Age-Friendly Cities
Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser

This lecture provides a critical appraisal of what has been termed the development of “age-friendly cities and communities” following the World Health Organization (WHO) program of 2007.  In the context of an ageing population, growing life expectancy and with it a larger share of very old persons among the overall urban population in general, this program has become a central policy strategy of many cities worldwide. With this, ‘aging in place’ has turned into a dominant element in cities’ planning and health policy, aiming at facilitating the possibility for older people to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible.

The lecture introduces pioneering urban concepts of intergenerational space (Mumford) and discusses the emerging conceptual debates around age-friendly and healthy aging urban environments and their possible characteristics. It takes into consideration the idealized preconception of equal access to public life and space of cities for all people and the real effective urban life of social division, patterns of spatial inequality and lines exclusion in later life, in regard to age, but also to gender, class, social capital, ethnicity, etc. It introduces the concepts of liveable cities for all ages (van Vliet 2011) and of lifetime neighborhoods, linking different parts of the urban system for an effective support for older people within neighborhoods (Buffel and Phillipson, 2015) and stresses the important role of “agency” of old people.

Bibliography:

  • Buffel, T., Phillipson, C., & Scharf, T. (2012). Ageing in urban environments: Developing age-friendly cities. Critical Social Policy, 32(4), 597–617.
  • Fran Tonkiss (2005), The politics of space, chapter 3, in: Space, the City and Social Theory, Cambridge, polity press, p.59-79.

Intensive Teaching Block II (ITB II) – 18 November & 30 November – 4 December 2020

Lecture Unit 4 – Geographies of Encounter and The Ordinary City
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein

This lecture situates the field of public space research in the wider field of Internationale Urbanistik (urban studies) while taking up the post-colonial perspective on global urbanization which emphasizes the ordinariness of all cities, while analyzing urban inhabitants’ everyday settings and routines (Robinson 2006). This thread is (1) introduced through Crawford’s focus on everyday urbanism to fetch architecture and planning students from design approaches embracing ordinary cities and everyday life, (2) explores Robinson’s conceptual take on ordinary cities and her critique on global or world city concepts, and (3) links to more specific analytical dimensions of urban everyday spaces as geographies of encounter based on social, political and cultural difference (Valentine 2008).

Bibliography

  • Highmore, B (2002) The Everyday Life Reader. London, New York: Routledge. Pp. 1-34
  • Robinson, J (2006) Introduction. Postcolonising Urban Studies. In: Robinson, J (ed) Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity and Development. Psychology Press. Place. Pp. 1-12.

Lecture Unit 5 – On Geographies of Age
Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser

This lecture introduces the context and preliminary findings of a research project entitled “Geographies of Age. Older people’s access to housing and urban life”, conducted by a team of KTH Stockholm, TU Wien and ETH Zurich CASE. The project aimed at exploring social and spatial dimensions of age-appropriate living environments from different local perspectives. Answers have been woven into policy recommendations to municipal decision makers (for the case of Zurich). How do older people experience daily life in cities? How do the elderly utilise and benefit from their urban environment? In what way are their experiences affected by differential access to resources? The goal was to propose options for public policies as well as actors on the housing market in the three growing cities to enhance age-appropriate urban environments and to prevent loneliness and social exclusion among the elderly. The cities show all scenarios of growth of inhabitants and workplaces, though they differ in housing policies and welfare systems, with different effects on housing markets and the housing situation of the elderly. Using a mixed-methods approach, a detailed picture of the interrelation between economic conditions, policies, everyday practices of social life and the built environment was obtained. The lecture introduces the projects basic analytical concept following Gardner’s (2011) analytical spatial categories (1) third spaces, (2) transitory zones and (3) thresholds. Contrasting older people’s access to housing and urban life in different geographical urban settings has proven fruitful in order to shed light on the complex issue of age-appropriate living environments.

Bibliography:

  • Gardner, P. J. (2011) Natural neighborhood networks. Important social networks in the lives of older adults aging in place, Journal of Aging Studies, 25 (2011), pp. 263-271.
  • Buffel, T., Verté, D., de Donder, L., de Witte, N., Dury, S., Vanwing, T., and Bolsenbroek, A. (2012) Theorising the relationship between older people and their immediate social living environment. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 31(1), pp. 13-32.

Lecture Unit 6 – Lived Space and the Embodied City
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein

The lecture will (1) offer an understanding of embodied protest as an affective form of staging dissent and thereby shaping ‘the political’ in the city. By taking on a particular perspective from the field of anthropology on the embodied dimension of urban life and protest, different examples of bodily protest in public spaces will be explored and discussed. In a successive part this lecture unit (2) deals with the concept of ‘politics of affect’: How does embodied action, or, as Setha Low coins it: embodied space, relate to an (analytical, interpretative) understanding of the relevance of experience and affect that is very much inscribed in contemporary feminist political theory. Finally, (3) a transfer will be established between considerations linking embodied space conceptions, politics of affect and concrete spatial practices by architects, planners and designers which can be framed as performative planning, performative urbanism or as a wider performative turn in the social sciences and the spatial arts.

Bibliography:

  • Moore, S (2013) Taking Up Space: Anthropology and Embodied Protest. Radical Anthropology, 7/2013, pp. 6-16. Available online: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org/sites/default/files/journal/ra_journal_nov_2013_6-16.pdf (last accessed 16 March 2020)
  • Low, S (2003) Embodied Space(s). Anthropological Theories of Body, Space, and Culture. Space and Culture, 6(1), pp. 9-18 

Evening Lecture Unit 7 – Care, Urban Generations and the City (working title)
Public Evening Lecture by former Visiting Professor Dr. Kim Trogal, followed by roundtable dialogue or similar organized by Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein and Univ. Ass Angelika Gabauer MA

Guest Lecture Kim Trogal: Care as affective practice

This lecture introduces the concept of ‘care’ and defines it as an affective orientation and practice. It then goes on to explores organisational tools in a variety of different contexts, which each facilitate and support caring relations. The lecture concludes by opening up questions of the possibilities of such tools within spatial practice, architecture and planning. 

Bibliography:

  • de La Bellacasa, M.P., 2017. Matters of care: Speculative ethics in more than human worlds(Vol. 41). University of Minnesota Press. “Introduction: The disruptive thought of care” Pp. 1-24. 
  • Gibson-Graham, J.K., 2006. A postcapitalist politics. University of Minnesota Press. “Chapter 1: Affects and Emotions for a postcapitalist politics” pp. 1-21.

Lecture Unit 8 – Formal and Informal Care Practices
Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser and Univ. Ass. Angelika Gabauer MA

The lecture unit contributes to the emerging conceptual debates around age-friendly urban environments and addresses ambivalences linked with new arrangements and forms of aging. It aims at enhancing the idea of ‘age-friendly cities’ through including a perspective of care, that goes beyond the formalized urban facilities for older people and that challenges the idea of ‘active aging’. Through shedding light on the ‘hidden’ dimensions of care with its informal settings at the intersection of public and private life, we illustrate the multiple everyday care practices of older people in order to propose a critical concept of age-friendly cities.

Bibliography:

  • Gabauer, A., Glaser, M., Christensen, L., Lehner, J. M., Jing, J and Lundberg, S. (2021, forthcoming) Geographies of Aging: Hidden Dimensions of Care in Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich, Routledge.
  • Wegleitner, K. and Schuchter, P. (2018) Caring communities as collective learning process: findings and lessons learned from a participatory research project in Austria, Ann Palliat Med, 7(2), pp. 84-98

Lecture Unit 9 – Global Urban Restructuring and the Insurgent City
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein

The lecture will emphasize Asef Bayat’s conception on global restructuring and street politics, and will take it to an urban level of analysis. Recently, the concept of insurgent urbanism has been connected to public space research, stating that the focus on the everyday is an important aspect of community design debates, particularly when ethnic difference or multicultural demands to space are expressed. This lecture unit tackles conceptions of insurgent urbanism, and insurgent planning. While potentially significant in their ability to destabilize the hegemonic hierarchy in the political and institutional systems, everyday insurgencies may not be inherently positive or benevolent. Insurgent acts in themselves do not necessarily result in broader transformative outcomes. Nevertheless, however imperfect or conflict-laden they are, insurgent spatial practices can create conditions for critical reflections and potential social transformation.

Bibliography:

  • Bayat, A (2010) Life as Politics. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Available online: https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/bitstream/handle/1887/15229/A.+Bayat+-+Life+as+Politics.pdf?sequence=1 (last accessed 16 March 2020). Chapter 3, pp. 43-65.
  • Miraftab, F (2009) Insurgent Planning: Situating Radical Planning in the Global South. Planning Theory, 8(1), pp. 32-50 

Intensive Teaching Block III (ITB III) – 18 – 22 January 2021

Lecture Unit 10 –  Urban Fabric and Ageing in Vienna (Guest Lecture)
Guest Lecture by Dr. Christiane Feuerstein

The lecture considers the different approaches and resulting concepts in dealing with the needs of older people in the context of the overall urban development and the associated transformation of building structures.

Bibliography:

  • Leeb, Franziska (2009): wohnen. pflegen. Leben. Neue Wiener Wohn-und Pflegehäuser. Wien: Bohmann Verlag (dt./engl.)
  • «Red Vienna Grey Society», folder, text will be distributed 

Lecture Unit 11: How to Encounter Inequalities and Exclusion?
Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser

Still the challenges remain in responding to the growth of inequality and the impact of economic austerity on policies targeted to older people. The lecture tries to bring together the concerns of the previous lectures with the aim of sharpening the debate on conventional age-friendly approaches, recognizing the complexity of the global urban environment, the differentiating patterns of urban growth or shrinking. What should be done and what is already practiced in developing age-friendly communities – in housing provision and management, in neighborhood community development, in policy making?

The lecture encourages a debate on the role of research and researchers in the field and their agency towards policy production – their critical social engagement within the communities they live in and within the local urban policies. The extent to which universities can engage local communities in their research can have a direct influence on policy and practices aimed at improving the quality of life in old age. How can we create our research approach in a way that it reflects and de-constructs normative images and preconceptions of age and ageing, of intergenerational relations, of care, of governance? Which are the alternative participatory methods and ways of building up and “doing” expertise / conducting research, co-creating socially inclusive age-friendly design? Where are the limits of participation? Exemplary bottom up participatory processes and citizenship-based policy approaches to ageing will be discussed.

Bibliography:

  • Shore, C, Wright, S. (2011). Conceptualising Policy: Technologies of Governance and the Politics of Visibility, Introduction chapter, in: Shore, C. , Wright, S. and Però (eds.) (2011). Policy Worlds. Anthropology and the analysis of contemporary power. Oxford: Berghahn, p.1-25
  • Buffel, T., Skyrme, J. and Phillipson, C. (2017). Connecting Research with Social Responsibility: Developing ‘Age-Friendly’ Communities in Manchester, UK. In Shek, Daniel, Hollister, R.(eds.)(2017). University Social Responsibility and Quality of Life. Singapore: Springer, p. 99-120.

Lecture Unit 12 – Urban Resistance and the Neoliberal City
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein

Contemporary processes of capitalist urbanization have affected cities’ everyday life patterns and have brought forward both new emancipations and liberations, yet also a series of backlashes, new authoritarianisms and traumatic features that materialize in the urban public space. By investigating the “dark side of public space,” when it comes to un-democratic appropriations of public space, empirical evidence from Vienna will offer distinctions between anti politics and alter politics of social movements, as well as theoretical innovation towards theorizing everyday life. It has been particularly Sigmund Freud, but also Karl Marx, who have at their time diagnosed that everyday life also features uncanny sides, sometimes brought into present shared lives in public space through past traumas, or fears about a less positive future. Henri Lefebvre has in that sense transferred Marx concept of alienation towards a critique of everyday life in the past century. By using theories from different fields such as international sociology, postcolonial theory, feminist political sciences and cultural studies to inform an analysis of everyday geographies, this critique of everyday life is updated by including positions from Brigitte Bargetz, Asef Bayat, Ben Highmore and Boaventura de Sousa Santos who have all forwarded an analysis of urban public space in relation to theorizing resistance, emancipation, liberation and, first and foremost, everyday life and lived space. The lecture will show if – and if yes, how – the modernist critique of everyday life can be actualized through an empirical analysis of contemporary urban phenomena and more recent ways of theorizing urban life, urban change and urban space. It will end by highlighting the case of the “Omas gegen Rechts” an activist group of mainly ageing women in Austria who have  successfully formed a counter public and have transformed cities’ public space into a place of resistance of the elderly, claiming their right to the city and to a different kind of politics.

Bibliography:

  • Hou, J and Knierbein, S (2017) Shrinking Democracy and Urban Resistance. Toward An Emancipatory Politics of Public Space. In: Hou, J and Knierbein, S (eds) City Unsilenced. Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 3-16
  • Tyler, I (2015) Classificatory Struggles: Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times. The Sociological Review, 63(2), pp. 493-511

Lecture Unit 13 – – Urban Generations, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions (Closing and Retrospective)
Visiting Professor Dr. Marie Glaser and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein with guest lecturer Angelika Gabauer

In a joint trialogue we will create retrospective linkages between the different lecture units and carve out crucial questions which planners, architects and deisgners as well as ethnographers and urban researchers should deal with in the future when integrating aspects of intergenerational living and relational conceptions of age and ageing into their everyday professional praxis.

iii. Teaching Methods

The lecture is part of an urban studies module in which urban ethnographic research will be explicitly dealt with in the exercise number EX 280.536. Within the lecture, we will use face-to-face and/or remote pedagogical methods as well as an interactive lecturing formats, which will allow us to discuss the role of an intergenerational perspective to enhance planners and architects understanding for a more inclusive urban development praxis. Participants are invited to pose questions and make comments throughout the lecture course, and our lectures will also be guided through a couple of questions to explore each lecture unit content. Our teaching model is informed by participatory action research and critical urban pedagogy which means that we actively seek to provide an interest-based learning approach across the module. In terms of pedagogical approaches in architecture and planning, we will seek to jointly explore with the students how these fields can gain more relevance for teaching urban and societal issues of intergenerational living, with a particular focus on ageing in contemporary cities through an interdisciplinary and an inclusive architectural, planning and urban research praxis.

iv. Mode of examination

written and oral

v. Examination modalities

Participants of the lecture are asked to individually attend the lecture units and read the related texts. They are moreover required to either prepare an individual scientific essay of 4-6 pages or to take an oral group exam of 60 minutes (which will be marked individually).

The scientific essay should draw connections between one input offered by Marie Glaser (including texts) and one input offered by Sabine Knierbein (including texts) and develop cross-disciplinary perspectives on the annual theme “2021 – Urban Generations. Public Space, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions”, inparticular with a focus on urban cultures and public spaces. Submission deadline for the individual essays is in January 2020 (tba). The oral exam will be offered during the 3rd teaching block (tba). For the oral group exam students are required to revise all lectures and the assigned literature.

vi. Further information

This lecture ” Strategies and interventions of the production of space” is part of the module 11 “Urban culture, public space” (consisting of three courses VO 280.534, SE 280.535 and UE 280.536) which is offered during three intensive teaching weeks (ITB) by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (http://skuor.tuwien.ac.at). Module 11 compiles a set of integrated courses dealing with lived space at the interface of the fields of urban studies, urban design and urban planning. The courses mainly address master students (late bachelor or early doctoral students), especially from planning and architecture are invited to take part. Yet we explicitly welcome students coming from other Viennese universities in related disciplines, such as urban studies, urban design, geography, sociology, political science, landscape architecture, cultural studies, etc. as well as ‘Mitbeleger’.  The course language is English. We support students’ active participation in debates and interactive teaching formats, and encourage you to bring in and develop your own ideas and critical perspectives. We seek to create an international level of debate and exchange and welcome students from all countries and cultures. Just contact us (info@skuor.tuwien.ac.at).

Students interested in this course are highly recommended to take part in the seminar (TISS No 280.534) and the exercise (TISS No 280.535).

To take part in all three courses of the module 11 please register for module 11 until 3 October 2020 via TISS registration for the course, VO 280.534. Further course registration will be carried out directly at the kick-off meeting on 5 October 2020, 9am in Seminar Room Argentinierstraße.

Dates of the Module 11

The main body of teaching will be delivered during three intensive teaching blocks (ITB):

  • ITB I  19 – 23 October 20
  • ITB II  18 November & 30 November – 4 December 20
  • ITB III  18 – 22 January 21