Learning Fields

This summer school explored possibilities and limitations of participatory action research as an empowering catalyst for the constitution of city publics. The school was conducted in five teams, each engaged in one of five learning fields. Each team of six students was supported by a local actor, a keynote speaker, a member of the local scientific team and an European scholar. The learning fields were:

A) Beyond participatory discourse and process

How can inclusive planning practices stimulate emancipatory design approaches, unravel latent needs and empower local groups? What kind of organization principles and tools would best support such practices? How to promote public space as a crossroads for open-source, open-process and open-end change? How can fairness, equity and tolerance be incorporated into planning and design practice in order to guarantee the socially just redistribution of public resources? Keynote: Burcu Yigit Turan Ozyegin University Istanbul, Turkey

European scholar (AESOP): Julia Wildeis

TU Wien, Vienna

Local actor: Gemeinsame Landwirtschaft Wilde Rauke

represented by Pete Belcher

Local scientific team member: Theresa Schütz


Gregor Berkopec

Melissa Cate Christ

Banu Çiçek Tülü

Borna Pavičić

Eve Schiefer

Elisabet Van Wymeersch


…………………………….. FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014  



B) Between emancipatory practices and everyday life

To what extent have planners and designers already acknowledged and worked with the existing resources and experiences that communities and neighbourhoods usually provide? How can transdisciplinary thinking be integrated into the politics of planning and urban design already at an early stage? Finally: How shall planning processes be designed to make another vision of everyday life possible, thus relating to existing potentials of space, and its social and cultural context? How can urban professionals reach, respect and actively involve local people and groups? Keynote: Jeff Hou University of Washington, Seattle, USA und City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2013, Vienna UT, Austria

European scholar (AESOP): Maria Anita Palumbo & Olivier Boucheron Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette Local actor: IGL-Marchfeldkanal represented by Helmut Bauer Local scientific team member: Angelika Gabauer Students: Lore Hauck Slaven Kliček Jana Piacun Zala Velkavrh Nikola Venkov Joscha Viertauer Jere Kuzmanić …………………………….. FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014 “WALK!”



C) The material, the mental and the lived space

To what extent can lived space experiences inform processes of envisioning public space in planning and design? How do the imaginaries and material culture of urban societies influence planning and design for public space? To what extent does planning and design education stimulate the meaningful production of everyday spaces? How are built and lived spaces represented in the media and in discourses about urban development of the Gasworks Leopoldau? Keynote: Anja Steglich (replacing Angela Million) Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

European scholar (AESOP): Gabriela Esposito de Vita IRAT – National Research Council, Naples, Italy Local actor: CIT Collective represented by Iver Ohm Local scientific team member: Tihomir Viderman Students: Magdalena Augustin Ines Mravunac Alexandra Mukovozova Stefania Ragozino Kumi Tashiro Scott Varga Sandra Voser …………………………….. FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014



D) Cultural practices creating alternative values

What are the potentials and means of the collective production of public space? How can local everyday cultural practices (beyond the arts) be integrated into a comprehensive planning process? How do local communities and socially innovative agents foster solidary practices of sharing and fair resource distribution? Keynote: Anton Lederer Graz, Austria

European scholar (AESOP): Dafne Berc &  Branimir Rajcic Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia Local actor: spacelab_umwelt Strebersdorf represented by Monika Rinner Local scientific team member: Emanuela Semlitsch Students: Esra Akbalık Iva Cukic Anika Depraetere Marijeta Karlovic Graf Vera Naydenova Alberta Nikolov Ana Premur …………………………….. FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014



E) Between everyday life and scientific insights

How do scientific findings and innovations affect the (materializing) patterns of everyday life? Vice versa, to what extent can the manifold social spaces and spatial practices revealed in public places serve as analytical fields for gaining new knowledge about urban societies and urban space in transition? And what are the core features to enhance social innovation in public planning and community design? Keynote: Rob Shields University of Alberta, Canada and City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2014, Vienna UT, Austria

European scholar (AESOP): Iva Marčetić & Bojan Mucko Zagreb, Croatia Local actor: Laboratoire dérive represented by Elke Rauth Local scientific team member: Sabine Knierbein

Students: Ilil Bartana Judith Dörrenbacher Katarzyna Piskorek Hikoyat Salimova Ana Toth …………………………….. FINAL PRESENTATION, 4 September 2014