KTH Stockholm & TU Wien Visiting Professor 2021

Marie Glaser (Director ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the & Built Environment at the ETH Department of Architecture, Zurich, Switzerland) is the KTH Stockholm & TU Wien Visiting Professor 2021 in the field of Urban Generations. Public Space, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions. Together with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein and Univ. Ass. Angelika Gabauer, MA, Marie Glaser is involved in research and teaching activities. Next winter semester (2020/21) a master module and a thesis seminar will be offered. More information on next semester's teaching activities will follow soon.



KNIERBEIN, S. and VIDERMAN, T (2018 Routledge)

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition.

Through an exploration of emancipation in capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice co-constituted by residents, places and practices rather than an abstract professional field organizing people and movements.

Public Space Unbound brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to examine spaces, conditions and processes in which emancipatory practices impact the everyday life of citizens. We ask: How do emancipatory mo(ve)ments relate with public space under ‘post-political conditions’? In a time when democracy, solidarity and utopia are in crisis, is it still productive to claim future progress by urban revolution, or shall we rather look at small emancipatory mo(ve)ments that characterize present everyday life?

Announcement by Routledge

Review by Nicole Kirchberger in dérive

HOU, J. and KNIERBEIN, S. (2017 Routledge, in print)
City Unsilenced: Urban resistance and public space in the age of shrinking democracy.

What do the recent urban resistance tactics around the world have in common? What are the roles of public space in these movements? What are the implications of urban resistance for the remaking of public space in the "age of shrinking democracy"? To what extent do these resistances move from anti- to alter-politics?

City Unsilenced brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to examine the spaces, conditions and processes in which neoliberal practices have profoundly impacted the everyday social, economic, and political life of citizens and communities around the globe. They examine the commonalities and specificities of urban resistance movements that respond to those impacts. They focus on how such movements make use of and transform the meanings and capacity of public space. They investigate their ramifications in the continued practices of renewing democracies. A broad collection of cases is presented and analyzed, including Movimento Passe Livre (Brazil), Google Bus Blockades San Francisco (USA), the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) (Spain), the Piqueteros Movement (Argentina), Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong), post-Occupy Gezi Park (Turkey), Sunflower Movement (Taiwan), Occupy Oakland (USA), Syntagma Square (Greece), 1DMX (Mexico), Miyashita Park Tokyo (Japan), 15-M Movement (Spain), and Train of Hope Vienna (Austria).

By better understanding the processes and implications of the recent urban resistances, City Unsilenced contributes to the ongoing debates concerning the role and significance of public space in the practice of lived democracy and lived space.

Announcement by Routledge.

Review by Routledge

Interview with Jeff Hou in UW News.


16 March - 30 September 2020

Due to Covid-19 measures our offices stay closed for public meetings until further notice. During this period the team is available via email. Exceptions can be made in case of urgently needed diploma supervision, appointments with Prof. Knierbein for these purposes can be provided via email to Olivia Kafka.

July - September 2020

Relocation: The office will (most probably) move to its new location at Karlsgasse (1040, Vienna) over the course of September. 

Library: Due to relocation preparations the library will close over the summer. All books that are currently borrowed need to be returned until July 31 2020. More information.

Availability: The team will be available especially via email (except during vacation periods).

19 - 23 October 2020

Master Module, Winter Term 2020/21: Intensive Teaching Block I

30 November - 4 December 2020

Master Module, Winter Term 2020/21: Intensive Teaching Block II

18 - 22 January 2021

Master Module, Winter Term 2020/21: Intensive Teaching Block III