The centre’s decade of experience in the detailed conception, coordination, and delivery of international educational programs spans every educational level (bachelors, masters, and doctoral) of the study of architecture and spatial planning, in both theoretical and practice-oriented formats. Courses are taught in English, German. Our curriculum is distinguished by:
– interdisciplinary connections (collaboration among different disciplines and departments, faculties, and universities);
– transdisciplinary approaches (cooperation with local NGOs, civil society, municipal administrations, district offices, and business actors);
– cross-cultural character (work with international students of different nationalities, cultural backgrounds, and religions; work with refugees).
The focus of teaching up to now has been on central places and formal design and planning processes (such as an inclusion check on the land use categories), as well as processes of insurgent urbanism and peripheral sites (such as the activist practices of urban minorities in public space). Educational elements of our work include interest-based learning, open-ended project work on specific places and processes, supported by clear methodological and theoretical orientations.
The staff of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space teach in self-directed formats (lectures, presentations by consultants, standard teaching formats, keynotes, seminars, etc.), and in the form of “academic teams” (co-teaching), a format with an international character that we systematically developed with various international colleagues in Vienna.