251.012 vernacular architecture
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019S, SE, 2.0h, 2.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: SE Seminar

Aim of course

  • Writing a seminar paper
  • Discours about methodological ways of working
  • Assistance in structuring the topic of the seminar paper
  • Instructions for (literature) research


Subject of course

Traditional designs, construction techniques and building materials

Traditions are locally related to specific regions and socially to particular communities. Traditional knowledge is passed on within these communities and adapted to changing needs, which contributes to continuous changes in building styles, construction techniques and the use of building materials. Ecological, economic and social conditions influence these changes in a complex interaction.

The understanding of changing influences enables us to visualise causal relations in the regional development of building design and construction techniques, for example in the development of corner-timbered constructions (a) on an ecological level due to certain local timber resources, topographical conditions, climatic conditions, etc.; (b) on an economic level, for example, through certain economic conditions or trade routes; (c) at a political and legal level, for example through legally limited access to natural resources or the amendment of building legislation; (d) at a technical level, for example through new opportunities in the processing of raw materials; (e) at the social level, for example through migration.

In a wider context, understanding these causal relationships influences our understanding of sustainability, thus illustrating the complex concept of natural space and traditional building culture and its sensitivity in reacting to changes of various kinds .

In this seminar selected buildings will be surveyed and their construction techniques, building materials, their genesis and transformationsand will be analyzed. A focus is on traditional building techniques using clay, stone, wood, natural fibers and possible methods of combinations. Material deposits, material properties and processing methods play a central role.

Traditional designs often do not meet today's technical requirements. This raises questions about dealing with traditional constructions by using "modern" technical methods. How did the traditional protection of earthen walls from moisture or of wooden walls from fire work? How could dry stone walls maintain their stability over centuries and how were fibers used in the reinforcement of mineral building materials? Are traditional construction techniques still up-to-date and what can we learn from them for today's applications? A discourse will contribute to the understanding of certain qualities of traditional construction techniques and examine certain methods of conservation on selected traditional buildings.

Additional information


12.March: 17:00-19:00; Seminarroom 251

Subject of the course

  • Excursion to selected traditional buildings
  • Documentation of the buildings: Types, construction techniques and building materials
  • Investigation of ecological, economic and social factors influencing genesis and transformation
  • Analysis of traditional techniques for processing raw materials
  • Analysis methods of conservation

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: http://www.tuwien.ac.at/fileadmin/t/ukanzlei/t-ukanzlei-english/Plagiarism.pdf

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: https://www.tuwien.ac.at/fileadmin/t/ukanzlei/t-ukanzlei-english/Plagiarism.pdf
Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: https://www.tuwien.at/fileadmin/Assets/dienstleister/Datenschutz_und_Dokumentenmanagement/Plagiarism.pdf



Course dates

Tue17:00 - 19:0012.03.2019 - 25.06.2019Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
vernacular architecture - Single appointments
Tue12.03.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue19.03.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue26.03.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue02.04.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue09.04.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue30.04.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue07.05.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue14.05.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue21.05.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue28.05.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue18.06.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Tue25.06.201917:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 251 Vernacular Architecture
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Seminar paper and oral presentation

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.02.2019 20:00 24.06.2019 19:00 30.06.2019 19:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


Literature will be specified in the course.

Previous knowledge


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if required in English