251.702 excursion: architecture of non-Western traditions
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, EX, 2.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: EX Excursion
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to... 

  • communicate the subject of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
  • define attributes for describing the exceptional Universal Values of World Heritage Sites.
  • derive different aspects of architecture in a different cultural context.
  • work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

Subject of course

EXCURSION to Indonesia: Yogyakarta - Borobudur

The LVA is linked to the Module Cultural Spaces in the summer semester 2023.

The maximum number of participating students is limited to 10!

This semester, the module Cultural Spaces deals with the topic of attribute mapping for World Heritage sites in the sense of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

The UNECO World Heritage Convention was ratified by 193 states in 1972 to create an international instrument for the protection of cultural and natural heritage sites. The Convention defines the criteria under which an object, ensemble or cultural or natural landscape can be inscribed on the World Heritage List. The sites on the List are protected by international law, which states that by inscribing a site on the World Heritage List, the States on which it is located undertake to take all measures to preserve it.

The World Heritage Committee, the main body responsible for implementing the Convention, has developed precise criteria for inscribing sites on the World Heritage List and for granting international assistance under the World Heritage Fund. These are contained in a document entitled "Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention". This document is regularly revised by the Committee to take into account new concepts, findings or experiences.

It sets out how the Outstanding Universal Value of a site can be described. Attributes that describe the authenticity and integrity of a site are important. Describing attributes has only become an issue in recent years and the methods to do so are still being developed.

The module will describe the background of attribute mapping and the practical approaches to it. In cooperation with three Indonesian universities (Universitas Atma Jaya, Yogyakarta, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta und Universitas Trisakti, Jakarta) and the National Committee of ICOMOS Indonesia and ICOMOS Austria, the attributes of the cultural landscape around the World Heritage Site "Borobudur Temple Compounds" will be surveyed and the approach will be compared with the survey of attributes in the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Vienna".  

Since 2020 it is forbidden to climb the Borobudur Temple. As the LVA serves scientific research, we have a special permit and the unique opportunity to visit the temple in the small group of the LVA.

Teaching methods

Theoretical introduction within the module

Guidance on practical work on site

Group discussions

Exchange with experts on site

Mode of examination


Additional information

Participation in the module "Cultural Spaces" is compulsory!

Preliminary meeting module Cultural Spaces:

01.03.202: 09.00 

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Attention: Register exclusively under 251.910 Module Cultural Spaces! 
if selected, the registration will be done by the course supervisors.

The module dates take place every Wednesday from 09:00 - 14:00. 

The core time of the excursion is the Easter holidays (02.04.2023 - 16.04.2023).


- Accommodation and meals in Borobudur/Yogyakarta per week approx. € 200,-.
- Flight costs: +/- € 1,000 
- further to be considered: Costs for visa (25 €) and vaccinations (if required-these are not mandatory). 

If you are interested, you can contact Ulrike Herbig during the holidays for details: herbig@tuwien.ac.at



Examination modalities

- Participation and collaboration in the preparation meetings
- Active participation on site
- Follow-up and summary of the project results within the framework of the module

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
27.01.2023 20:00 02.04.2023 20:00 02.05.2023 20:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Travel experience in non-European countries is a prerequisite!

Those interested can attend the Indonesian language courses at the University of Vienna free of charge (credits are still under discussion).

Accompanying courses


  • Attendance Required!