251.739 / City :: Site :: Analysis
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to apply basic scientific methods and concepts of the discipline of History of Architecture, to critically reflect on research opinions and to develop their own research questions.

At the end of the course, students will have gained an overview of the ancient Roman city, its development and transformation over the centuries, with a special focus on the location, spatial disposition and architecture of the residential buildings.

Subject of course



The lecture exercise deals with typologies of residential buildings in antiquity. After a general introduction to the ancient residential architecture of the Mediterranean region, the focus is directed specifically to the buildings of the Roman era. In particular, the insula, domus and villa are examined with their variations in design and internal spatial division. In order to get a better idea of the architectural types, various case studies will be treated as examples.

In the course, the students will each deal with a specific typology and analyse an object of their own choice. Oral presentation and graphical illustrations on various aspects are required.

Teaching methods

Working methods:

  • introductory and impulse lectures 
  • material research in archives and libraries
  • source study and source criticism
  • formulation of a research question, hypothesis formation
  • documenting, writing, sketching

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

This LVA is coupled with LVA "251.778 Excursion on special topics in architecture (winter semester)".

The LVA is offered as a block lecture in LIVE FORMAT during November-December.

Thursdays: 9-12 (ZOOM MEETING)

Anticipated dates:

4.11  11.11  18.11  25.11  2.12  9.12

Attendance Required!

!Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Examination modalities

After an introduction to the building concept of the ancient city and its residential buildings, students will deal individually with a selected topic. A written submission and an oral presentation are required:

1. written submission in publication quality:

  •    abstract
  •    exposé (3-5 pages excluding bibliography and illustrations)
  •    poster with at least 2 different drawing methods (sketches, axonometries, 3D models...)

2. oral presentation of the work: 10 min. presentation + 5 min. discussion

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
04.09.2021 00:00 30.10.2021 23:59 31.10.2021 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture
066 443 Architecture


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