251.825 BUILDING SURVEY - documentation of architecture with digital media
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, UE, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: UE Exercise

Learning outcomes

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

  • to grasp the significance of world heritage.
  • to reproduce the history of the World Heritage List.
  • To derive the impact of World Heritage management plans on the design and construction of existing structures.
  • Determine the attributes of exceptional universal value.
  • to document and present these attributes with different digital media.

Subject of course


The topics of this semester are:

Topic 1) World Heritage Sites in Austria

In 1972, UNESCO ratified the World Heritage Convention  with 193 states to create an instrument for the protection of the cultural and natural heritage of the world.

Currently there are 9 sites in Austria that have been recognized as sites of outstanding universal value. Each state that hosts a World Heritage Site committed themselves to obtain this universal value through legal framework conditions.

In many cases, this means a challenge for architecture and planning, as it could be observed in the controversial discussion concerning the Hotel at Heumarkt in Vienna in recent years.

Within this course there is the possibility to with questions of architecture and / or planning in one of the World Heritage Sites in Austria using a film documentary.

Topic 2) Architecture of the 20th century in Lower Austria

Friedrich Achleitner has begun a comprehensive work with his volumes “Österreichische Architektur im 20. Jahrhundert“, which clearly summarizes the built fabric in Austria from the last century. Achleitner was able to compile volumes in his active time  consisting 8 of the 9 federal states of Austria.

The data for Lower Austria has been collected, but so far not prepared accordingly. Within the frame of a joint  project in cooperation with Mag. Dietmar Steiner, the Architekturzentrum Wien and the Stiftung Morgen, the archive will be analysed and prepared according Friedrich Achleitner’s ideas.

Accompanying the project, students can approach the topic with the medium of film. Possible topics range fro the documentation of described objects, the accompaniment of the project or a portrait of Friedrich Achleitner.

>>>> Preliminary discussion: Monday 01.10.2018 11:00 in the seminar room 251 stairs 3, 3rd floor

Within the framework of the LVA, an intensive FILMIC examination of the subject can be carried out on the basis of a freely chosen object or place.

The projects are divided into a theoretical and a practical part.

This LVA refers to the research work and the writing of a short-documentation treament.

The practical discussion takes place in the LVA Recording and Presentation of Architecture 251.169.

>>>> Introduction: Thursday 03.10.2019 Seminar room 251 Stiege 3, 3. Stock 

Within the framework of the LVA, an intensive FILMICAL discussion can be carried out on the basis of a freely chosen object or place.

The projects are divided into a theoretical and a practical part.

This LVA refers to the research of background material and the preparation of treatment for a short documentary film.

The practical preparation of the film  is done in the  LVA 251169 Recording and presentation of architecture.

Teaching methods

Theoretical introduction to the theme of World Heritage

  • What is the exceptional universal heritage
  • How to Certify the Attributes of Exceptional Universal Values (Workshop)

Practical Part:

  • Introduction to camera handling
  • Introduction to Preproduction
    • story
    • treatment
    • shot list
  • Introduction to production
    • scene selection
    • interviews
    • sound
  • Introduction to postproduction
    • editing
    • editing software

Discussion of intermediate steps in the group


Mode of examination


Additional information

Course is combined with the course  251.169 VU Recording and presentation of architecture .

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



Examination modalities

Written: Submission of a treatment for the film 8 pages

  • background
  • Description of the project
  • target
  • target audience
  • Description of the individual scenes
  • visual design

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture


No lecture notes are available.

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