251.874 Wahlseminar Case Studies: Architecture as Cultural Discourse
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, SE, 3.5h, 5.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.5
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to write an academic paper and possess basic knowledge of scholarly research. Students will be able to work with literature and gain an understanding of how to formulate a scientific argument. The course topics incudes academic reserach, literature research, interdiszciplinary approaches, and correct use of citation methods.

Subject of course

Cultural Landscape World Heritage Lake Neusiedl / Fertö and the Vernacular Architecture

In this seminar we will focus on the developments and changes in the cultural landscape of the World Heritage region of Lake Neusiedl and its vernacular architecture.  We will explore the building structures connected with the development of villages and agricultural use and analyze how the entire region was shaped by these impulses. We will dedicate ourselves to looking at this rich cultural heritage and identify strategies for reconciling historic structures with contemporary uses. The course includes measuring and documenting architectural details. An exhibition is planned at the end of the semester.

Schedule: the seminar will be held either at TU or  hybrid.7.3. intro March 7, 10:30 a.m Seminar room 251

  • 7.3. Intro 10:30 Uhr
  • 14.3. Intro/ Task 1/ Topics Analyses
  • 21.3. Exkursion optional
  • 28.3. Presentation Task 1/ Start Task 2 
  • 11.4. Feedback
  • 18.4. Feedback
  • 2.5. Intro - building documentation Gudrun
  • 9.5. Measuring
  • 16.5.  Measuring
  • 23.5. Midterm-Presentation (Task 2)
  • 30.5. Measuring
  • 6.6. Analyses Detail
  • 13.6. Preparing Exhibition
  • 20.6. Preparing Exhibition

27.6. Final presentation

Turn in paper until July  30, 2023

Teaching methods

We will take a look at specific examples and anlyse the development from the beginnings til today. Thereby we want to gain an understanding of the impact of educational culture to Austrian cultural heritage. By comparing different strategies how to implement new functions and new concepts for use into the old structures we want to develop various options how to preserve and use the architectural heritage today.

Mode of examination


Additional information

First meeting is Tuesday, March 7, 2023  Seminar room


Deadline seminar paper July 30, 2023

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



Examination modalities

Written paper


TitleApplication beginApplication end
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Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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