251.907 Introduction into Interdisciplinary Research in 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.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


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

Learning outcomes

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

  • To plan in-depth research about a specific topic.
  • Defining the framework for necessary documentation and research based on a research question.
  • Conduct an independent research

Subject of course

This is a core course of the Modul Cultural Spaces

Soon, architects will be confronted increasingly with the cultural heritage of individual regions. Across the world, the call for identity is intensifying. Generally, architects will be confronted with building and planning in the existing environment and the related factors. Particularly for UNESCO World Heritage Sites a framework for dealing with the values of sites is described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in which experts have dealt with the value of the existing built environment in detail. The course aims to explain the attempt to deal with the existing structures, which can facilitate a goal-oriented approach in the future.   

This semester the course will take up upon the unique chance to analyse the "Outstanding Universal Value" of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Historic Centre of Vienna (year of inscription 2001) and the Borobudur Temple Compounds, Java, Indonesia (year of inscription 1991) by defining their attributes. Attributes are detailed descriptions of the "Outstanding Universal Value" of the sites and are important for managing and developing the sites. 

The introduction lectures will target the different approaches to defining and mapping attributes of sites in general, and for the sites of Vienna and Borobudur, in particular. The course will start with an overview on history, culture and architecture in Indonesia and Austria, followed by an introduction to the World Heritage Convention. In the practical part of the course students will study nomination files of mentioned World Heritage Sites and will be guided to a comparison of the state of the sites at the time of inscription to the current state and analyse if the development is according to the outline of the description of the outstanding universal value. 

The result is a folder in which neuralgic points are shown on city maps and furthermore single, selected objects, which were built after the nomination, are analysed for their compatibility with the framework in the nomination file. For this purpose, image research (from the Internet and on site), as well as media reports and scientific articles will be used. 

>>>> Introduction: 01.03.2023 09:00am

>>>>>Online: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/95474444385?pwd=R0hLYml2RytuK1pkT0V5YmgwQ0NGZz09

Teaching methods

  • Introduction to the culture, art and architecture of the Ausseerland.
  • introduction to the ideas of the existing townscape protection concept of bad Aussee
  • Introduction to comparative research and analysis
  • Practical exercises
  • Introduction to scientific writing
  • Supervision in writing a paper as it could be presented at a conference.

Mode of examination




Examination modalities

Compilation of research results on a specific topic

Conference-ready paper 10-12 pages, 

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Requirements: At least one completed seminar or another theoretical work and basic experience in research

Continuative courses