251.910 Modul Cultural Spaces
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, VU, 8.0h, 10.0EC


  • Semester hours: 8.0
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

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

  • plan a research project in architecture
  • conduct the necessary research and fieldwork
  • define research questions
  • describe appropriate/applicable methodology,
  • organize a necessary consortium
  • outline a work plan
  • estimate a rough budget
  • Outline funding opportunities
  • "Pitch" a project (present it in a short presentation to potential partners/funders/stakeholders)
  • Summarize research results in scientific articles
  • Present research content
  • Understand and categorize different cultural influences on architecture.
  • derive different aspects of architecture in a different cultural setting.
  • to work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

Subject of course

Architecture is a reflection of people's culture and identity. It is influenced by its environment as well as by the history, culture and needs of the people who design, implement and use it. One of the effects of globalization is that there has been a kind of uniformity in the built environment that has made people forget the past and socio-cultural embeddedness.

Transforming and reproducing historical roots in modern architecture have always been a source of inspiration for architects. To do this, a thorough examination of the existing built environment and the corresponding cultural setting and its history is essential.

The Cultural Spaces module offers students a wide range of opportunities to engage with research in architecture and the socio-cultural context.

In a seminar, students are given access to the study of objects and encouraged to compare them with others in order to understand the differences or parallels between approaches in different cultural spaces. (251.908 SE Comparative Research of Architecture: Cultural Space - Identity - Architecture). A practical course will provide an introduction to interdisciplinary work through hands-on fieldwork. To this end, whenever possible, a topic in a country with a cultural area unfamiliar to most students is offered in order to examine in detail the influence of sociocultural aspects on architecture. (251.907 VU Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research in Architecture).

The thematic courses are accompanied by lectures dealing with research in architecture. One focuses on the presentation of illustrative examples from completed and ongoing projects, while the other explains the methodological approaches to the topic of research. (251.906 VO Application-oriented Methods of Architectural Research) The introduction to scientific work is addressed, the development of ideas into concrete projects is illustrated, and representatives from the field provide an insight into the research funding landscape. (251.909 VO Analysis of Hypotheses and Processes of Applied Research in Architecture).

A new townscape protection concept for Bad Aussee

In cooperation with representatives of the municipality of Bad Aussee, the history of the town, the existing townscape protection concept and the necessity of revising it will be discussed and intensive documentation of the existing situation will be carried out. On the basis of these investigations, ideas for new impulses for the protection of the townscape and at the same time possible further development of the village will be developed.

Teaching methods

Lecture series on research projects | research methodology | scientific work.

Practical exercises on research

Supervision in building survey, urban analysis, and preparation of papers and research outlines.

Mode of examination


Additional information


14.03.2022, 09:00 via Zoom:

Join URL: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/95572275616?pwd=ZlB3Wjk1emd2dXNRVXhnVVNjWk84dz09



Course dates

Mon09:00 - 11:0014.03.2022 Join URL: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/95572275616?pwd=ZlB3Wjk1emd2dXNRVXhnVVNjWk84dz09 (LIVE)Introduction
Mon09:00 - 18:0027.06.2022Seminarraum AE U1 - 4 Final Presentation Modul Cultural Spaces and Mare Vista Cervo Films Filme

Examination modalities

Presentations, oral examinations, results of field research in (digital) portfolios (plans, reports, photo documentation)


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Theoriemodule Master14.02.2022 09:0021.02.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses