251.916 Elective Seminar
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, 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 document historical building structures on a scientific basis by means of on-site building surveys, analysis of regional comparable objects, literature research in libraries and archives, as well as interviews and discussions with experts. 

Subject of course


The topic of the elective seminar in the summer semester 2022 is the documentation of historical buildings of the rural area, which were translocated from their original sites in the surroundings of the region of Southern Burgenland and combined on the grounds of the open-air museum Ensemble Gerersdorf.

Thus, the topic of this elective seminar touches on one of the central tasks of our institute in teaching and research: the investigation and documentation of building cultures of different periods and different regions in Europe and in the non-European area.

Building culture creates identities; building culture is an essential aspect of the identity of a particular era and a particular region. Building culture is one of the most important factors of belonging and self-confidence of an individual.

In order to understand the meaning of building culture, a general definition of culture in the Duden dictionary may provide information, which defines culture as the "totality of the characteristic intellectual, artistic, formative achievements created by a certain community in a certain area during a certain epoch".

Culture - like building culture - presupposes the existence of tradition. Tradition, however, is by no means to be understood as a static element, but rather in its dynamic development against the background of constantly changing social and technological factors.

However, drastic changes in society and technology can lead to the disappearance of certain types of buildings whose function has been lost. The material loss of such building types causes a gap in historical understanding that cannot be filled unless some of the structural objects in question are preserved and documented.

Awareness of this problem has led to the worldwide relocation of buildings worthy of protection, whose function no longer exists at their location, and their preservation in open-air museums. Of course, such museum preservation is only a stopgap solution, but it appears to be the only possible way to convey historical continuity to posterity.

After the economic upswing since the 1950s, with the revolution of new technologies and the abrupt change of social conditions that accompanied it, many traditional building types in Central Europe suddenly became functionless; historical buildings were demolished without hesitation, especially in rural regions, and replaced by new buildings. To the responsible public cultural offices, the only way to preserve the architectural heritage seemed to be to collect the remaining remains in museum displays. In Austria, renowned open-air museums were established in Styria, Lower Austria, Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia and Burgenland. One of these open-air museums is the Gerersdorf ensemble, founded in 1976, which today comprises 32 objects from the period between the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century. For the most part, these are original buildings, and in some cases they are faithful reproductions of the original.

The concrete task within the scope of the elective seminar is a detailed documentation of the structural objects. The special features of the individual objects are to be examined and presented in comparison with the corresponding regional building types. The methods required for this are building surveys by surveying and photogrammetry of the objects on site in the open-air museum, studies of spatial and constructive characteristics of the individual buildings by comparison with corresponding still existing building types in the region of Southern Burgenland, literature studies on the function and history of the buildings, as well as the preparation in detailed descriptions, plans and CAD representations. 

Teaching methods

  • seminar paper with option for "upgrade" to a theoretical bachelor paper
  • introduction to academic work
  • discussion of methodical working approaches
  • assistance in structuring the chosen topic
  • guidance in dealing with (literature-)research

Mode of examination


Additional information

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



Course dates

Thu18:00 - 20:0010.03.2022Hörsaal 15 Introduction
Thu18:00 - 20:0017.03.2022 - 24.03.2022Hörsaal 15 Introduction to the open air museum Gerersdorf + preparing for the excursion
08:00 - 20:0028.03.2022 - 31.03.2022 in the open airmuseum GerersdorfBuilding survey in the open air museum in Gerersdorf
Thu18:00 - 20:0007.04.2022 - 09.06.2022Hörsaal 15 Revision
Thu18:00 - 20:0030.06.2022Hörsaal 15 Presentation + submission
Elective Seminar - Single appointments
Thu10.03.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Introduction
Thu17.03.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Introduction to the open air museum Gerersdorf + preparing for the excursion
Thu24.03.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Introduction to the open air museum Gerersdorf + preparing for the excursion
Mon28.03.202208:00 - 20:00 in the open airmuseum GerersdorfBuilding survey in the open air museum in Gerersdorf
Tue29.03.202208:00 - 20:00 in the open airmuseum GerersdorfBuilding survey in the open air museum in Gerersdorf
Wed30.03.202208:00 - 20:00 in the open airmuseum GerersdorfBuilding survey in the open air museum in Gerersdorf
Thu31.03.202208:00 - 20:00 in the open airmuseum GerersdorfBuilding survey in the open air museum in Gerersdorf
Thu07.04.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Thu28.04.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Thu05.05.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Thu12.05.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Thu02.06.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Thu09.06.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Revision
Thu30.06.202218:00 - 20:00Hörsaal 15 Presentation + submission

Examination modalities

Seminar paper (according to "Richtlinien zum Verfassen einer Bakkalaureats- bzw. Seminararbeit" of the Institue, to be found at http://baugeschichte.tuwien.ac.at in TISS).

Guideline for length: approx. 30.000 signs

The seminar paper can be "upgraded" to a theoretical bachelor paper (approx. 50.000 signs). Requirements: further work on the paper is conducted within the course "In-Depth-Seminar" (LVA 251.689). The course "Architekturwissenschaften" is compulsary!



TitleApplication beginApplication end
Wahlseminare14.02.2022 09:0021.02.2022 23:59


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


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