253.676 Peer-review Colloquium
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to conduct historical textual research in the context of architecture and planning. students learn basics in various methodological approaches and receive constructive feedback in a group setting....

The colloquium is based on the principle: feedback from peers. The course offers a structured framework for a collegial exchange at eye level and well-founded feedback on scientific work in dissertations and publications. Participants and teachers alternately take on the role of presenters and respondents.

Attention: The course is only offered for doctoral students, interested researchers and advanced master students! The course cannot be attended as part of the Bachelor's program.

Subject of course

Transfer and Housing: Policies, Ecology, Feminist Activism, Prefabrication, and Urban Regeneration

Course Description: This seminar explores the dynamic relationship between the production of housing and key policy shifts during the post-war era and in recent history. Focusing on the themes of ecology, feminist activism, industrialised modes of construction, and urban regeneration students will investigate how the shifts in housing policy, construction modes and activism have (been) inscribed into the material and spatial culture of mass housing and the built environment. Through critical analysis of primary sources and archival documents, case studies, and in-depth discussions, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of how social housing responds to and influences societal changes. The main goal of the seminar is to examine the complex interlinkages between political incentives and activism on the one, and the material and spatial base of housing on the other. Participants can choose from four different topics: feminist activism, ecological activism, welfare-state housing policies and incentives for prefabrication and standardisation.

Course Schedule and Topics:
Session 1:

Introduction to the Notions of Transfer

  • Overview of the course
  • Understanding the concept of transfer (history, political science, architecture)
  • Theoretical frameworks for analyzing transfer in the domain of the material and space

Housing Policy Analysis & Exploration of Activism

  • Methods for analyzing the impact of housing policies on residential architecture
  • Understanding activism (ecology, feminism, urban renewal)
  • Group discussion and analysis of selected housing policies

Sessions 2 and 3: Preliminary analysis of different topics

Topic 1: Ecology and Housing

  • Historical and contemporary context of ecology in housing
  • Case studies of sustainable architectural practices
  • How policies and environmental consciousness influence residential design

Topic 2: Feminist Approaches to Housing

  • Women and housing: A historical and contemporary perspective
  • Examining feminist housing theories and practices
  • The role of feminist activism in shaping housing policies

Topic 3: Industrialised Modes of Construction and Standardisation

  • Historical development of prefabrication, incentives for standardization
  • Case studies of prefabricated housing
  • The impact of industrialization and policy support on prefabrication and standardisation

Topic 4: Urban Regeneration and Housing Transformation

  • Housing renewal projects: historical and current principles
  • The relationship between urban policy and housing regeneration
  • Contemporary examples of urban regeneration and the implications for housing policies (i.e. affordability versus sustainability)

Intersections: Sustainability, Feminism, Prefabrication, and Urban Regeneration: Intersections

  • Exploring the intersections of sustainability, feminism, prefabrication, and urban regeneration in housing policies and in the design of the material and spatial domains
  • Case studies showcasing multi-dimensional influences
  • Debates on balancing competing objectives

Session 4: Final Project Presentations and Discussion

  • Students present their final research projects
  • In-depth discussions and peer feedback
  • Summarizing the key takeaways from the seminar


Required Readings:

A selection of academic articles, book chapters, and case studies will be provided throughout the course.

Required Sources:

Participants are required to conduct a search for suitable primary sources, policy documents, and archival material including non-textual sources.

Teaching methods

Methods for text analysis and structuring include close reading, mind maps, chapter structures and descriptions.


Mode of examination


Additional information


November 10th 2023 

December 15th 2023

Jänner 12th 2024

Jänner 26th 2024

2.00-5.00 pm

Department of Housing and Design Gußhausstraße 28 (2nd floor)
1040, Wien



Examination modalities

Presentation and response, participating in discussions, create, revise and rewrite an own text

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.08.2023 10:00 06.03.2024 12:00 06.03.2024 12:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 443 Architecture Not specified
600 SOF Transferable Skills - Architektur Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

reading skills, an affinity for scholarly work