253.H59 Design Studio "Odd Lots: Vienna/Ljubljana"
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, UE, 12.0h, 15.0EC


  • Semester hours: 12.0
  • Credits: 15.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to form a societally relevant position by developing a archictural project on a real site with a specific programme. This development is based on critical analysis of existing spatial and social requirements and existing qualities.

Subject of course

The seemingly inconsiderate and endless development of real estate is an environmentally dangerous aspect that defies the crises of climate and ground. Seeing each inch of earth as unique and finite, the fabric of each urban context is under pressure of real estate development, a business of large-scale developments that often deny actual context and programme. In this realm, odd lots, as urban residual spaces, are not considered attractive albeit their actual individual potential. Already sealed or constructed upon, odd lots occupy restricted ground yet do not exploit their true and context-specific possibilities. These radically individual residual lots play a vital and subconscious role within the urban fabric by adding a facet of the uncontrolled and hence depth, that require absolute sensitivity in tailored development of programme and typology.

“spaces between places, not out of sight, but out of mind” - Gordon Matta-Clark, Fake Estates 1971-1973

A series of odd lots, situated in Vienna and Ljubljana, have been carefully and meticulously curated to serve as project sites: these sites range from small 20 square meter lots in courtyards, to locked-in sites and existing open structures, each offering unique properties on all terms.

The research of each specific site will lead to the development of an equally specific programme and typology. In reaction to the current influence of the pandemic on the question of living and social infrastructure, the programme on each site will primarily address living in combination with a shared or semi-public programme based upon the site-specific social context.

The in-situ research of these extremely specific sites, ranging from their built environment to the social and programmatic context of each, will form the primary research basis and narrative. Systematic research tasks, workshops and lectures will expand this basis, leading to the development of first typological proposals. By means of design by research through readings, models in different scales, detailed drawings, catalogues and cartographic diagrams, the proposals will be developed in detail to address the question of ground and resource consumption.

To enhance the diverse cultural context, research work and dialogue, the course and excursions are held together with architecture students and teachers of the University of Ljubljana. During excursions in Vienna and Ljubljana, the odd lot project sites will be intrinsically analysed and reference projects visited. All visits and semester presentations will be held together in close exchange between Vienna and Ljubljana.

Teaching methods

Through research and analysis exercises specific properties of existing spaces will be analysed and critically questioned. Subsequently, students will develop individual positions and reactions to the given design subject. Based on these preliminary design principles and by means of various design tools and methods, a concrete architectural proposal will be developed.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Excursion Ljubljana

Start: Thursday, 07.10.2021, 09:00
End: Friday, 08.12.2021, 20:00

Arrival: Mittwoch, 06.10.2021, Nachmittag
Departure: Samstag oder Sonntag, frei wählbar 

Accomodation and travel is organised by students themselves

Cost estimate p.P.

Arrival / departure via ÖBB / Flixbus : ca. € 50,- (Sparschiene)
Accomodation : ca. € 50,- (3 nights Hostel/Airbnb)

A part of the travel expenses will very likely be refunded by the TU Wien.

Excursion Vienna

Start: Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 09:00
End: Wednesday, 13.12.2021, 20:00

ECTS Excursion

By taking part in the excursions, students will receive 2.0 ECTS via LVA 253.H23.


According to the 6. Verordnung COVID-19 Sonderregelungen excursions are allowed if a 3G-rules are complied with. Additionally, a 1-m-distance and wearing a mask (MNS, FFP) are strongly recommended.


During the excursions we will check 3-G in the mornings and oblige all participants to wear a mask indoors.



Course dates

Tue15:00 - 18:0005.10.2021 EI 3 Sahulka HS - RPLKick Off
09:00 - 20:0007.10.2021 - 08.10.2021 Excursion Ljubljana
09:00 - 20:0012.10.2021 - 13.10.2021 Excursion Vienna
Thu10:00 - 18:0021.10.2021 - 20.01.2022Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit
09:00 - 18:0003.11.2021 - 04.11.2021TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop
Fri14:00 - 18:0005.11.2021TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop
Sat09:00 - 18:0006.11.2021TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop
09:00 - 18:0002.12.2021 - 03.12.2021 Midterm Presentation
09:00 - 18:0027.01.2022 - 28.01.2022 Raum wird noch bekanntgegebenFinal Presentation
Design Studio "Odd Lots: Vienna/Ljubljana" - Single appointments
Tue05.10.202115:00 - 18:00 EI 3 Sahulka HS - RPLKick Off
Thu07.10.202109:00 - 20:00 Excursion Ljubljana
Fri08.10.202109:00 - 20:00 Excursion Ljubljana
Tue12.10.202109:00 - 20:00 Excursion Vienna
Wed13.10.202109:00 - 20:00 Excursion Vienna
Thu21.10.202110:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit
Thu28.10.202110:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit
Wed03.11.202109:00 - 18:00TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop
Thu04.11.202109:00 - 18:00TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop
Fri05.11.202114:00 - 18:00TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop
Sat06.11.202109:00 - 18:00TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Workshop
Thu11.11.202110:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit
Thu18.11.202110:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit
Thu25.11.202110:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit
Thu02.12.202109:00 - 18:00 Midterm Presentation
Fri03.12.202109:00 - 18:00 Midterm Presentation
Thu09.12.202110:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit
Thu16.12.202110:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit + Pin-Up
Thu13.01.202210:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit + Pin-Up
Thu20.01.202210:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Desk Crit

Examination modalities



TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Master (10 ECTS / 15 ECTS)13.09.2021 09:0027.09.2021 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


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