257.036 urban monument preservation
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, UE, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to recognise and evaluate historical urban structures using the standards of urban heritage conservation. In addition, students are sensitised to a historically informed approach to established urban structures in planning processes.

Subject of course

In this exercise, students work in groups to analyse the historical development of a selected urban area up to the present day. The aim of the exercise is to produce a descriptive text, a mapping and a catalogue of the selected urban area.
As part of the description, students write a scientific text on the historical development of the area. This is based on literature and archive research. In addition, the current state of the area as an evolved spatial structure is analysed on site according to the assessment criteria of urban monument preservation. The description can also include the perspective of local residents and how they identify with the site under investigation. In addition to the description, the students visualise their assessments of the area in a mapping. Finally, the individual objects and spaces surveyed are recorded and listed in a catalogue.
In the exercise, students learn the basics of scientific work and the fundamentals of urban heritage conservation and its concepts. This also includes dealing with important concepts such as the protection zone, the ensemble and the historic urban landscape.

Focus on Floridsdorf: analyse - evaluate - preserve
Since 1972, the City of Vienna has had the option of designating protection zones in order to protect cityscapes that are considered to be characteristic from structural interventions. In reality, however, the defined protection zones are often subject to high pressure to change, so that the changes in the existing buildings and their effects on the cityscape have to be reassessed time and again. In the exercise, we compare existing surveys with the current state of the protected zones and discuss the resulting cityscape and the possible effects of protection on the development of the existing buildings. In addition, we will use current literature and recent approaches in urban heritage conservation to discuss the extent to which, in addition to aesthetic characteristics, the heterogeneity of the existing building stock must be taken into account at different levels in order to do justice to the development of a complex urban fabric. For example, the social structure, the uses or the inclusion of more recent periods as historically valuable can be relevant.
In the summer semester 2024, we will analyse the topic outlined above using the example of protection zones in Floridsdorf, Vienna's 21st district. Historically, Floridsdorf can be traced back to the amalgamation of several towns into one large municipality. The historic structures of the incorporated villages can still be recognised today in the historic buildings and often coincide with the defined protection zones. Accordingly, these protection zones and their surroundings present themselves as heterogeneous urban spaces that reflect very different periods of Vienna's urban history.


Teaching methods

  • Archive research and source interpretation
  • Independent group work on site
  • Scientific work
  • Mapping

Mode of examination


Additional information

Compulsory attendance. In the event of unexcused absence, places will be allocated to people on the waiting list.

Dates: weekly Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00, SR 257; compulsory attendance! (start 07.03.2024)

The group work of the participants also provides for the independent organisation of the survey on site. Individual dates of the course can take place in Floridsdorf.

  •     Guided tour of the Floridsdorf District Museum on 21.03.
  •     Excursion to the City and Provincial Archives on 25.04.


Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist Teil der Initiative des Jahresthemas 2023/24 „Transformation des Bestands“. Weitere Informationen und die Übersicht aller teilnehmenden LVAs findet ihr unter folgendem Link: https://futurelab.tuwien.ac.at/jahresthema-2023-24



Examination modalities

  • Submission of written interim results on site
  • Submission of a portfolio
  • Presentation of the results

Participants' submissions will be checked using the Turnitin plagiarism software!

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
12.02.2024 10:00 29.02.2024 23:59 07.03.2024 23:59

Registration modalities

Anmeldung erfolgt über die Gruppenanmeldung im TISS.


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Studierende der Architektur12.02.2024 12:0004.03.2024 12:00
Studierende der Raumplanung14.02.2024 12:0028.02.2024 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
600 FW Elective Courses - Architecture Not specified


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