260.675 Seminar The "feral" edge - informal urban development in Vienna and Europe
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, SE, 3.5h, 5.0EC
Quinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 3.5
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to use the following methods:

- scientific working methods

- methods of urban analysis

- Stadtlektüre (= the art of making the urban and rural speak)


Weekly Feedback: Tuesday afternoon 16-19h - exact schedule to follow!
Symposium “Wien Informell”: May 16th 17-21h

Subject of course

Abb. li.: Wilde Siedlung im 22. Bezirk, Wien 1968 © WStLA
Abb. re.: Informelle Siedlung Kaludjerica bei Belgrad, 2010 © Dubravka Sekuli

Vienna, a city of slums and "wild" settlements? Europe, a continent marked by bottom-up urbanism? Cooperating with the current research project "Wien Informell – Informelle Stadtproduktion 1945–1992", the seminar is dedicated to the often neglected history of "wild" fringe zones throughout Europe, the unplanned urbanization in the 20th century and its traces that still exist in many places today.

Where and how did/does informal production of urban space take place? How do these developments and their impact on urban form differ between Vienna and e.g. Paris, Hamburg, Belgrade or Madrid? How did the settlements develop spatially, socially and legally? Why was the fringe zone formalized or cleared? In city walks, urban analyses, literature research and through texts and maps we will follow the wild settlers’ traces.

The concluding symposium of the research project "Wien Informell" (16.5.) is an essential part of the seminar. Among others, the Spanish scholar Noel Manzano Gómez will develop a comparative perspective on informal urban development in Europe in his lecture („The Reverse of Urban Planning“ – PDF).


Teaching methods

Introduction and learning of the basics of scientific work (methodology, scientific writing, citing, publishing, ...)

Mode of examination


Additional information

Forschungsprojekt Wien Informell (2021): http://www.städtebau.at/forschung/projekte_plattformen/wien-informell/

AzW Symposium “Bretteldorf Revisited” (2018): https://www.azw.at/de/termin/bretteldorf-revisited/

dérive (2018): http://www.derive.at/index.php?p_case=1&issue_No=71

dérive „Der instabile Rand“ (2023): https://derive.at/texte/der-instabile-rand/

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



Course dates

Tue16:00 - 19:0007.03.2023 - 27.06.2023Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Mon11:00 - 13:0020.03.2023HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Vortrag
Wed14:00 - 17:0017.05.2023 Stadterkundung "Wilder" Rand Wien (gem. mit Noel Manzano)
Mon00:00 - 00:0031.07.2023 Abgabe Seminararbeit
Seminar The "feral" edge - informal urban development in Vienna and Europe - Single appointments
Tue07.03.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Tue14.03.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Mon20.03.202311:00 - 13:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Vortrag
Tue28.03.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar (Themenvergabe)
Tue18.04.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Tue25.04.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Tue09.05.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Tue16.05.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 17:00-21:00
Wed17.05.202314:00 - 17:00 Stadterkundung "Wilder" Rand Wien (gem. mit Noel Manzano)
Tue23.05.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Zwischenpräsentation
Tue13.06.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Tue27.06.202316:00 - 19:00Seminarraum 8 Abschlussplenum
Mon31.07.202300:00 - 00:00 Abgabe Seminararbeit

Examination modalities

regular active participation (attendance is required!)

short presentation of the work in our plenum

writing of a seminar paper


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Wahlseminare13.02.2023 09:0016.02.2023 23:59


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


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

German spoken and written at university level, English.

As we will venture into international scholarly literature we definetly welcome other laguage abilities (French, Croatian and Serbian, Spanish etc.)!