260.726 Seminar Three times Sitte
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


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to formulate a research question and discuss it in the form of an independently written (scientifically) sound text.

Adherence to the practices and customs of scientific work should be an integral part of the student's qualification.

Subject of course

The biographies of the three architects Franz (1818-1879) - Camillo (1843-1903) - Siegfried (1876-1945) are characterised by the continuities but especially by the social and cultural-historical ruptures that took place against the backdrop of the so-called "long 19th century" and the first half of the 20th century. The three successive generations worked on architectural, urban planning and theoretical projects, and their traces can be found at different levels throughout Central Europe.
Franz Sitte came from a family with many children in northern Bohemia. He was an important representative of Austrian sacred architecture who also left behind numerous theoretical writings.
The Viennese architect Camillo Sitte (1843-1903) is best known for his work "Der Städte-Bau nach seinen künstlerischen Grundsätzen", published in 1889, in which he criticised contemporary urban planning of the late 19th century with powerful language and images. Since its first edition, the work has been reprinted several times and translated into numerous different languages (en, fr, it, es, gr, ru, jap, ...).
As an architect, Camillo Sitte left behind a manageable oeuvre that developed against a background of traditional historicism. One of the few buildings realised in Vienna is the Mechitarist Church in Neustiftgasse - a classical Gesamtkunstwerk of the second half of the 19th century. To get closer to Sitte's architectural and artistic work, a guided tour will take place in this extraordinary sacred space.
Siegfried Sitte is a rather unfamiliar figure on the local architectural scene today; his main legacy lies in his attempt to improve building legislation in the interwar period. After the unexpected death of his father, Siegfried Sitte was responsible for the continuation of open urban development projects, but he also planned and realised his own designs and thus emancipated himself from his father.

Based on the joint reading of "Städte-Bau", the question will be explored as to why this book in particular had so much influence. Where are the lines of connection between the three generations?
Who are the individual protagonists of the Sitte family of architects and what is their respective background? What influence did the family have on the Austrian architectural landscape and did they leave a lasting mark on it or not?

Teaching methods

- Introduction and learning of the basics of scientific work (methodology, scientific writing, citing, publishing, ...) 
- Critical examination of the theoretical foundations of urban design
- Developing one's own / critical position in dealing with specialist literature
- Introduction to analogue and digital research methods in libraries, archives and the use of databases.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The dates given are subject to possible security measures in the context of the pandemic situation. Rescheduling is therefore possible, please follow LVA-News. 

Guided tour of the archive of the TU Vienna Camillo Sitte estate,
Meeting point: March 9th, 14:00, Stiege 3, 1st Floor

Guided tour National Library 
Modern Library, State Hall (fee required, registration necessary) 
Meeting point: March 23rd, 13:45 Foyer Neue Burg, Heldenplatz – please be in time!

Library MAK 
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Stubenring 5, 
www.MAK.at / www.sammlung.MAK.at  
Meeting point: June, 1st, 13:45 

Guided tour of the archives and the Mechitarist Church
Meeting point: main entrance church, Neustiftgasse 4
Meeting point: to be announced 

Library AzW 
Meeting point: Library entrance (Oktogon) Azw/MQ 
Meeting point: to be announced 

Library University of Applied Arts 
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 1030 Vienna
Meeting point: to be announced 

Library of the Academy of Fine Arts 
Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
Meeting point: to be announced 

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



Course dates

Thu14:00 - 18:0002.03.2023Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu14:00 - 16:0009.03.2023Seminarraum AA 02 – 1 Seminar
Thu14:00 - 18:0016.03.2023 - 29.06.2023Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Seminar Three times Sitte - Single appointments
Thu02.03.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu09.03.202314:00 - 16:00Seminarraum AA 02 – 1 Seminar
Thu16.03.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu23.03.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu30.03.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu20.04.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu27.04.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu04.05.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu11.05.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu25.05.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu01.06.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu22.06.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar
Thu29.06.202314:00 - 18:00Seminarraum 8 Seminar

Examination modalities

Composing a written analysis (=seminar paper): Each participant has to submit a written, methodically impeccable, scientific paper of approx. 20 pages of continuous text. Language of the written work (preferably) German.

The assessment criteria also include active participation in the group meetings, short presentations and text discussions. In particular, however, active participation in the tours offered to libraries and archives: Archive of the TU Wien; ONB; AzW Library; MAK Library; Church and Archive of the Mechitarists Vienna. The corresponding dates will be announced at the beginning of the course - see "Further Informations" for the schedule. 


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

ideally recommended are:
- reading "Urban Planning according to its Artistic Principles" by Camillo Sitte.
- high interest in the historical background of the "long 19th century
- adequate knowledge of written and spoken German
- interest in architecture and architect biographies of historicism