264.179 open artistic concept and practice - urban matters
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2018W, VU, 2.0h, 2.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Aim of course

Researching projects for www.urban-matters.org
- an international web database for artistic-urbanistic projects and methods of a socially oriented urban planning

The knowledge of innovative artistic-urbanistic strategies and current urbanistic issues (see critical spatial practice) and tasks will be discussed, together with exploring how the role of these innovative strategies can be implemented as new methods for urban planning.

Subject of course

Urban-matters.org is an international web database which Barbara Holub installed in the frame of her research project " Planinng Unplanned" (see the publication: Planning Unplanned. Can Art Have a Function? Towards a New Function of Art in Society", eds. Christine Hohenbüchler/ Barbara Holub, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2015).

Urban-matters.org offers a growing survey of (public)art projects, organizations and institutions of diverse cultural and geo-political backgrounds worldwide for locating and connecting urgent urban issues and discussing innovative urbanistic-artistic approaches, tools and methods at the intersection of art, urban planning, critical political involvement and theory engaged in urban issues on a longer term perspective for urban planning, addressing the following questions:

How can we develop new visions for urban and regional matters and introduce new social and societal values as intrinsic aspect for urban development? Which role can art and artistic strategies play in the context of urban issues and urban development? How can art maintain its autonomy within processes of urban planning? How can urban practitioners in their transdisciplinary roles achieve a position recognized as equal to other experts engaged in urban planning? Which conditions are needed to install new tools and strategies for urban planning?

The goal of urban-matters.org is not only to provide an overview of the manifold projects and initiatives engaged in developing new methods, but to learn from other contexts. Therefore extracting the tools, strategies and issues of the projects and their various contexts is a major component to turn the database into an eminent ressource for urban practitioners, urban planning departments, (community) organizations and residents.

In the seminar the students will research relevant projects worldwide, as well as texts/ publications related to the topic, and will develop ideas for communicating urban-matters.org to the international community.

The students will thus not only actively contribute to urban-matters.org, but will have the opportunity to connect to international innovative artistic-urbanistic practices and grow their professional network.

Additional information

In this blocked seminar the first date (introduction) is compulsory, but the other dates for the meetings will be coordinated individually according to the progress of research.

Students from various cultural backgrounds are especially invited to make use of their mother tongues for researching projects in other countries.Do, 25.10.2018, 14-16:00   Einführung zu www.urban-matters.org

Do, 25.10.2018, 14-16:00   Introduction to www.urban-matters.org
Do, 08.11.2018, 14-17:00   Intensive research of projects, texts, tools and strategies
Do, 06.12.2018, 14-17:00   Discussion of the researched projects and texts; selection > contacting the authors of the projects
Do, 10.01.2019, 14-17:00   collecting information by the authors, preparing texts for website
Do, 24.01.2019, 14-17:00   publishing on www.urban-matters.org

LOCATION: Seminarraum 264/1 (oder Seminarraum daneben), Karlsgasse 13



Course dates

Thu14:00 - 16:0025.10.2018Seminarraum 268/2 urban matters
Thu14:00 - 17:0008.11.2018Seminarraum 268/2 urban matters
Thu14:00 - 17:0006.12.2018Seminarraum 268/2 urban matters
Thu14:00 - 17:0010.01.2019Seminarraum 268/2 urban matters
Thu14:00 - 17:0024.01.2019Seminarraum 268/2 urban matters
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Researching projects for urban-matters.org

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2018 00:00 21.10.2018 23:59

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
offene künstlerische Konzepte und Praktiken WS201715.11.2018 08:0016.11.2018 17:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

interest in research - and possibly - knowledge on artistic-urbanistic projects related to innovative planning strategies in the international context;

The publication "Planning Unplanned" is available at the Institute for Art and Design 1 and can be downloaded here.



if required in English