280.208 Spatial development strategies
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, SE, 1.5h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar

Learning outcomes

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

  • to interpret the concepts "strategy" and "spatial development" reflecting topical problems,
  • to develop spatial concepts and strategies of sustainable spatial development benefiting from concrete spatial research labs and "living labs",
  • to reflect relevant planning approaches and to develop an individual position in close dialogue
  • to assess the theoretical foundations of spatial planning critically

Subject of course


Description of the seminar by Voigt/Wieshofer:

The multifaceted changes affecting our living spaces, such as the predominantly inward focus of settlement development together with changes in mobility, landscape, demography, energy and not least climate, call for clearly structured, integrated strategies and concepts for transformation.

In terms of content, the seminar focuses on:
- Processes & strategies in the spatial context
- Strategic planning

Description of the seminar by Witthöft: Thematic Focus "Housing in the Urban development Politics".

Against the background of changes in governance and planning in the context of postfordist processes of urban restructuring, the seminar mainly concentrates on questioning, how these changes alter political decision-making processes and power structures in housing politics in the urban development. Hence, its focus is on analysing and scrutinizing "housing politics" in the D - A - CH - Region.

Start Group Witthöft: Oct 15th, 9 to 11 am in room Seminarraum 268/1


Objectives, seminar group Giffinger/Zhang:

Topic: Understanding and challenges of sustainable urban and regional development

  • Development of definitions and strategies for sustainable development
  • Reading on questions of spatial development and sustainability as well as analysis of case studies
  • Own analysis and evaluation of empirical challenges and strategies
  • Critical reflection on the importance of sustainability and related strategies

Programme and examination modalities

  • 40% participation (presence, discrete contribution, preparation of interim results for discussion in the plenary session, attendance of at least one meeting appointment)
  • 20% Writing an abstract according to given guidelines
  • 40% Writing a scientifically profound seminar paper as a group of 3
  • Details: see syllabus in "documents"

Kick-Off seminar group Giffinger/Zhang: 10th of October, 12 - 2 pm (SRF library, Augasse 2-6, Area C, 2nd floor)

The Group Giffinger/Zhang will be held in English. The final seminar paper can be written in German or English.


Lehrinhalte Gruppe Getzner: Ecological economics, and the economic concepts in spatial planning

The seminar deals with the concept of ecological economics as a strand (school) of economics building on the limits to growth for analyzing economic problems and questions. Students will acquire an understanding and knowledge about

-       concepts of ecological economics compared to standard (neoclassical) economic theories;

-       limits to economic growth (development);

-       potential trade-offs among the goals of sustainability;

-       the embedding of global ecological problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss in economic theories;

-       linkages between spatial (regional, urban) development and ecological economics.

Potential topics of seminar papers

The seminar has a significantly economic focus:

-       basic concepts of ecological economics;

-       critical focus on spatial development theories and concepts;

-       case studies on material and resource (energy) consumption, economic growth, regional competitiveness and social goals, gray energy imports and regional/national greenhouse gases.

The Getzner seminar group is especially open for international students (taught in English).

Start: Wed. 2 October 2019, 4-5 pm, IFIP seminar room

Teaching methods

  • thematic input via lecture
  • interactive discussions
  • exchange of ideas with colleagues and practicioners
  • teamwork, presentation and critival reflection
  • Seminar paper, presentations, discussions

Mode of examination


Additional information

Diese LVA ist zusammen mit der VU Planungsethik und der VO Raumplanungspolitik Bestandteil des Master Pflichtmodul 2: Raumplanungspolitik und -ethik.


Bitte nur bei einer der 4 Gruppen anmelden!


Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: http://www.tuwien.ac.at/fileadmin/t/ukanzlei/t-ukanzlei-english/Plagiarism.pdf

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: https://www.tuwien.ac.at/fileadmin/t/ukanzlei/t-ukanzlei-english/Plagiarism.pdf
Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: https://www.tuwien.at/fileadmin/Assets/dienstleister/Datenschutz_und_Dokumentenmanagement/Plagiarism.pdf



Examination modalities

comprehensive active participation at workshops and plenum meetings; ownstandig groupwork with corresponding scientific standard

Group dates

Gruppe GetznerWed16:00 - 17:0002.10.2019 IFIP Seminar room, WD01B21280.208 Spatial development strategies: Gruppe Getzner - Introduction to the seminar
Gruppe GetznerWed14:00 - 16:3016.10.2019 IFIP Seminar room, WD01B21280.208 Spatial development strategies Gruppe Getzner - discussion on the literature basis
Gruppe GetznerWed09:00 - 11:3023.10.2019 IFIP Seminar room, WD01B21280.208 Spatial development strategies: Gruppe Getzner - Presentation of research question(s)
Gruppe GetznerWed13:00 - 16:0004.12.2019 IFIP Seminar room, WD01B21280.208 Spatial development strategies: Gruppe Getzner - Presentation of the first draft of the seminar paper
Gruppe GetznerWed09:00 - 12:0022.01.2020 IFIP Seminar room, WD01B21280.208 Spatial development strategies: Gruppe Getzner - final presentation and discussion
Gruppe Giffinger/ZhangThu12:00 - 14:0010.10.2019 SRF Bibliothek (Augasse 2-6, Kern C, 2. Stock)Kick off
Gruppe Giffinger/ZhangThu12:00 - 14:0017.10.2019 SRF Bibliothek (Augasse 2-6, Kern C, 2. Stock)Presentation of research ideas
Gruppe Giffinger/ZhangThu12:00 - 14:0007.11.2019 SRF Bibliothek (Augasse 2-6, Kern C, 2. Stock)Short presentation of the topic of the seminar paper
Gruppe Giffinger/ZhangThu12:00 - 14:0005.12.2019 SRF Bibliothek (Augasse 2-6, Kern C, 2. Stock)Work plenum I
Gruppe Giffinger/ZhangThu12:00 - 14:0016.01.2020 SRF Bibliothek (Augasse 2-6, Kern C, 2. Stock)Work plenum II
Gruppe Voigt/WieshoferMon15:00 - 17:0028.10.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Auftaktvorlesungen, Aufgabenstellung und Gruppeneinteilung (Gruppe Wieshofer, Voigt)
Gruppe Voigt/WieshoferMon15:00 - 17:0018.11.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Präsentation Problemsicht/Positionspapier und Abgabe Positionspapier (Gruppe Wieshofer, Voigt)
Gruppe Voigt/WieshoferMon15:00 - 18:0016.12.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Verpflichtender Feedbacktermin (Gruppe Wieshofer, Voigt)
Gruppe Voigt/WieshoferMon15:00 - 18:0020.01.2020Seminarraum W15 Abschlusspräsentation inkl. Feedback (Gruppe Wieshofer, Voigt)
Gruppe Voigt/WieshoferMon15:00 - 16:0003.02.2020 Abgabe im Sekretariat und digital per eMail/CD RomSpäteste Abgabe des Berichtes und der Plakate (Gruppe Wieshofer, Voigt)
Gruppe WitthöftTue09:00 - 11:0015.10.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Gruppe Witthöft - Kick OFF
Gruppe WitthöftTue09:00 - 11:0022.10.2019Seminarraum 268/2 Gruppe Witthöft
Gruppe WitthöftTue09:00 - 12:3012.11.2019Seminarraum 268/2 Gruppe Witthöft
Gruppe WitthöftTue09:00 - 12:3003.12.2019Seminarraum 268/2 Gruppe Witthöft
Gruppe WitthöftTue09:00 - 12:3021.01.2020Seminarraum 268/2 Gruppe Witthöft

Course registration

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Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Gruppe Getzner31.08.2019 10:0002.10.2019 12:00
Gruppe Giffinger/Zhang23.09.2019 18:0009.10.2019 18:00
Gruppe Voigt/Wieshofer23.09.2019 18:0011.10.2019 18:00
Gruppe Witthöft23.09.2019 18:0007.10.2019 18:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning 1. Semester


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