280.277 Planning and development in agglomerations
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, SE, 1.5h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: SE Seminar

Learning outcomes

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

  • Engage with theories on forms of urban-regional and metropolitan development in the global (North-South) context

  • Understand how cities cope with challenges of sustainability and resilience triggered by urban growth from a global perspective

  • Discuss planning strategies for managing urban growth in highly urbanized regions

  • Discuss forms of sustainable and resilient development for metropoles from a multiscalar perspective

Subject of course

  • Readings and discussions on current issues and strategic approaches to resilient and sustainable development in highly urbanized regions

  • Substantiated analysis of empirical case study cities/metropoles from different continents and corresponding challenges derived from urban expansion and agglomeration

  • Critical reflection on planning strategies of highly urbanized regions in terms of coping with global and local challenges

Teaching methods

discussions, group meetings, presentations

Mode of examination


Additional information

This seminar will be held in English, the use of German is only permitted where necessary.
All information and assignments can be found on TUWEL.

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



Course dates

Wed09:00 - 11:0004.03.2020 Seminar room 268/1 ("Alte WU" Augasse 2-6/Area A/ 2nd floor, 1090 Vienna)280.017: International urban- and regional development - Kick-Off
Wed09:00 - 11:0011.03.2020Seminarraum 268/1 Kick-Off
Wed09:00 - 11:0006.05.2020 Distance-Learning (siehe TUWEL)Virtual Workshop I
Wed09:00 - 11:0013.05.2020 Distance-Learning (siehe TUWEL)Virtual Workshop II
Wed09:00 - 11:0010.06.2020 Distance-Learning (siehe TUWEL)Virtual Workshop III
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

20%: Participation and cooperation

  • Attend all 6 sessions
  • Read the mandatory literature independently
  • Participate in discussions in workshops actively
  • Have at least one group meeting with a supervisor
  • Elaborate intermediate results for discussions

25%: writing an abstract according to given guidelines

55%: writing a scientific-based Seminar paper in groups of three

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
28.02.2020 10:00 23.03.2020 23:55 23.03.2020 23:55

Registration modalities:

Please register here, if you've been accepted within the kick-off event.


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


Mandatory readings

  1. Planning cultures: Friedmann, John. 2011. Insurgencies. Essays in Planning. RTPI Library Series. Abington: Routledge.
  2. Sustainable development: Sachs, J.D., 2015. The age of sustainable development. Chapter 1, Introduction to Sustainable Development. Columbia University Press
  3. Urban growth: McGrahanan, Gordon, and George Martine. 2014. ‘Urbanisation and Development: Policy Lessons from the BRICS’ Experience’. In Urban Growth in Emerging Economies. Lessons from the BRICS, edited by Gordon McGrahanan and George Martine, 1–14. Routledge Earthscan. London: Routledge.
  4. Current urban trends and challenges: ‘Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures’. 2016. World Cities Report. UN Habitat. http://wcr.unhabitat.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2016/05/WCR-%20Full-Report-2016.pdf.

Further readings

  • Herod, Andrew. 2011. Scale. Key Ideas in Geography. New York: Routledge.

More specific literature will be supplied as the course progresses


  • Attendance Required!