280.535 Concepts and critique of the production of space
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  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2.0
  • ECTS: 4.0
  • Typ: SE Seminar


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...students are able to access, analyse and interprete scholarly texts (book chapters, journal articles) in the fields of urban studies and planning theory, distill key concepts and findings from these sources, and engage in a theory-based and empirically-informed debate on contemporary processes of urbanization.

This seminar course aims to introduce students to already established bodies of knowledge in the fields of urban studies and planning theory, aiming at discussing their implications for new urban public space and urban practices that foster youth integration. In the context of the module’s wider agenda of urban productivity, this course aims to deepen engagement with a range of critical theories through which both the problematics of urban productivity, labour and inclusion can be examined. The seminar units aim to elaborate on complex issues of urban change by exploring the theoretical and empirical dimensions of productivity in relation to the urban realm. The course thus offers an opportunity to think through what the political consequences of such theoretical insights and framings are for praxis, and how praxis, vice versa, can inform theory building, particularly in and for the fields of architecture, planning and urban design. 

Students will be asked to volunteer for running a seminar session in pairs of two. Within the session, they will present and discuss contents of two paper sources to the overall group, upload their presentation pdf’s the day before on TUWEL and also moderate the debate. We encourage students to choose an interactive seminar format (bingo, mentimeter, performative, theatre or role play, smaller group debates, and other) that speaks to their subject of debate. The seminar will also benefit from preparing texts associated to three guest lecture inputs in November and discussing the inputs and associated readings in a smaller group, thereby bridging between written texts, live performances and potential personal encounters with acknowledged urban researchers.

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung

***This course will be offered by Visiting Professor in Urban Studies 2020, Dr. Kim Trogal, by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein and by University Assistant Angelika Gabauer, MA***

By bringing together different sets of the thematic readings across disciplines and themes the course covers different theoretical approaches to enable critiques of urban productivity, labour and youth inclusion. The seminars series covers the following units and readings (see list below).

After students have been volunteering for topics in groups of two or three (depending on number of participants) already during the obligatory module kick-off/doodle registration for course topics (2nd October 08:30am, Seminar room 3/4), this first seminar unit serves as an introduction to the seminar work and an explanation about the team-based dialogical way to organize a seminar in a different format. Each group will choose a seminar unit topic and prepare a 15minutes visual presentation and a position paper (max. 1 page, containing core thesis of the texts and a positioned comment by the students) on selected texts, resulting in three questions for further discussion. While students have already started to snooze into these documents before this seminar kick-off meeting, instructors will offer help and supportive questions to those groups that will present in one of the next units (last 15minutes of each seminar unit will be reserved for the groups presenting on one of the next days to briefly talk through their ideas and questions with the respective teaching team supervisor). Additionally, each pair of volunteers also registers to give text-based feedback to another group of presenters, thus getting into a mode of training constructive scholarly feedback and debate.

Themes of the seminar, therefore, will include:

Introduction: Space, Youth and Labour Markets in Contemporary Processes of Urbanization


  • Cottam, H., 2018. ‘Experiment 3: Good Work’ in Radical Help: How we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the welfare state. London: Virago. Pp.107-137
  • Maharawal, M (2017) San Francisco’s Tech-led Gentrification: Public Space, Protest, and the Urban Commons. In: Hou, J. and Knierbein, S. (Eds.) City Unsilenced. Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy. London/New York: Routledge. Pp. 30-43.
  • Greta Thunberg (2018) School strike for climate - save the world by changing the rules, TEDx Talks, Stockholm, video online available https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=88&v=EAmmUIEsN9A. 


Seminar Unit 1: Labour and the social (re)production of space

This unit connects to lecture unit 1 on the social reproduction of space. The selected texts will offer an introductory debate into how the lens of social reproduction might change how we understand the contemporary city. It introduces the concepts of the ‘crisis of care’ and Gibson-Graham’s concept of ‘diverse economies’ (2006), both problematizing the issue of care and proposing new means to recognize care and social reproduction.  The seminar will explore how the lens of care and  ‘social reproduction’ might change how we perceive and value different neighborhoods, places or activities? Does it change how we understand the relationship of a place and work?


  • Fraser, N., 2016. ‘Contradictions of capital and care’. New left review 100: 99-117.
  • Gibson-Graham, J.K., 2006. Chapter 3 ‘Constructing a language of economic diversity’, in A postcapitalist politics. University of Minnesota Press. PP. 53-78.

Seminar Unit 2: Public Space, Youth and Planning as Governmentality

This unit connects to the lecture unit 2 on urban restructuring, public space and the contemporary city. It will offer an introduction into different lenses of how planning can be understood as a form of governmentality when focusing on its genealogy. From such an understanding, we can further ask if planning is also a form of the (self)management of the population or a ‘conduct-of-conduct’ which renders certain individuals as distinct subjects, how planning currently renders young people and youth as part of the population. 


  • Litscher, M (2014). Urban Public Spaces in Switzerland. ‚Betwixt‘ and ‚Between‘ Performance and Competence. In: Madanipour, A, Knierbein, S and Degros, A (eds) Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe. New York/ London. Routledge.
  • Huxley, Margo (2002) Governmentality, Gender, Planning: A Foucauldian Perspective. In: Allmendinger, P and Twedwr-Jones, M (eds) Planning Futures. New Directions for Planning Theory. Pp.136-154. 

Seminar Unit 3: Austerity urbanism and urban life

This unit is linked to lecture unit 3 and focuses on impacts of austerity policies on the lives of urban residents. Via the texts, the seminar will introduce concepts of ‘austerity urbanism’ (Tonkiss, 2013) and continue with the perspective of ‘diverse economies’ (Gibson-Graham, 2006) to enable critical interpretations of participatory urban projects and their capacity to support skills building. 


  • Tonkiss, F., 2013. Austerity urbanism and the makeshift city. City, 17(3), pp.312-324
  • Udall, J. and Holder, A., 2013. ‘”The diverse economies” of Participation.’ Footprint, pp.63-80.


Seminar Unit 4: Public space and Classificatory Struggles

While rising urban inequality has characterized European Cities since the 1970s already, urban scholarship has dealt in different ways with developing analytical tools to unravel patterns of uneven spatial development and social inequality. While class-analysis has been criticized in the course of a growing individualist reorganization of (not exclusively) Western capitalist societies (e.g. Beck), more recent contributions from cultural sociology have reinstated class analysis and linked it back to the scholarship of (urban) inequality. On the other side, public space researchers have problematized the notion of public space by shedding light on different interest, actors and agencies involved in the social (re)production of public space. The seminar will dive into these debates and identify connecting threats.


  • Madanipour, A. (ed.) 2010. Whose public space? Oxon: Routledge [pp 1-15]
  • Tyler, Imogen (2015) Classificatory struggles: class, culture and inequality in neoliberal times. The Sociological Review. Vol. 63, Issue 2, Pp. 493-511.

Seminar Unit 5: Working for the Urban Commons?

This unit connects to lecture unit 3, on the urban commons and the production of social wealth. Here the seminar sets out to explore some of the implications of understanding the city and commons, looking at different forms of socio-spatial organization. What does it take, in terms of work, resources, energies, policies to create urban commons and what does it take to sustain them? How does it relate to experiences and projects in Vienna?


  • De Angelis, M. and S. Stavrides (2010) ‘On the commons: A public interview with Massimo De Angelis and Stavros Stavrides’, An Architektur 23: 4-27
  • Huron, A., 2015. ‘Working with strangers in saturated space: Reclaiming and maintaining the urban commons.’ Antipode, 47(4), pp.963-979.

Seminar Unit 6: Care(full) Community Economies and The Praxis of Being-in-Common.

This seminar unit connects to the guest lecture by Dr. Katharine McKinnon (La Trobe University, Australia).


  • McKinnon, K. Dombroski, K. and Morrow, O. (2018) ‘The Diverse Economy: Feminism, Capitalocentrism, and Postcapitalist Futures’ in Elias, J. and Roberts, A. (eds) The Handbook of Gender and International Political Economy, Edward Elgar.
  • Dombroski, K.; S. Healy; and K. McKinnon. (2019), Care-full Community Economies, In Feminist Political Ecology and Economies of Care, ed. W. Harcourt and C. Bauhardt, 99-115. London: Routledge. 

Seminar Unit 7: Critical Reflections on Care

This seminar unit connects to the guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Ali Madanipour (Newcastle University upon Tyne, UK).

Seminar Unit 8: Designing for (in)equality

This seminar unit connects to the guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Fran Tonkiss (LSE, UK).


  • Tonkiss, F. (2017) ‘Urban economies and spatial inequalities’, in S. Hall and R. Burdett (eds) The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City. London: Sage. pp. 187-200
  • Tonkiss, F. (2019) ‘Comparative urbanism: design in translation’, in T. Banerjee and A. Loukaitou-Sideris (eds) The New Companion to Urban Design. New York: Routledge. pp. 15-27. 

Seminar Unit 9: Post Work Cities and Public Space

This seminar unit links to lecture 9 onpost-work scenarios and how they intersect with issues of youth unemployment and training. We will consider the implications of these scenarios and open up disucssions on how these trends relate to, and intersect with contemporary cities. What might the role of public space and urban projects be in such scenarios?


  • Huws, U. 2019. ‘Introduction’, Labour in Contemporary Capitalism: What Next? Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 1-14.
  • Precarious Workers Brigade, 2017. Training for exploitation. Pp.4-18 


Seminar Unit 10: Open Seminar Unit

For this seminar unit, students can issue their thematic preferences by 30th November 2019 via email to Sabine Knierbein out of a range of topics discussed before. This unit allows students to discuss what they have learned so far, reflect on the democratic quality of group and plenary debates and understand how concepts and critique of urban development in urban studies are linked to concrete spatial and urban development phenomena. We may also discuss some case studies that exemplify theoretical approaches taught during ITB 1 and 2. In case this is of interest to the students, we might combine this lecture with a walk on site (e.g. Sonnwendquartier, or other).


  • To be defined in December 2019 according to the students stated preferences.

Seminar Unit 11: Degrowth or Post Growth Urbanism?

This seminar connects to lecture units 7 and  11, to discuss what the implications of degrowth and post-growth agendas might be for urbanism and what opportunities they might afford in post-work contexts. What are the implications of degrowth for the ‘future of work’ and what kind of urban spaces are needed?


Seminar Unit 12: Resistance, Work and Public Space

Several forms of protest and resistance in public space have related to work conditions and have also shaped new forms of solidary work engagement. This unit will discuss two different case studies from Vienna and from Buenos Aires. 


  • Knierbein, S and Gabauer, A (2017) Worlded Resistance as ‘Alter Politics’. Train of Hope and the Protest Against the Akademikerball in Vienna. IN: Hou, Jeff and Knierbein, Sabine (eds) City Unsilenced. Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy. New York/London. Routledge. Pp. 214-228.
  • Vidosa, Regina and Rosa, Paula (2018) Emancipatory Practices of Self-Organized Workers in the Context of Neoliberal Policies: IMPA, the case of “recovered factory” in Buenos Aires. IN: Knierbein, Sabine and Viderman, Tihomir (eds) Public Space Unbound. Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition. New York/London. Routledge. Pp. 225-239.

Seminar Unit 13: Summary: Space, Youth and Labour Markets in Contemporary Processes of Urbanization [Closing unit]

In this unit we will retrospectively summarize the seminar series and its units, establish connections between different teaching inputs and clarify remaining questions. The unit also offers space to pose questions as regards the assessment procedures. 


Through selected readings and encounters with international scholars in the field of urban studies and planning theory, students will learn about authors' research methods and their particular take on spatial analysis. Empirical case study readings will be combined with more theoretical paper sources in order to allow debates touching on both universal and more particular issues in urban studies. Seminars are intended to be student-led, facilitating the development of communication and pedagogical skills?


Schriftlich und Mündlich

Weitere Informationen

This seminar "Concepts and critique of the production of space” is part of the module 11 "Urban culture, public space" (consisting of three courses, VO 280.534, SE 280.535 and UE 280.536) which is offered during three intensive teaching weeks (ITB) by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (http://skuor.tuwien.ac.at). Module 11 compiles a set of integrated courses dealing with lived space at the interface of the fields of urban studies, urban design and urban planning. In 2019, the main focus will be on "Urban Productivity: New Public Space, Youth Integration and Labour Market Access”. The courses mainly address master students (late bachelor or early doctoral students), especially from planning and architecture are invited to take part. Yet we explicitly welcome students coming from other Viennese universities in related disciplines, such as urban studies, urban design, geography, sociology, political science, landscape architecture, cultural studies, etc. as well as 'Mitbeleger'.  The course language is English. We support students active participation in debates and interactive teaching formats, and encourage you to bring in and develop your own ideas and critical perspectives. We seek to create an international level of debate and exchange and welcome students from all countries and cultures. Just contact us (info@skuor.tuwien.ac.at).

Students interested in this course are highly recommended to take part in the seminar (TISS No 280.535) and the exercise (TISS No 280.536).


To take part in all three courses of the module 11 please register for module 11 until 2nd October 2019 (11:59 pm) via TISS registration for the course, VO 280.534. Further course registration will be carried out directly at the kick-off meeting on 3rd of October, 08:30am (Seminar room 3/4) in Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor.


Dates of the Module 11

The main body of teaching will be delivered during three intensive teaching blocks (ITB):

-        ITB 1 – 21st to 25th October 2019

-        ITB 2 –  18th to 26th November 2019 (including free conference visit for guest lectures)

-        ITB 3 – 20th to 24th January 2020

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LVA Termine

Do.08:30 - 11:0003.10.2019Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 0 – Kick Off
Di.11:00 - 13:0022.10.2019Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Unit 1
Mi.11:00 - 13:0023.10.2019Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 2
Do.11:00 - 13:0024.10.2019Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 3
Mo.11:00 - 13:0018.11.2019Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 4
Di.11:00 - 13:0019.11.2019Seminarraum BA 08B Unit 5
Mo.09:00 - 11:0025.11.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 6
Mo.11:00 - 13:0025.11.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 7
Di.09:00 - 11:0026.11.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 8
Di.13:00 - 15:0026.11.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Unit 9
Mo.11:00 - 13:0020.01.2020Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 10
Di.11:00 - 13:0021.01.2020Seminarraum BA 02A Unit 11
Mi.11:00 - 13:0022.01.2020Seminarraum 3/4 Unit 12
Mi.13:00 - 15:0022.01.2020 Seminar room 3/4Unit 13 Closing
Fr.13:00 - 15:0024.01.2020 Seminar room 3/4Module Closing
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The evaluation of the course will be based upon the following activities:

  • 40% oral presentation of texts, including prepared questions for discussion and moderation of seminar unit
  • 30% position paper (Thesenpapier) that summarizes the lines of argument, theses and conclusions of the presented texts in a brief but structured way, and that presents a well-reasoned own position towards the unit's theme (open format: text, poster, map, movie, blog, poem...)
  • 30% participation in overall discussions including constructive feedback to one chosen group


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