280.605 Field Trips in Public Space
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, PR, 6.0h, 12.0EC


  • Semester hours: 6.0
  • Credits: 12.0
  • Type: PR Project

Learning outcomes

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

formulate an independent question in the given topic area, to communicate it in the form of a research proposal and to explore the field accordingly within the framework of an expedition.

Subject of course

Together with guest lecturer Maren Harnack, we will focus on the public spaces of selected large housing estates of post-war modernism in London, Sheffield, Brussels, Amsterdam, Genoa, Rome, Split and Skopje. In addition to the architectural and urban planning characteristics of these planning areas, the respective housing and land policy developments will also be discussed.

Maren Harnack studied architecture, urban planning and social sciences in Stuttgart, Delft and London. In 2010, she completed her doctorate (supervised by Michael Koch and Martina Löw) with the paper Rückkehr der Wohnmaschinen. Sozialer Wohnungsbau und Gentrifizierung in London (transcript Verlag, 2012). Since 2011 she works as a professor for urban development at the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main. Her research focuses on social housing, modernist urban development and the image change of buildings and neighbourhoods. She heads the research laboratory Postwar Modernism - On the Sustainability of Building Culture and Urban Development 1945-1975.

Big Things - Public spaces in housing construction of the 60s and 70s

The settlements of the 1960s and 1970s are the visible testimonies of a welfare state that today seems like a distant utopia. They were planned as fully-fledged environments that would offer their inhabitants not only a healthy but also a socially and culturally satisfying environment. Recent discussions about the qualities of the settlements - possibilities of appropriation, individual lifestyle, social problems and design deficits - largely ignore this and assume that for most of their inhabitants they are now little more than practical sleeping places.

These settlements are characterised by a differentiated offer of open spaces and spaces for the community, which was programmatically justified and pervades the design of the settlements on all levels of scale. While they are often described as "undefined" in the current urban planning discussion and are viewed rather negatively, under increasingly neoliberal market conditions they can be urgently needed places of negotiation and social cohesion, which we unfortunately rarely afford in new settlements.

Teaching methods

Specifically, field trips focus on the scientific preparation, implementation, documentation and evaluation of expeditions (in the sense of discovery or research trips).

Phase 1: Preparation (March-April)

In preparatory workshops, theoretical positions of the topic area are discussed. The relevant questions for the respective expedition goal as well as suitable methods of information acquisition are worked out in small groups and presented in a research proposal. For the realisation of the research trips, future.lab awards scholarships, financed by funds of the city of Vienna.

Phase 2: Expedition (May)

Instead of a joint excursion, the teams will go on a 10 to 14-day exploration tour of the respective settlement independently in May 2020 - observing, conducting conversations, recording and documenting. During the expeditions they will keep a daily blog and report on their observations.

Phase 3: Evaluation (June)

After the expedition, the observations, archive material, field notes and interviews must be evaluated and reflected upon. The collected information should be ordered, reassociated and precisely elaborated in relation to the original research question.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Application and crediting (066 443)

The course is offered in a cross-faculty manner and is aimed at master students of both architecture and spatial planning. Students of architecture can get credit for the course as follows: Module (10 ECTS) + free electives (2 ECTS). ATTENTION: A crediting in the sense of a module including supplementary subjects is not possible!

Registration for the course is done in the form of a letter of motivation by March 1st - maximum one A4 page in which you justify your wish to participate in the field trips. To be sent to jerome.becker@tuwien.ac.at



Course dates

Wed14:00 - 16:0004.03.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienVorbesprechung
Wed14:00 - 19:0011.03.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienTermin 1: Auftakt und thematischer Einstieg
Wed14:00 - 19:0018.03.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienTermin 2: Input Methodik und Radioworkshop
Wed14:00 - 19:0025.03.2020 future.lab Besprechungsraum – Resselgasse 5, 1. StockEinzelkorrektur
Wed14:00 - 19:0001.04.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienTermin 3: Präsentation Expeditionsantrag
Wed14:00 - 19:0022.04.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienWorkshop: Radiofeature
Wed14:00 - 19:0029.04.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienTermin 4: Feedback und Vorbereitung auf Expedition
Wed14:00 - 19:0003.06.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienTermin 5: Besprechung Expeditionsergebnisse
Wed14:00 - 19:0017.06.2020 future.lab Besprechungsraum – Resselgasse 5, 1. StockEinzelkorrektur
Wed14:00 - 19:0024.06.2020 Mobiles Stadtlabor – Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1, 1030 WienTermin 6: Schlusspräsentation

Examination modalities

- preliminary research and research proposal (text, graphics, ...)

- Expedition (field notes, blog entries, sound recordings, ...)

- Synthesis of the expedition (text, graphics, radio feature*, ...)

*An audio recording device is part of the basic equipment of each expedition group. The interviews and sound recordings will be edited into a radio feature and broadcasted in an episode of Apalaver (http://www.apalaver.com/blog_apalaver/) on Radio Orange.

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning 3. Semester


No lecture notes are available.