280.637 Urban foundational economy: Towards sustainable and inclusive urban development
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, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

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

  • Classification of the approach of everyday economics in current scientific debate
  • Recognize and understand connections between everyday economy, social space and urban planning
  • Empirical examination of the everyday economy on the basis of a concrete urban district
  • Scientific examination of the institutional framework conditions and governance of everyday economics in Viennese planning policy
  • Conceptual development of strategies for the promotion of everyday economy in Viennese Planning

Subject of course

Infrastructure planning is one of the most basic tasks of urban planning. Modern metropolises can no longer be imagined without infrastructures, although they are usually not perceived and their indispensable position in our society is often only made visible by supply failures. In order to be able to live well in everyday life, all people depend on infrastructures. This aspect is highlighted by the relatively new economic approach of everyday economics, which focuses on the (economic) activities of everyday infrastructures.

The concept module focuses on the understanding of the everyday economy, the structures and processes of social spaces as well as of constructed spaces. This is the only way to make the embedding of the economy in urban society truly transparent and visible and to achieve integrated and sustainable urban development.

The concept module is dedicated to

  • Understanding the approaches of alternative economies, such as everyday economics, solidarity-based economics, etc., as theoretical constructs,
  • Understanding the connections between everyday economy, social space and spatial planning,
  • the analysis of the everyday economy in a subspace around the main railway station in the 10th district of Vienna along Favoritenstraße
  • the analysis of the social space there,
  • the analysis of current policy, politics and polity and the identification of opportunities and barriers for the promotion of everyday economy,
  • the question of what forms of governance are available to promote the everyday economy in this neighbourhood and in Vienna in general, and related issues
  • the development of urban planning strategies and concepts for the promotion of everyday economies in Vienna.

Teaching methods

In the course of the concept module, alternative economies along Favoritenstrasse in the 10th district are to be investigated. The focus is on retail trade and commerce, which will be analysed at different levels by means of governance analyses and socio-economic spatial analyses.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue13:00 - 15:0001.10.2019 IFIP SeminarraumKick-Off
Tue13:00 - 15:0008.10.2019Seminarraum 268/2 Plenary 1
Thu17:00 - 19:0010.10.2019 Place according to syllabusBook presentation
Tue13:00 - 15:0015.10.2019 IFIP SeminarraumPlenum 2
Tue12:30 - 14:0022.10.2019 Wirtschaftsuniversität WienInput WU
Tue13:00 - 15:0003.12.2019 IFIP SeminarraumInterim Presentation
Tue13:00 - 15:0014.01.2020 IFIP SeminarraumEndpräsentation

Examination modalities

  • Preparation and active participation in plenary sessions and excursions (80% attendance is a prerequisite for a positive assessment) [20%].
  • Empirical analysis of a self-chosen example of everyday economics in the 10th district of Vienna and scientific analysis in the form of a written report [60%].
  • Presentation of the results [20%].


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
27.06.2019 00:00 01.10.2019 16:00 01.10.2019 17:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified


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