280.717 Chronopolitics: Temporal Structures of the City
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, SE, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to recognize the interrelationships between spatial and temporal structures in the European city and to understand the causes of current spatio-temporal developments and changes.

Subject of course

Social time structures are influenced to a considerable extent by the spatial organization of society. The temporal organization in turn has repercussions on the structures and the use of space. Based on the spatial and temporal urban phenomena - EntgrenzungVerdichtung and Entkopplung (Henckel, Herkommer: 2004) - commonalities of spatial and temporal developments in the European city are examined and causes for continuous and abrupt changes in urban temporality are discussed in the seminar. A thematically structured analysis of causes (organisation of work, housing conditions, mobility, media, politics) is intended to provide an overview of space-defining artificial clocks in urban everyday life in the late modern era and to search for further spatiotemporal phenomena. Subsequently, the focus is on current conflicts in the chronopolitical debate in architecture and urban planning.



„Time unfolded at its usual sluggish, half-confused pace.They lived in a ramshackle house in one of the amorphous suburbs, a zone of endless afternoons.“ 

J. G. Ballard: „Chronopolis“ (New Worlds 1960).


Teaching methods

The seminar is based on a selection of scientific and non-scientific texts from the fields of architecture and urban theory, science fiction, philosophy, sociology, sleep research and political science. In addition to the joint reflection on these texts, there will be short input lectures with reference to specific architectural and urban planning projects as well as discussions with invited guests from the respective research field.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The seminar is conceived as an interdisciplinary course for master's students in the fields of architecture and spatial planning. Architecture students can have the Konzeptmodul(6 ECTS) credited as a Freies Wahlfach.


Literature (selection): 

Barbara Adam: Time and Social Theory (1990)

J.G. Ballard: Chronopolis (1960)

Beatriz Colomina: The Century of the Bed (2014)

Jonathan Crary: 24/7 Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (2014)

Dietrich Henckel, Benjamin Herkommer: „Gemeinsamkeiten räumlicher und zeitlicher Strukturen und Veränderungen“ (in : Walter Siebel: Die europäische Stadt, 2004)

Henri Lefebvre: Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life. (2004)

Andreas Reckwitz: Gesellschaft der Singularitäten (2017)

Bernard Stiegler: Automatic Society. The Future of Work (2017)


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



Course dates

Thu17:00 - 19:3015.10.2020TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Kickoff
Thu17:00 - 19:0022.10.2020 - 21.01.2021 (LIVE)Seminareinheit - Online
Thu17:00 - 19:3010.12.2020Konferenzraum der Fakultät Architektur und Raumplanung Workshop 1
Thu17:00 - 19:3014.01.2021Konferenzraum der Fakultät Architektur und Raumplanung Workshop 2
Chronopolitics: Temporal Structures of the City - Single appointments
Thu15.10.202017:00 - 19:30TVFA Halle - Achtung! Ausstellungsraum/Werkraum Kickoff
Thu22.10.202017:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online
Thu29.10.202017:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online
Thu05.11.202017:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online
Thu12.11.202017:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online
Thu19.11.202017:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online
Thu03.12.202017:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online
Thu10.12.202017:00 - 19:30Konferenzraum der Fakultät Architektur und Raumplanung Workshop 1
Thu17.12.202017:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online
Thu14.01.202117:00 - 19:30Konferenzraum der Fakultät Architektur und Raumplanung Workshop 2
Thu21.01.202117:00 - 19:00 Seminareinheit - Online

Examination modalities

The scope for participants includes the preparation of a presentation in a small group based on one or two selected texts, the submission of min. 5 reading comments, the participation in discussions and the writing of a seminar paper on a key topic of the course.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.09.2020 08:00 06.10.2020 22:00

Registration modalities

Registration for the course via TISS.


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of text analysis and scientific writing is required.


  • Attendance Required!