280.921 Master Project Spatial Planning | Positive Energy Districts 2.0
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, PR, 6.0h, 12.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 6.0
  • Credits: 12.0
  • Type: PR Project
  • Format: Blended Learning

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand the vision of "Positive Energy Districts" in general;
  • repeat a workflow that was practised in an existing district; 
  • including realizable transformations on the dimensions of heat, electricity and mobility;
  • use methods of integrated spatial and energy planning, GIS and PED governance and
  • understand that not everything can be optimized anywhere, but to judge planning variations per settlement that may carry out a good environmental and social impact.

Subject of course


  • climate crisis
  • energy saving
  • renewable energy
  • mobility
  • urban and regional planning
  • integrated planning approaches
  • scenario- and backcasting methods
  • energy governance 

Here's a website with a similar, former course!


A Group of about 30 Students will meet, learn and research together. There is one obligatory on-site workshop in Vienna and St. Pölten (Austria) from 5th to 14th October 2023, after that the groups are working online and/or in their country. The will be guest lectures during the practise week and also after it. The course is held in English. Erasmus students are welcome and preferred in the application. The workshop in Vienna and St. Pölten will be held in presence, all meetings before and after as videoceonference (MS Teams).

The course is a cooperation of the following universities:

  • TU Wien, Vienna, Austria. Coach: Hartmut Dumke. Main Course Expertise: Integrated Spatial and Energy Planning

  • Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia. Coach: Milan Husar. Main Course expertise: P.E.D.

  • Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Coach: Aleksandar Djordjevic. Main course Expertise: GIS

Spatial Context

Vienna and St. Pölten, Austria

Tasks for the groups (3 P per group, 1 each from AT, SR, SK)

  • Overall development concept
  • Display connections, relation to the surroundings, inside-outside
  • Understand and display land use, building functions, public spaces, activities and new uses (both from NOW and in a FUTURE estate)
  • Use social aspects, user groups, dynamics and appropriation of space to support the realizations
  • Visiting and participating in lectures and workshops (via zoom or ms teams conferences) after the main workshop week

 PED visual: Geblergasse, Vienna

Photo: The "Smart Block Geblergasse", a fully transformed PED quarter, in Vienna

Ai rendered PED image

AI generated Image (by "NightCafé"), prompt: positive energy districts 2040

Organizational features

The course will be organized via MS Teams – if you participate, make sure that you have an active Microsoft ID (it's free!) and let us know it. We will use MS Teams for up- and downloads, video conferencing, and ongoing text channel conversation.

Teaching methods

  • district inventory
  • visioneering and backcasting
  • governance analysis
  • future congress (plenum presentations and - discussions)

Mode of examination


Additional information

Our course receives funding from the Erasmus program as well as from the "Blended Intensive Program". The funding has been approved, but the exact amount of funding per student (also staggered by country of origin) is not yet completely clear, but will be announced here as soon as possible.

This course is part of the initiative of the annual theme 2023/24 "Transformation of the stock". For more information and an overview of all participating courses, please follow this link: https://futurelab.tuwien.ac.at/jahresthema-2023-24



Course dates

Tue14:00 - 17:0003.10.2023 https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ahNYO7cSYuvVTCX4vwGSNnp1XNAzmI-OJGLOM8BwmCmA1%40thread.tacv2/1692691175348?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22dffdfdd4-77f5-445a-9dc0-1f5c6d259395%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227222e97b-26ff-4d92-90c3-f72eb0d907a4%22%7d (LIVE)Kick-Off (Introduction, Schedule)
Sun19:00 - 22:0008.10.2023 Beer House (will be announced)Get-Together in Vienna (Beer House)
Mon09:00 - 17:0009.10.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Workshop and Field Trips in Vienna
Tue09:00 - 15:0010.10.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Workshop and Field Trips in Vienna
Tue15:00 - 17:0010.10.2023 TrainTrip to St. Pölten (by Train)
09:00 - 18:0011.10.2023 - 14.10.2023 St. Pölten, Lower Austria (Location tba)Workshop in St. Pölten
Mon14:00 - 17:0023.10.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Additional Workshop (ONLY for Austrian Students)
Mon09:00 - 12:0020.11.2023 MS Teams (Link will be sent out in time) (LIVE)Presentation: Final Results (MS Teams)
Master Project Spatial Planning | Positive Energy Districts 2.0 - Single appointments
Tue03.10.202314:00 - 17:00 https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ahNYO7cSYuvVTCX4vwGSNnp1XNAzmI-OJGLOM8BwmCmA1%40thread.tacv2/1692691175348?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22dffdfdd4-77f5-445a-9dc0-1f5c6d259395%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227222e97b-26ff-4d92-90c3-f72eb0d907a4%22%7dKick-Off (Introduction, Schedule)
Sun08.10.202319:00 - 22:00 Beer House (will be announced)Get-Together in Vienna (Beer House)
Mon09.10.202309:00 - 17:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Workshop and Field Trips in Vienna
Tue10.10.202309:00 - 15:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Workshop and Field Trips in Vienna
Tue10.10.202315:00 - 17:00 TrainTrip to St. Pölten (by Train)
Wed11.10.202309:00 - 18:00 St. Pölten, Lower Austria (Location tba)Workshop in St. Pölten
Thu12.10.202309:00 - 18:00 St. Pölten, Lower Austria (Location tba)Workshop in St. Pölten
Fri13.10.202309:00 - 18:00 St. Pölten, Lower Austria (Location tba)Workshop in St. Pölten
Sat14.10.202309:00 - 18:00 St. Pölten, Lower Austria (Location tba)Workshop in St. Pölten
Mon23.10.202314:00 - 17:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Additional Workshop (ONLY for Austrian Students)
Mon20.11.202309:00 - 12:00 MS Teams (Link will be sent out in time)Presentation: Final Results (MS Teams)
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

  • Mandatory participation in all workshops

  • A mental map with ideas

  • Poster presentations at the end of the workshops

  • Independent work in the group after the attendance week

  • Visionary result report incl. presentation

  • ... further products to be announced.

All gradings will be finished by the end of 2023.

Info exclusively for all students booking here:

Our colleagues from Slovakia and Serbia receive significantly less ECTS - therefore it is fair that the students booking here also have to do more work. Details will be given at the kickoff. You can expect at least one additional workshop, but also more work AFTER the attendance week in St. Pölten and BEFORE the final workshop.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
05.06.2023 09:00 05.08.2023 23:55 05.08.2023 23:55

Registration modalities

10 students from Vienna, Austria

10 students from Belgrade, Serbia

10 students from Bratislava, Slovakia 


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Mandatory2. Semester


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

None, but interest and/or experience in topics related to integrated spatial energy planning are helpful in completing the course.


  • Attendance Required!