280.934 Spatial Developement Hernals - Transformation of the existing 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.

2023W, PR, 10.0h, 12.0EC


  • Semester hours: 10.0
  • Credits: 12.0
  • Type: PR Project
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to work independently, problem- and task-related in planning. The methodological and instrumental knowledge already acquired in the basic courses has been deepened, skills in conceptual, strategic, integrated and application-related planning have been acquired. Using a concrete planning area of a district or an urban region as an example, the students became familiar with fields of action in the interaction of politics, decision-makers, planning and the population and independently developed a development concept in groups, including a mission statement and lead projects as well as an implementation strategy. The results are presented in an understandable, comprehensible, graphically and textually appealing way.

Subject of course

Hernals: A district between village and city In Hernals, old village centers meet lively Gründerzeit neighborhoods, busy main roads meet narrow alleys, shopping centers meet recreational areas. Different periods and ideologies of urban development - from dense Gründerzeit block structures to post-war row buildings, residential courtyards of the interwar period to “Streckhöfe” - have left their mark.

Impulses for the existing city The majority of our city of tomorrow has already been built. A strategic approach to the existing stock is therefore of particular importance. Increased demands on living space and its surroundings, the ongoing change in working and production conditions as well as constantly changing mobility behavior are leading to continuous transformation processes. These must be designed sustainably against the background of the climate crisis and increasing numbers of inhabitants. The extension of the U5 in the direction of Hernals will provide additional impulses for the development of the district in the coming years. All of this provides an opportunity to address the question of how these developments can be managed in a quality manner, how old and new can be combined, and how the existing city can be included in transformation processes.

City in climate change Especially in view of the climate crisis and its dramatic consequences, it is important to develop new perspectives for the urban district. The city of Vienna has the vision to be climate neutral by 2040. What consequences does this have for urban planning? What does this mean for Hernals? Since green spaces are underrepresented in the Gründerzeit neighborhoods, questions arise, among others, about the transformation of existing street spaces and the improvement of the microclimate. Furthermore, since especially "hot" and dense neighborhoods like Hernals are often characterized by a relatively low socio-economic status, the question of climate justice and socio-ecological transformation must be in the foreground.

An image for the big picture
This extraordinary planning task requires extraordinary processes of engagement and development conception. Therefore, this space should be understood as comprehensively as possible in its settlement-structural, functional, historical, economic, ecological and identity-forming aspects. Researching, questioning, curious and unbiased, questions will be formulated and scenarios created in an open process, in order to develop meaningful positions and concepts based on them, which propose a way of dealing with this complex space. The task of Project 2 will be to create an integrated district development concept with a clear focus on aspects of climate protection and climate change adaptation, from which objectives for settlement and business location development, mobility and social cohesion can also be derived. Images must be generated that are capable of renegotiating these interrelationships - ultimately, what is needed is an understanding of the big picture.

Teaching methods

A repertoire of qualitative and quantitative methods, techniques and tools are used to relate intuitive and emotional approaches to rational ones and theoretical models. By working with sketches, plans, models, diagrams, texts, photos and films, the urban space is recorded and analysed and, based on this, guiding principles and guiding projects are developed. Based on a joint "layer analysis", the structural-spatial, economic, social, ecological and cultural conditions are examined and presented for the respective subject areas. In developing the guiding principle, it is important to convey an image of the "big picture", to put the essentials in the foreground and to motivate action.

The iterative drafting process is supported and accompanied within the framework of intensive workshops and corrections. Additional inputs and discussion contributions from the supervisors and external experts provide inspiration and motivation. Presentations of the (interim) results with feedback and discussion are used to communicate the main ideas and to develop them further.

Spatial planning does not only require the development of problem-oriented solutions, but also the supply of argumentation bases for these solutions. In the early stage of the project, the focus will therefore lie on the development of digital argumentation bases. The necessary technical support is provided by the cooperation of the spatial simulation laboratory (Simlab).

Mode of examination


Additional information

Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist Teil der Initiative des Jahresthemas 2023/24 „Transformation des Bestands“.
Weitere Informationen und die Übersicht aller teilnehmenden LVAs finden Sie unter folgendem Link: https://futurelab.tuwien.ac.at/jahresthema-2023-24



Course dates

Wed09:00 - 12:0004.10.2023Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Kick Off
Wed09:00 - 18:0011.10.2023 Exkursion Hernals
09:00 - 18:0012.10.2023 - 13.10.2023Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #1
Wed14:00 - 17:0025.10.2023 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)
09:00 - 18:0008.11.2023 - 10.11.2023Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #2
Fri13:00 - 17:0010.11.2023Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Zwischenpräsentation
Thu14:00 - 17:0023.11.2023 - 25.01.2024 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)
09:00 - 18:0013.12.2023 - 15.12.2023Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #3
Thu13:00 - 17:0025.01.2024Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Abschlusspräsentation
Spatial Developement Hernals - Transformation of the existing city - Single appointments
Wed04.10.202309:00 - 12:00Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Kick Off
Wed11.10.202309:00 - 18:00 Exkursion Hernals
Thu12.10.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #1
Fri13.10.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #1
Wed25.10.202314:00 - 17:00 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)
Wed08.11.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #2
Thu09.11.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #2
Fri10.11.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #2
Fri10.11.202313:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Zwischenpräsentation
Thu23.11.202314:00 - 17:00 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)
Thu07.12.202314:00 - 17:00 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)
Wed13.12.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #3
Thu14.12.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #3
Fri15.12.202309:00 - 18:00Seminarraum AC 02 - 2 Workshop #3
Thu11.01.202414:00 - 17:00 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)
Thu18.01.202414:00 - 17:00 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)
Thu25.01.202413:00 - 17:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Abschlusspräsentation
Thu25.01.202414:00 - 17:00 IFOER BibliothekKorrekturtermin (optional)

Examination modalities

Interim reports and presentations as well as final documentation and presentation. The overall assessment is done by the team of supervisors.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
30.07.2023 08:00 31.07.2023 09:00


L280163 OR L280971 OR L280978 OR L280979

Group Registration

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Gruppe 101.07.2023 09:0001.07.2023 10:00
Gruppe 201.07.2023 09:0001.07.2023 10:00
Gruppe 301.07.2023 09:0001.07.2023 10:00
Gruppe 401.07.2023 09:0001.07.2023 10:00
Gruppe 501.07.2023 09:0001.07.2023 10:00
Gruppe 601.07.2023 09:0001.07.2023 10:00
Gruppe 701.07.2023 09:0001.07.2023 10:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 240 Spatial Planning Mandatory5. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

The following knowledge and skills are required for participation in project 2:

  • Skills of municipal and regional planning instruments and institutions
  • Basic knowledge and methodological approaches to independently gain an overview of the social, ecological and economic situation of municipalities and regions
  • GIS / techniques of plan design

The positive completion of the Introductory and Orientation Phase (STEOP) as well as the seminar "Spatial Development Planning" is the prerequisite for the completion of the module.


For students who have started their studies after October 1, 2021, the positive completion of the STEOP and the LVA SE "Spatial Development Planning" is a mandatory requirement.