280.937 Finding the common ground
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to deal with planning problems in an international and interdisciplinary context. The focus of the course is the Danube region, which offers a great variety and heterogeneity of planning challenges, including adaptation strategies and approaches. The course deals with small and medium-sized cities along the Danube, which in many cases (as in the excursion area around Novi Sad) are affected by shrinkage, emigration and further challenges related to economic transformation. By working with students and teachers from six partner universities, students learn about similarities and differences in planning cultures and approaches. In the process, their own approaches will be critically reflected and their transferability to other (European) regions will be examined.

The exact programme of the excursion with the concrete challenges to be addressed will be made available by the end of the registration period.

Subject of course

The course is organised within the framework of the Erasmus-Plus project “Danubian SMCs”, which aims to bring together interdisciplinary knowledge in spatial planning from universities situated along the Danube (UAUIM Bucharest as a lead partner, BME Budapest, UNS Novi Sad, UB Belgrade, STU Bratislava, DUK Krems). Students will work together with colleagues from these partner universities and develop approaches that consider the different challenges small and medium sized cities along the Danube face.

Content: Working on problems of urban and regional development of small and medium-sized towns in the Danube region in international, interdisciplinary teams 

For this purpose, inputs on topics from architecture, urban and landscape planning, urban and regional development, as well as ecology and environmental protection with a focus on small and medium-sized towns in the Danube region will be offered and excursions and explorations in and around Novi Sad will be carried out together (but also in small groups).

The concrete schedule of the project week will be provided soon.

Teaching methods

The course is held blocked, together with participants from other universities located in the Danube Region. 

In the course of the course, a seminar/project week will take place in Novi Sad (Serbia), where students will work in international, interdisciplinary teams on problems of small and medium-sized cities in the Danube region. 

Methods: Excursion, work in small international groups, plenary discussions, desk research, elaboration of problems and solutions (written + graphical)

Mode of examination


Additional information

For the participation in the courses (also for the project week in Novi Sad) the currently valid Covid regulations of the TU Vienna apply.

Arrival and departure to Novi Sad have to be organized and paid individually. Hotel booking in double or triple rooms incl. breakfast will be organized by the teaching team. (Sun - Sat).

We will meet in Novi Sad on Sunday evening, the return journey is planned for Sat 13.11.

If you are not an EU citizen and you want to participate in the course, please note the exit and entry regulations between Serbia and the EU. 

In case of travel restrictions, an online alternative programme will be drafted.

This course is assigned to the following modules:

  • Wahlmodul 1: Global Development of Cities and Metropolitan Regions
  • Wahlmodul 2: Raumplanen in ländlichen und alpinen Räumen
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Course dates

Tue11:00 - 12:0019.10.2021 via Zoom (LIVE)KickOff
Sun00:00 - 00:0007.11.2021 Wien - Novi Sadindividual arrival
00:00 - 00:0008.11.2021 - 12.11.2021 University of Novi Sad (UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU)Project week Novi Sad
Sat00:00 - 00:0013.11.2021 Novi Sad - Wienindividual return trip
Mon14:00 - 16:0022.11.2021Seminarraum EBEG-2 Postproduction
Finding the common ground - Single appointments
Tue19.10.202111:00 - 12:00 via ZoomKickOff
Sun07.11.202100:00 - 00:00 Wien - Novi Sadindividual arrival
Mon08.11.202100:00 - 00:00 University of Novi Sad (UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU)Project week Novi Sad
Tue09.11.202100:00 - 00:00 University of Novi Sad (UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU)Project week Novi Sad
Wed10.11.202100:00 - 00:00 University of Novi Sad (UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU)Project week Novi Sad
Thu11.11.202100:00 - 00:00 University of Novi Sad (UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU)Project week Novi Sad
Fri12.11.202100:00 - 00:00 University of Novi Sad (UNIVERZITET U NOVOM SADU)Project week Novi Sad
Sat13.11.202100:00 - 00:00 Novi Sad - Wienindividual return trip
Mon22.11.202114:00 - 16:00Seminarraum EBEG-2 Postproduction
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

active participation in lessons

Participation in project week in Novi Sad

Written report and workshop reflection

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
17.09.2021 08:00 07.10.2021 18:00

Registration modalities

Short motivation letter to balazs.cserpes@tuwien.ac.at (Deadline October 7, 2021, 18:00h)
The number of participants is limited to 5.


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning
066 440 Spatial Planning


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Completed bachelor's degree in spatial planning or related (planning) studies (architecture, landscape planning, geography ...)


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