280.A10 Fokus Raumplanung - Spatial Planning Positions on the Climate Crisis
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to grasp the topic of spatial planning and the climate crisis as a whole across the various disciplines. By deepening work on this topic from other elective modules and by engaging with decision-makers from spatially relevant areas, students learn to develop their own spatial planning positions on the climate crisis and the transformation of the existing situation, to process them effectively in the media and to communicate them to the public. They gain experience with discursive elements (interviews, discussions and debates) and with representing their position within the framework of discursive processes. Students are also enabled to make their positions publicly visible.

This semester, we want to focus on the transformation of existing buildings - the built environment and cultural landscape. You can find inspiration on the topic in the current Future Lab magazine: https://ar.tuwien.ac.at/fakultaet/future.lab/future.lab-magazin

This course is part of the initiative of the 2023/24 annual theme "Transformation of the Existing". Further information and an overview of all participating LVAs can be found at the following link: https://futurelab.tuwien.ac.at/jahresthema-2023-24

Subject of course

Various topics of relevance to space and climate, approached from the perspectives of different disciplines. The content is mainly generated from the students' work in the elective modules of the Master's programme, for example:

WM1   Global Development of Cities and Metropolitan Regions: Megacities and metropolitan regions in the climate crisis, global strategies, climate targets, ...
WM2   Spatial planning in rural and alpine areas: Protection and priority functions for agricultural and forestry land, food provision, bioeconomy, vulnerability of the alpine space, protected areas (moors and forests), (winter) tourism, ...
WM3   City and landscape: Planning and interventions against climate change, prevention of urban sprawl and fragmentation of the landscape and settlement areas, inner development before outer development, energy-efficient development plans, biodiversity, green and blue infrastructure, ...
WM4   Mobility and energy-related spatial planning: Land provision for renewable energies, land competition, sustainable transport planning and sustainable forms of mobility, ...
WM5   Society, routines and space: Climate-friendly living, climate debate, climate governance, energy governance, migration and the climate crisis, spatial planning and sufficiency, regional cooperation, ...
WM6   Project development, project evaluation and real estate economy: Affordable housing, climate proofing, UVP / SUP, climate adaptation, e.g. in commercial zones, natural hazards, …
WM7   Spatial planning law and land policy: Land protection, (re)densification, fiscal instruments, unsealing, land grabbing, ...
WM8   Digital analysis and visualisation: Planning analysis tools for the climate crisis, communication of climate-relevant challenges and solutions through plans and other planning media, ...
The core of this course is to develop one's own positions on the climate crisis in conjunction with the aforementioned topics. This happens through discursive processes and in exchange with decision-makers from the relevant fields. Also, students learn to communicate their positions to the public.

Teaching methods

The targets of the seminar are achieved in successive steps through the following methods:

Debate and decision-making in plenary

In the first phase, the students' interests and experiences as well as current projects are collected and clustered into thematic areas. In the plenum, it will be decided which focus will be set in the context of spatial planning and the climate crisis. Also, it will be discussed in which form the work and positions of the students should be communicated to the public (e.g. short video, podcast, magazine, event or exhibition). The result is the decision for a joint end product.

Independent work / group work / interviews / conception of the positions

The positions should be developed in groups of two to three students or, if desired, individually. The work will initially be guided in a two- to three-day workshop and subsequently supported individually. The positions are to be sharpened through exchange with stakeholders from the field, who will be invited to the workshops or visited individually. The students will also moderate and lead the interviews and discussion rounds with the stakeholders.

Creation of a joint end product/ final presentation

The last phase is dedicated to putting together the group or individual work into a joint end product (e.g. short video, podcast, magazine, event, exhibition). This end product will be presented to a wider audience in the final unit.

Mode of examination


Additional information

The course is eligible for credit as a supplementary course in all elective modules of the Master’s programme Spatial Planning and Spatial Development.

This course is held in cooperation with the Landuni Drosendorf.

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



Course dates

Thu15:00 - 17:0007.03.2024Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Kick Off
Thu15:00 - 18:0021.03.2024Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Contents/flashlights
09:00 - 20:0022.04.2024 - 24.04.2024 LandUni DrosendorfExkursion: Drosendorf
Mon15:00 - 17:0013.05.2024Seminarraum AE U1 - 4 Abstimmung für Endpräsentation
Thu14:00 - 18:0006.06.2024Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Coordination for final presentation
Tue16:00 - 20:0018.06.2024Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Endpräsentation
Fokus Raumplanung - Spatial Planning Positions on the Climate Crisis - Single appointments
Thu07.03.202415:00 - 17:00Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Kick Off
Thu21.03.202415:00 - 18:00Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Contents/flashlights
Mon22.04.202409:00 - 20:00 LandUni DrosendorfExkursion: Drosendorf
Tue23.04.202409:00 - 20:00 LandUni DrosendorfExkursion: Drosendorf
Wed24.04.202409:00 - 20:00 LandUni DrosendorfExkursion: Drosendorf
Mon13.05.202415:00 - 17:00Seminarraum AE U1 - 4 Abstimmung für Endpräsentation
Thu06.06.202414:00 - 18:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Coordination for final presentation
Tue18.06.202416:00 - 20:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Endpräsentation

Examination modalities

Seminar paper (=group work/individual work), final presentation, participation and active involvement in the discussions and interviews

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.02.2024 12:00 01.03.2024 23:59 06.03.2024 23:59


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

This course takes place in cooperation with the landuni Drosendorf.


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