280.891 Planning in Rural and Alpine Space
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, EX, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: EX Excursion
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

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

- complement and reflect on their external perspective on rural areas with internal perspectives,
- explore a spectrum of different backgrounds to life and business in the countryside by recording and reflecting on spatial knowledge, everyday experience, observations, questions and ideas of residents, people living in multiple locations, natives and non-natives, immigrants, refugees, tourists, summer visitors, employees, entrepreneurs, pupils and students, cultural workers, etc.
- recognize connections between spatial requirements and different living backgrounds in rural areas and incorporate these into strategy and planning processes, such as those tested in VU 280.874 Planning processes for rural and alpine areas and SE 280.875 Strategies for rural and alpine areas.

Subject of course

The course is bundled with VU 280.874 Planning Processes for Rural and Alpine Areas and SE 280.875 Strategies for Rural and Alpine Areas and deals integratively with rural and alpine areas and their inhabitants as well as their cultural and economic possibilities and future opportunities.

Preliminary program:

Mapping of groups of people with different backgrounds, consideration of locations for interviews
Addressing and contacting potential interview partners, arranging appointments
Interview guidelines for narrative interviews
Excursion 24/25 April (2 days) with overnight stays in Drosendorf Castle, independent research / interviews and photo shoots on site (groups of 2), joint visits (e.g. nightwalk), joint reading and interim reflection
Short story or graphic recording, which embeds the conversations in their spatial setting; experiences, motives, ideas and perspectives of the people on site become visible
Obtaining permission from the interview partners
Compilation of the short stories into an excursion reader (e.g. booklet, wall newspaper, leporello ...)

Teaching methods

The course package for the summer semester 2024 focuses on rural areas, using the example of the northern Waldviertel and the border region of the Czech Republic. The home base is the landuni in Drosendorf Castle. Various methods of involving residents and other local/regional experts will be used.

- Mapping groups of people with different backgrounds
- Preparing and conducting interviews on site
- Short story (narrative approach, planning communication with story-telling, possibly graphic recording)
- Editing and preparation of the "Stories from the countryside"
- Teamwork (groups of two)

Mode of examination


Additional information

The course is aligned with VU 280.874 Planning Processes for Rural and Alpine Areas and SE 280.875 Strategies for Rural and Alpine Areas. It is recommended to take all three courses as a package.

It is eligible for credit as a supplementary course in elective module 2

The course will take place in presence mode. Please note the current regulations of TU Wien.

Subject to change due to coronavirus pandemic.

This course takes place in cooperation with the landuni Drosendorf. 



Course dates

Wed13:00 - 15:0006.03.2024Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Kick-off elective module 2
Thu15:00 - 17:0014.03.2024Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Kick Off SE, VU und EX
09:00 - 20:0024.04.2024 - 25.04.2024 On site DrosendorfExcursion to living environments Drosendorf
Planning in Rural and Alpine Space - Single appointments
Wed06.03.202413:00 - 15:00Seminarraum EBEG-2 - RPL Kick-off elective module 2
Thu14.03.202415:00 - 17:00Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Kick Off SE, VU und EX
Wed24.04.202409:00 - 20:00 On site DrosendorfExcursion to living environments Drosendorf
Thu25.04.202409:00 - 20:00 On site DrosendorfExcursion to living environments Drosendorf
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

- Participation in the preparatory plenary (14.3.2024)
- Guidelines for narrative interview
- Preparation of the interview as a short story and an illustration (photo, drawing)
- Participation in the overall editing (excursion reader) and final presentation

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.02.2024 09:00 01.03.2024 23:55 01.03.2024 23:55

Registration modalities

Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in the master's program.


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest in the issues and challenges of rural and alpine areas and basic knowledge of planning tools, concepts, cultural practices and strategies are expected.

Accompanying courses


  • Attendance Required!