280.482 Strategies and intervention of the production of space : relations of sites, scales and actions
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2017S, VO, 2.0h, 4.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Aim of course

Strategies and Interventions of the Production of Space: Relations of Sites, Scales and Actions

**This course will be offered by City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2017 Prof. Ed Wall (University of Greenwich) and by Assoc. Prof. Sabine Knierbein**

This lecture course aims to introduce the central themes that will be addressed in the CoVVP 2017 Urban culture, public space and the future ¿ Urban equity and the global agenda. The lecture course will introduce theories and cases of making public spaces, specifically the relations between contrasting scales of actions, plans, strategies and operations.

Subject of course

The main theme will focus on the contested ways that cities are made, from everyday uses of public spaces to urban redevelopments directed by global economic forces. During the lectures, seminars and exercises, relations between scales of global national policies, metropolitan agendas, urban designs, public spaces, activities and lives will be discussed. New urban developments are refashioning public spaces as tightly managed architectural landmarks and aestheticized forms. Additionally, competition between cities is intensely expressed in global, regional, city and neighbourhood geographies through planning, design and spatial actions. How are architectural masterplans (for redevelopment), political strategies (of metropolitan and national governments) and economic agendas (of global organisations such as the UN) interacting with smaller-scale actions that unfold in and reconstitute urban spaces daily is of particular interest and how do these result in the unequal distribution of spaces and resources, less inclusive practices of making cities and greater needs for spatial justice?

Planning programs, draft plans, and the everyday cultural evidence of future cities and districts seen within projects will be discussed. Considering the spaces and relations of how public spaces are made and remade will expose what is at stake for different organisations, governments, community groups and individuals involved. Issues of urban equity, in regards to access to space and resources, opportunities to participate and rights to the city, will be discussed. When critical issues such as climate change, resource distribution, and migration increasingly shape urban agendas, wide-reaching urban action is needed to develop cross-border professional approaches. These include methods of worlded, inclusive and democratic urban design and open-ended planning processes that are increasingly relevant as local sites of action are increasingly globalized. How planners, builders, and designers are able to adapt working methods to communicate considerations of urban equity and human rights will be considered, while relations between traditional urban development approaches and less-planned urban transformations will be discussed as they relate to cases across the globe.

Lecture Units:

Introduction: urban strategies to daily actions. Lecture Unit 0

Making public spacesLecture Unit 1

Public Space under Siege (I). Urban restructuring and the contemporary city. Lecture Unit 2

Master plans for developmentLecture Unit 3

Public Space under Siege (II): post-positivist planning and postmodern urbanism. Lecture Unit 4

Post-landscapesLecture Unit 5

The Body under pressure. Affect, politics and urbanismo afectivo. Lecture Unit 6

Urban textsLecture Unit 7

Contested everyday space and social non-movements. On critical urbanismLecture Unit 8

Between infrastructural forms and informal actions. Lecture Unit 9

Urban emancipation and the post-political city. On inclusive and democratic urbanismLecture Unit 10

Untrained but informed. Lecture Unit 11

City Unsilenced and urban resistance. On worlded urbanism. Lecture Unit 12, Public Evening Lecture

Summary of lecture unitsLecture Unit 13

A more detailed description of the module, the lecture units and further courses and course units is available at https://skuor.tuwien.ac.at/en/teaching/kurse-nach-semestern/sommersemester-2017/modul-11

Additional information

This lecture "Strategies and Interventions of the Production of Space: Relations of Sites, Scales and Actions" is part of the module 11 "Urban culture, public space" (consisting of three courses, VO 280.482, SE 280.483 and UE 280.484) which is offered during three five days intensive teaching blocks (ITB) by the Interdisiciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR). This module compiles a set of integrated courses dealing with "Urban culture and public space" at the interface of the fields of urban studies and urban design/urban planning. In 2017, the main focus will be on "Urban culture, public space and the future: Urban equity and the global agenda".

The courses mainly address master students (late Bachelor or early PhD), especially from spatial planning and architecture are invited to take part. Yet we explicitly welcome students coming from other Viennese universities in related disciplines, such as urban studies, urban design, geography, sociology, landscape architecture, cultural studies, ... as well as 'Mitbeleger'.  The course language is English. We support students¿ active participation in debates and interactive teaching formats, and encourage you to bring in and develop your own ideas and critical perspectives. We seek to create an international level of debate and exchange and welcome students from all countries and cultures. Just contact us (info@skuor.tuwien.ac.at).

Students interested in this course are highly recommended to take part in the seminar (SE 280.483) and the exercise (UE 280.484).

To take part in all three courses of the module 11 please register for module 11 until 1st of March 2017 (8.30 am) via TISS registration for the course, VO 280.482. Further course registration will be carried out directly at the kick-off meeting on 1st of March 2017, 11am in Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21

Dates of the Module 11

The main body of teaching will be delivered during three intensive teaching blocks (ITB), preceded by an organisational kick-off meeting.

Kick Off 1 March 2017, 11am

ITB 1.  6 - 10 March 2017 9am - 5pm

ITB 2.  8 - 12 May 2017 9am - 5pm

ITB 3.  19 - 23 Jun 2017 9am - 5pm



Course dates

Wed11:00 - 13:0001.03.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21Kick-off Module 11
Mon09:00 - 10:3006.03.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21VO (Unit 0)
Mon14:00 - 15:3006.03.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21VO (Unit 1)
Tue09:00 - 10:3007.03.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21VO (Unit 2)
Wed09:00 - 10:3008.03.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21VO (Unit 3)
Wed14:00 - 15:3008.03.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21VO (Unit 4)
Thu09:00 - 10:3009.03.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21VO (Unit 5)
Tue09:00 - 10:3009.05.2017Seminarraum 268/1 VO (Unit 6)
Tue19:00 - 21:0009.05.2017Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse VO (Unit 7) Public Evening Lecture
Wed11:00 - 12:3010.05.2017Seminarraum 3/4 VO (Unit 8)
Thu09:00 - 10:3011.05.2017Seminarraum 3/4 VO (Unit 9)
Thu17:00 - 19:0011.05.2017Seminarraum W15 Workshop Introduction
Fri13:30 - 16:0012.05.2017Seminarraum W15 Workshop "rethink 100. yil neighbourhood"
Mon09:00 - 10:3019.06.2017Seminarraum 268/1 VO (Unit 10)
Tue09:00 - 10:3020.06.2017Seminarraum W15 VO (Unit 11)
Tue19:00 - 21:0020.06.2017Seminarraum W15 VO (Unit 12) Public Evening Lecture
Wed11:00 - 12:3021.06.2017Seminarraum W15 VO (Unit 13)
Thu09:00 - 12:3022.06.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21VO Oral Group Exams
Fri09:00 - 11:0023.06.2017 Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21Closing and Feedback Module 11
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Participants of the lecture are asked to read the indicated texts prior to the lecture sessions. They are moreover required to either prepare an individual scientific essay of 6-8 pages or to take an oral group exam of 60 minutes (which will be marked individually).

The scientific essay should draw connections between one input offered by Ed Wall (including texts) and one input offered by Sabine Knierbein (including texts) and develop cross-disciplinary perspectives on at least one of the current challenges for contemporary cities, in particular with a focus on urban cultures and public spaces. Submission deadline for the individual essays is 30th June 2017. The oral exam will be offered during the 3rd teaching block (20-21 June 2017).

For the oral group exam students are required to revise all lectures and the assigned literature.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
13.02.2017 14:00 01.03.2017 08:30 01.03.2017 15:00

Registration modalities:

Please register here for the Module 11 until 1st of March 2017 in the TISS registration system (Master Curriculum Raumplanung, open for architects and further urban studies related disciplines, 6 SWS, 12 ECTS (in spatial planning), teaching in blocks). Registrations for single courses of the Module 11 (VO 280.482, SE 280.483, UE 280.484) will be possible at the Module’s Kick-off taking place on 1st of March 2017, 11am in Augasse 2-6, 2nd floor, WD02B21.


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning


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