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290026 EX Field Trip: Housing in transition (2016W)

Ideals and realities of urban planning and design. Examples from the city of Vienna

2.00 ECTS (1.50 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work

Vienna is known for its well-established municipal housing projects. The era of the socio-democrats has shaped the city’s structure and its property market to a high extent. But there are more iconic housing projects to be found besides the so-called “Gemeindebauten”. The period of promoterism, the “Siedlerbewegung”, the cooperative housing sector as well as postmodernism and the soft urban renewal are having great impact on how people live in the city today. Times of growth and decline have caused reactions of the housing market with different measures. The influence of private and public stakeholders has changed over time. Today we find a potpourri of different dwellings coexisting: community buildings, cooperative housing, assembly groups (e.g. garden settlements) and private housing. Getting to know the different projects will be topic for this three day field trip.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German



Until October 7th, 2016: Final registration + assignment-topic proposal
Until October 14th, 2016: approval of the registration and the assignment topic
Until October 24th, 2016: preparation of the assignment for the Introduction-day

Day 1 (Introduction): Mon, October 24th 2016
Day 2: Tue, November 3rd 2016
Day 3: Fri, November 4th 2016
(each full-day, 9 AM - 5 PM)

Genaue Uhrzeiten und Veranstaltungsorte werden noch bekanntgeben.


Aims, contents and method of the course

After the three day field trip, participants will be able to recognize different housing types in Vienna, and about stakeholders involved in the building process. Frame conditions, demands, needs and motivations of different eras will be explained and should encourage a critical reflection on the topic. The participants will be qualified to understand single housing projects in the bigger picture of urban transformation. Further we will be able to scrutinize neighborhood development and social interaction of urban residents during our field trip.

Every participant will prepare solitary for our field trip by investigating a housing project of personal choice. During the three days we will visit different types of housing schemes (privately initiated, municipal housing, cooperative housing estates, free-financed dwellings) and meet with different experts and stakeholders.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participants have to prepare an assignment prior to the course. A profile of a housing project in Vienna will have to be elaboratet. Topics will have to be presented on the first day of the excursion (October 24th).

Further information and guidelines can be found on the moodle plattform.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation; written and oral assignment on day 1

Examination topics

Reading list

Csendes, Peter (Hrsg)(2006): Wien : Geschichte einer Stadt. 3. Von 1790 bis zur Gegenwart. Böhlau.

Förster, Wolfgang (2005): Stadterneuerung zwischen Markt und Staat: Der Wiener Weg im internationalen Vergleich. Perspektiven. 7-8. 22-28.
Giffinger, Rudolf (1998): Segregation in Vienna: Impacts of Market Barriers and Rent Regulations. In: Urban Studies. 35 (10). 1791-1812.

Hatz, G, Kohlbacher, J & Reeger, U (2015): Socio-economic Segregation in Vienna: A social-oriented approach to urban planning and housing'. In: T Tammaru, S Marcinczak, M van Ham & S Musterd (Hrsg.), Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities: East meets West. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, S. 80 - 109.

Hatz, G (2009): Features and dynamics of socio-spatial differentiation in Vienna and the Vienna Metropolitan Region. In: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. 100. 485-501.

Kadi, Justin (2015): Recommodifying Housing in Formerly “Red” Vienna? In: Housing, Theory and Society. (32) 3. 247-265.

Vocelka, Karl, Peter Csendes, (Hrsg.)(2003): Wien: Geschichte einer Stadt. 2. Die frühneuzeitliche Residenz (16. Bis 18. Jahrhundert). Böhlau.



Association in the course directory

(B11-7.3) (MG3-EX) (MR7-EX) (L2-EX) (UF BA GW 18)

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