Urban Culture and Public Space


The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space is dedicated to identify connecting characteristics between urban research, urban design and urban planning, between practice and theory regarding the thematically combined fields of the lived, planned and devided city. In collaboration with experts from different disciplines and cultures, we try to explore how everyday urban spaces (lived spaces) work as social, cultural and political processes of socialisation in urban environments. They ‚sediment‘ as constructed or built spaces, for instance taking the shape of designed or constructed projects. As a founding member of AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures and with the support of our International Advisory Board composed of former Visiting Professors we connect different positions in the field of lifeworld oriented international urban studies. Three publications with Routledge reflect our international standing: City Unsilenced (2017), Public Space and Relational Perspectives (2015) and Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe (2014). A new book is currently in the pipeline: Public Space Unbound. Urban emancipation and the post-political condition (publication planned in 2018). In March 2017, the Centre has organized the international conference UNSETTLED – Urban routines, temporalities and contestations with 160 guests discussing pressing urban issues during two intensive days. The Centre’s teaching activities comprise frequent master projects and modules as well as PhD and master thesis seminars and supervision. Besides architecture and planning students, local actors and students of various disciplines are involved in the courses to enhance interdisciplinary cooperation within the university.