Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space


The  Research Centre E285-02, better known as 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 designed 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. Four  publications with Routledge reflect our international standing: Public Space Unbound. Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition (2018), City Unsilenced. Urban Resistance in the Age of Shrinking Democracy (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: Urban Space Unsettled. Routines, Temporalities and Contestations (publication planned for 2020). In November 2019, the Interdisciplinary Centre will organize an international conference at TU Wien. The Centre’s teaching activities comprise frequent master projects and modules as well as doctoral and master thesis seminars and supervision. Besides architecture and planning students, local actors and students of various disciplines relating to urban studies are involved in the courses to enhance interdisciplinary cooperation within and beyond the university.


Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Dr.phil. Sabine Knierbein Contact: TISS

E285-02 Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space

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