253.A18 Design Studio Vorbild Wien / Exemple parlant Vienna
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, UE, 4.0h, 5.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

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

plan and prepare an international study trip in a professional manner

learn the importance of diverse social and political contexts to the design agenda and city planning

learn the relationships between social, economic, construction, and design agendas with an international context 

use analytical skills to interpret complex urban context and the importance of the specific typology [housing] to the broader urban context 

analyse the historical, cultural and social phenomena that influence the design of housing projects

interpret the relationships between social and cultural practices and architecture and urban design;

demonstrate creative and interpretative skills in presenting research data and analysis; and

demonstrate advanced skills in methods of visualisation, representation and spatialisation of research findings.

Subject of course


2022W, UE, 4.0h, 5.0EC

Teaching Times and Locations: TU Wien and University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)-ZOOM

Teaching Staff:

TU Wien - Dr. Mladen Jadric

UNSW - Dr. Dijana Alic

Important: This course in English is only reserved for students who participate in the workshop 

info-meeting: 19.10.2022 at 13:00h


Affordable housing is a basic requirement and an essential ingredient of a just, inclusive and sustainable city. With the low housing affordability in Sydney it is of paramount importance that the students of architecture, interior architecture, construction, planning and landscape architecture are introduced to models of affordable housing that are accessible to the majority of the city¿s population.

The course: VORBILD WIEN / EXEMPLE PARLANT VIENNA about the Housing in Vienna, takes the students to the city of Vienna where almost 60% of the city¿s population lives in some form of subsidized apartments. The Viennese model of affordable housing is built on a diverse definition of social and affordable housing that includes city-owned flats and limited profit housing co-operatives. The City of Vienna organizes special "developers' contests" that promote a developer ¿ architect alliance and encourage innovative engagements between construction, design, and planning professions.


Vienna born, Sidney based Australian architect Harry Seidler participate actively this process in Austria (Wohnpark Neue Donau, Design/Completion 1993-1998; tower 2001) and promoted the principles of social housing in Australia. With his projects in Vienna, he not only made a symbolic return to the city of his origin, but contributed to a long tradition of affordable housing - the tradition that in the city of Vienna has been considered a public task of major social importance.


Today, the City Department for Housing and Urban Renewal of Vienna is responsible for the subsidisation of several thousand new apartments each year; administration of more than 220,000 city-owned flats (Wiener Wohnen) and Europe's largest housing renewal program (wohnfonds_wien - Fund for Housing Construction and Urban Renewal). Vienna¿s housing model represents a successful integration of design, ecology, economy and social sustainability. Major architects, past and present, have been involved in the design of this social housing built to encourage interaction among social classes, and promote innovation and high-quality design.


The Housing in Vienna course provides an opportunity for students to explore this urban typology within the international context of Vienna. The course supports multidisciplinary learning practice across postgraduate and undergraduate levels. The course offers to further develop and extend the core courses for the Master of Architecture specialisations of housing and social agency. 


Teaching methods

  • Work in teams and engage in the study of urban issues that concern multiple disciplines and work creatively within and across disciplines, with each student learning from the insights of other students.
  • Apply cross-disciplinary studies and cross-cultural studies to their understanding of built fabric and design
  • Utilize research and an analysis of diverse sources in an `imaginative¿, `creative¿ and `operative¿ manner, interpreting these through two and three dimensional graphic representation
  • Operate and relate to international and global professional agendas
  • Clearly articulate and clearly define a strategic and rigorous design position from its conceptual stage to a developed design proposal based on an in-depth appreciation of design principles of the selected typology

Mode of examination

Written and oral



Course dates

Mon09:00 - 13:0020.02.2023HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Kick off WAM 2023
Mon13:00 - 16:0020.02.2023HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Kick off WAM 2023 Teil 2
Fri13:00 - 20:0024.02.2023HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Finnisage WAM 2023

Examination modalities

English skills

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
19.09.2022 09:00 19.10.2022 23:59 19.10.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.


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