280.864 Spatial law - Right to public space
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, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to comprehend the subject matter of legal questions and problems relating to public space. They understand how Austrian law regulates and therefore structures and shapes public space. They understand the legal foundations and relevant case law in this context and – building on this knowledge – are able to contribute to the discourse on the legal requirements for public space.

Subject of course

Who owns public space? Is public space a legal category? How are property rights in public space regulated? Who is allowed to do what in public space? For which activities is a permit needed and why? Placarding, demonstrating, exhibiting, experimenting, moving, recreating, appropriating areas, teaching… what is allowed or prohibited and under what circumstances? Who is liable when accidents or damage occur in public spaces?

In this seminar, we want to pursue these questions based on legal practical examples. We want to work through them together and analyse how the law shapes public space and what consequences there are for urban development and our life in the city. On this basis, we can critically reflect on the legal framework and consider possibilities for a reorganization.

Teaching methods

Within the group, relevant questions, problems and the need for action are discussed and clustered together. Various questions should be elaborated and presented by smaller groups (of 2-3 students) based on literature, legal bodies, case law and interviews with relevant authorities. The mode of presentation can be chosen freely. Capturing the big picture by collecting the different questions and problems in the plenum. Critical discourse with decision-makers and joint reflection on the possibilities of reorganization. Creation of a joint final product (format to be discussed) which will be used to raise public awareness for the topic.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Tue10:00 - 12:0004.10.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Einheit
Tue10:00 - 14:0025.10.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Einheit
Tue10:00 - 14:0006.12.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Einheit
Tue10:00 - 14:0013.12.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Einheit
Tue10:00 - 13:0020.12.2022 ZOOM-Link: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/93798060609 - Meeting-ID: 937 9806 0609 (Betriebseinschränkung TU Wien) (LIVE)Einheit
Tue09:00 - 13:0017.01.2023Seminarraum EBU1-1 - RPL Einheit
Tue10:00 - 13:0017.01.2023Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Einheit
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Seminar paper and presentations, active participation during the discussions.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
19.09.2022 10:00 03.10.2022 12:00 03.10.2022 12:00


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge



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