280.910 Urban Research, Living Environment and Everyday Life
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, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to conduct qualitative urban research and understand the relationship between a research design and its methodology. The methods that will be presented in this course will be applied in the context of an urban area of Vienna’s twelfth district (Meidling), that has seen considerable change in terms of still ongoing urban renewal and development processes. Research practice competencies are acquired within an overall qualitative approach, that is theoretically informed and contextualised by a basic set of structural/quantitative descriptions.

The main learning outcomes are:

  • Hands-on approach towards the application of qualitative research methods in urban research
  • Enhanced understanding about the choice of methods within different research designs
  • Critical use of quantitative data as in social area analysis settings (e.g. Sozialraumanalyse)

Additional learning outcomes:

  • Interpretation and coding skills when dealing with qualitative data
  • Enhanced research data management skills
  • Capability of a self-reflexive research practice
  • Insights in the possibilities of a multi-methodical and participatory approach
  • Basic insights in the difference between lifeworld and everyday life-based approaches in qualitative urban research


Subject of course

The primary aim of the course is to provide an overview of basic socio-spatial research methods with an emphasis on a qualitative research strategy.
The secondary aim is to investigate spatial strategies against socio-spatial polarization using housing, public space, and everyday life as a heuristic entry point for empirical research. Empirical research hence shall explore the impact of urban restructuring on existing social spaces and analyse abstract spatial representations within the realm of urban development and renewal discourse.

Teaching methods

Debate (consensual; dissent-oriented), empirical field research, intra-research team review, shared interpretation of data

Depiction of the Research Field for Empirical Study:

The students are expected to carry out research about and in spatial proximity to the IBA Quartier Wolfganggasse in the eastern part of the Meidling district (12th). This urban development is a new, so-called “socially inclusive quarter” that is currently in the final construction phase. While the IBA Quartier Wolfganggasse acts as a focal point, the geography of the course is not limited to the urban development area itself. This is also justified because the development project also became the starting point for a broader urban renewal program (see below), for which a subcontractor of wohnfonds.wien has developed a renewal concept.

Overall, this area is one of the most densely built-up working-class neighbourhoods in Vienna, close to the city centre. The selected area can be described as a heterogeneous urban fabric, in which mainly late Gründerzeit residential buildings are mixed with small-scale economic functions such as craft businesses and historical infrastructures such as railway tracks and railway depots.

The railway, which initiated the industrialisation of the area, demarcates the south. The belt that borders the eastern side of the area also bears witness to Vienna's radical past. Just on the opposite side we find early examples of the Red Vienna housing programme. Within walking distance are two larger green spaces such as the Paula von Mirtow Park or the Haydn Park.

The geography of the course could, depending on the chosen orientations within the student working groups, also include the southern surroundings of the development project, which consists of an ÖBB housing estate and a terrain vague that could very soon turn into a predominantly private urban development project.


Mode of examination


Additional information

The Kick-Off of the Elective Module 5: Society, Everyday Life and Space will take place on October 4, 2022, 9:00 - 11:00 am together with all Course Instructors.

We invite all students to participate:

Tuesday, 4.10.2022 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am | Room BA 02B




Course dates

Mon10:00 - 12:0010.10.2022Seminarraum 384 Unit 1 - Kick-Off
Mon10:00 - 14:0017.10.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Unit 2, 3, 4
Mon10:30 - 14:0024.10.2022 Matteotti HofUnit 5 - Field Trip
Mon10:00 - 12:0031.10.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Unit 6
Mon10:00 - 12:0007.11.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Unit 7 - @ TUW Action Day
Mon10:00 - 12:0014.11.2022Seminarraum 384 Unit 8
Mon10:00 - 12:0028.11.2022Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Unit 9
Mon10:00 - 14:0009.01.2023Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Unit 10, 11,
Mon10:00 - 14:0016.01.2023Seminarraum EBEG-3 - RPL Unit 12, 13
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Each group further develops their presentation into a final research report/research design with main findings, description of the overall research design and critically self-reflects on the chosen methodology and its bias. The precise way of examination shall be agreed with students during the kick-off units and shall then be updated here.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.08.2022 09:00 10.10.2022 23:59 10.10.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Please also visit, if possible, the core courses of this module (i.e. VO 280.909, UE  and SE 280.911) as well as the VU 280.A28 and the SE 280.948)


  • Attendance Required!