In the academic year 2020/21, the study programme Spatial Planning at TU Wien will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Initially as an irregular curriculum Spatial Planning and Development, the programme has developed continuously up to the present day, through the establishment of Research Units within the Institute of Spatial Planning and the further development of the full study programme. Numerous events, conferences and publications are planned under the anniversary motto 50 Years of Spatial Planning.

The institute will of course continue to organise events and celebrations in the future and will be happy to welcome you as a visitor. To be informed about the festivities, you are welcome to register your e-mail address with us. You will then receive a message when new events are announced or when there are changes to events that have already been announced.

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Overview of all events

50 years of spatial planning - that was the Home-Coming!

28/29 October 2021, TU Wien, Kuppelsaal & Karlsgasse 11-13


Thursday, 28 October 2021

16:00: Reception in courtyard 2
18:00: Kick-off in the Kuppelsaal
19:00: Panel discussion "Topics of spatial planning of different generations"

Friday, 29 October 2021

10:00: City walks 
15:00: Open doors at research units and the Chamber of Civil Engineers 
18:00: Home-Coming in the Kuppelsaal

3 young people with champagne glasses in their hands laugh into the camera
People chatting at a bar table
Woman hands over wine glass
Four people are standing around the table, chatting and laughing
People stand in a doorway with a glass in their hands and talk
Many people stand in the kitchen of the research unit Region
Kuppelsaal shows people gathered around bar tables and chatting
3 people stand in front of the Synchronopsis 50 years of Spatial Planning
Visitor talks about her city walk over the microphone
Lots of people in the dome hall
Presenter hands over the yearbook 50 years of spatial planning
The largest year group is delighted with the 50 Years of Spatial Planning yearbook
Band performance by Hidden Agenda
Band photo Hidden Agenda

A look into the yearbook

In the continuing anniversary year 2021, we will publish individual yearbook contributions at regular intervals to give you an insight into the very extensive anniversary edition. The authors of these contributions will then meet for a short reading and discussion evening in virtual space. Take the opportunity to get to know the yearbook authors and discuss the topics of spatial planning with them!

Read the contributions of the next invited authors now and, with a little luck, win your personal copy of the anniversary yearbook at the upcoming discussion event.

23.06.2021 | Discussion: COUNTRYSIDE & CITY

18:00 - 19:30, Zoom:, opens an external URL in a new window Brigitte Jilka



Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Markus Tomaselli

URBAN CONSTRUCTION AND SPATIAL PLANNING: Interfaces, challenges, potential, opens a file in a new window

3 Katharina Zwettler

SPATIAL PLANNING AND ALPINE CONVENTION - Reflection on expectations and challenges in theory and practice, opens a file in a new window


Em.O.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Jens S. Dangschat

SPATIAL PLANNING IN THE SECOND MODERN, opens a file in a new window

5 Stephanie Schwer

SPATIAL PLANNING AS THE ART OF "GETTING ON THE GROUND" (without going to the ground yourself), opens a file in a new window

6 Simone Rongitsch

50 YEARS OF SPATIAL PLANNING - An adventurous journey, opens a file in a new window

15.04.2021 | Discussion: THEN & TOMORROW

18:00 - 19:30, Zoom


Hon.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Gerhard Schimak

A LONG WAY, opens a file in a new window


Planners4Future / Alina Hager

WE ARE THE PLANNERS4FUTURE - Positions on dealing with the climate crisis, opens a file in a new window


Em. Univ. Prof. Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. H.C. Klaus Semsroth

50 YEARS OF SPACTIAL PLANNING TRAINING AT THE TU WIEN - A success story, opens a file in a new window


Dipl.-Ing. Maximilian Jäger

CONNECTING SEPARATE FIELDS - A snapshot from the professional field of spatial planning, opens a file in a new window


Em. Univ. Prof. Dr. Franz Zehetner

50 YEARS OF SPATIAL PLANNING AND SPATIAL ORGANISATION AT THE TU WIEN: Reflections on public perceptibility, opens a file in a new window


BSc. Lina Karner

WIR RAUMPLANERINNEN* - a dialogue between the generations, opens a file in a new window

Counter-movements - giving the economy its place

March 2021 - December 2021, Vienna and Linz | Starting time: 7 pm

Inspired by Karl Polanyi's concept of counter-movements

The series of events takes up Karl Polanyi's motif of COUNTER-MOVEMENTS to take a critical look at the social struggles of our time as responses to a market capitalism that is out of control and to reflect on alternative designs and visions of a solidary and sustainable social development.

Giving the economy its place (March - June 2021)

Many social problems are caused by the fact that the economy is misunderstood as a market economy, making ecological and social concerns secondary. However, this narrow view of the economy often proves to be destructive, which is why the first part of the series looks for alternatives.

Capitalism and democracy (October - December 2021)

While socially pacified capitalism was accompanied by the expansion of democracy in the second half of the last century, it has since been contested in a new way. The second part of the event series discusses current developments and shows to what extent democracy is endangered today and how and where a democratic community is being fought for.

The programme (in German), opens a file in a new window is available for download.


Karl Polanyi - Giving the economy its place

Online | German

Panel discussion: Roland Atzmüller, Andreas Novy, Veronika Heimerl (Tbc), Markus Marterbauer

Moderation: Brigitte Aulenbacher


Richard Kozul-Wright - International trade and climate justice

Online | English

Commentary: Karin Fischer

Moderation: Roland Atzmüller


Andrew Cumbers - The return of the public 

Online | English

Commentary: Alexandra Strickner

Moderation: Roland Atzmüller


Ulrike Knobloch - Economy of supply

Online | German

Commentary: Andreas Novy

Moderation: Michael Getzner


Nancy Fraser - Incinerating nature: Why global warming is baked into capitalist Society 

Vienna: Coat of Arms Hall of the City of Vienna and online | English

Commentary: Brigitte Aulenbacher

Moderation: Andreas Novy


Nancy Fraser - Against the environmentalism of the rich: What capitalism's history can teach uns About ecopolitics

Linz: VHS Linz and online | English

Commentary: Andreas Novy

Moderation: Brigitte Aulenbacher 


Kelle Howson - The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for improving platform work in a global context

Online | English

Commentary: Benjamin Herr

Moderation: Roman Seidl 


Julie Froud - Renewing the foundational economy: a challenge of co-ordination

Online | English

Commentary: Jürgen Essletzbichler, Jakob Kapeller

Moderation: Alexander Hamedinger


Brigitte Aulenbacher, Tine Haubner and Cornelia Klinger in conversation: Money or life - care and care work in capitalism

Vienna: Technisch Gewerbliche Abendschule and online | German

Moderation: Andreas Novy


Brigitte Aulenbacher, Tine Haubner and Cornelia Klinger in dialogue: Well cared for in capitalism? Why and how care and care work are communalised, marketed and technologised

Linz: AK OÖ Bildungshaus Jägermayrhof and online | German

Commentary: Karin Leitner (AKOÖ)

Moderation: Roland Atzmüller


Alex Demirovic: Transformation by disaster or by design - why capitalism will not find its way back to normality

Vienna: VHS Ottakring and online | German

Commentary: Elisabeth Springer

Moderation: Alexandra Strickner 


Alex Demirovic - Rethinking economic democracy

Linz: AKOÖ Bildungshaus Jägermayrhof and online | German

Commentary: AKOÖ

Moderation: Johanna Grubner


Juliet Schor - Rehabilitating the Sharing Economy

Online | English

Commentary: Elke Schüßler, Katarzyna Gruszka

Moderation: Justin Kadi

Planning Education for Europe and beyond

10th -12th March 2021, online

The AESOP Heads of Schools Meeting 2021 will be hosted by TU Wien. More information about the event and AESOP can be found here, opens an external URL in a new window.

Thursdays, quarterly, 13:00-14:30 CET, online via Zoom

Following the Swedish tradition of the fika*, we warmly invite colleagues and especially students of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning to engage in dialogue with coordinators of different Thematic Groups (TGs) of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). Through this series of virtual get-togethers we would like to show the broad spectrum of AESOP communities and introduce different research traditions in planning, and beyond, and to discuss together new perspectives and current challenges.

This event is organised by Angelika Gabauer, Olivia Kafka and Sabine Knierbein and hosted by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, opens an external URL in a new window. It takes place in the context of the AESOP Heads of Schools Meeting Vienna 2021, opens an external URL in a new window and the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Spatial Planning study program.

For participation please register via email to

Find the Zoom-Link and further information here, opens a file in a new window!

*Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude in Swedish culture, that refers to taking time for friends and colleagues over a cup of coffee, tea or a small snack. Source, opens an external URL in a new window

Preliminary Programme


13:00 - 14:30

AESOP Thematic Group for Planning Education

Invited guests (coordinator and co-coordinator): Dr. Andrea Frank and Dr. Artur Rosa da Pires (confirmed)


13:00 - 14:30

AESOP Thematic Group for Planning and Complexity

Invited guest (coordinator): Dr. Ward Rauws (requested, tbc)



AESOP Thematic Group for Planning/Conflict

Invited guest (coordinator): Dr. Enrico Gualini (requested, tbc)



AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures

Invited guest (coordinator): Dr. ir. Ceren Sezer and Dr. Christine Mady (requested, tbc)

50 years of spatial planning at TU Wien: Study - teach - research

The Spatial Planning and Development programme at TU Wien is celebrating its 50th anniversary. An occasion to look back a little, but even more to look to the future. One of the ways we are doing this is with this book in our anniversary year. It contains scientific articles as well as "stories and anecdotes" from the last few decades. The articles encourage readers to think and reflect on their own spatial planning activities. It is a very special yearbook. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the degree programme in a world shaped by the Coronavirus pandemic. No matter how seemingly insurmountable the framework conditions may be, ensuring the sustainable development of space and our society through planning is and remains our primary goal. The TU Wien, and in particular the Spatial Planning and Development programme, will continue to make its contribution to this in research and teaching.

On 688 pages you will find a total of 53 contributions by 113 authors!

Don't miss out on this extensive & colourful collection of different contributions on the topics of spatial planning! You can purchase your personal copy here, opens an external URL in a new window!

9 Views of the Spatial Planning Yearbook 2020

Opening of dieRaum20 and presentation of the anniversary yearbook

19 and 20 November 2020

The opening event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Spatial Planning degree programme at TU Wien was a complete success - the celebrations will continue next year!

More than 100 people from spatial planning studies, research, teaching and practice met in virtual space on 19 and 20 November 2020 to discuss current challenges in spatial planning. Older and younger students reflected together on the last 50 years and also ventured a look into the future of the discipline. A varied programme, in which a wide variety of formats for organising events in virtual space were used, impressed the visitors.

For example, the anniversary yearbook of the degree programme - 50 Years of Spatial Planning - was presented in a playful way in the form of a bingo and discursively in smaller break-out sessions. Another highlight was the reading of selected yearbook contributions by the authors, supplemented by a commentary by spatial planning students and a subsequent discussion with the participants.

The event was planned by students as part of a special course that began in the summer and ended at the end of the event.

In addition to the presentation of the anniversary yearbook, the spatial planning exhibition dieRaum20 was also officially launched. This event is now also taking place entirely in digital space. The publication of student projects can be followed live until the end of this week! New projects will be posted online every day until 27 November.

Look forward to more interesting events in the coming year, in which the 50 years of spatial planning celebrations at TU Wien will continue!

Programme: Download, opens a file in a new window

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Screenshot of an online meeting
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Challenges, solutions and "next level"

20 and 21 February 2020 | TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna

The term "energy spatial planning" (ERP) has been heard more and more frequently in the Austrian research and university landscape for around 10 years. Spatial energy planning focuses on the interdisciplinary application of specialist knowledge, methodology and implementation processes from energy and spatial planning in order to provide sustainable support for buildings, neighbourhoods and regions in the energy transition.

In 2011, spatial energy planning was defined for the first time as an "integral part of spatial planning that deals comprehensively with the spatial dimension of energy consumption and energy supply" in an Austria-wide partnership of federal states, and the project "ENUR-Energy in Urban Space" was also launched in 2011 at the Department of Spatial Planning at TU Wien. Since then, a lot has happened in research, practice and teaching on the topic of ERP. For this reason, the Institute of Spatial Planning organised a two-day ERP conference together with the Austrian Society for Spatial Planning (ÖGR).

The conference included presentations and discussions from planning practice, research and business, which reported on previous experiences, but also reflected self-critically on how the "next level" of ERP could be created.

Moderators: Sibylla Zech & Rudolf Giffinger, TU Wien, Institute of Spatial Planning.

This conference took place as part of the anniversary "50 Years of Spatial Planning at TU Wien".

Programme: Download, opens a file in a new window

Energy Spatial Planning Conference

International Urban Studies Conference at TU Wien, Austria

20 – 22 November 2019

Host Institution: Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, opens an external URL in a new windowFaculty of Architecture and Planning, opens an external URL in a new windowTU Wien, opens an external URL in a new window, Karlsgasse 13/2, 1040 Vienna, Austria


Session Chairs: Nir Cohen and Sabine Knierbein

Care work has long been socio-spatially unequal. Not only has it traditionally been the work of ethno-racialized, classed and gendered minorities (e.g., women, slaves, and labour migrants), but it has been predominantly relegated to marginal, primarily privatized, spaces and places, marking it largely a problem of ‘idiosyncratic individuals’ rather than a social concern. Also, spatial inequalities play out significantly when it comes to local access and rights to resources. The panel invites papers that attend to the discourses and practices of care, through which these and other processes of social and spatial unevenness have been (re)-produced, negotiated and at times transformed. We welcome papers that advance our understanding of inequalities that undergird everyday spaces of (urban) care like hospitals, shelters, and homes but also those taking a more institutional and policy-oriented perspective on care giving, receiving, and highlighting the ways through which they unfold at – and unevenly impact – the urban landscape. We wish to encourage researchers working in different geographical, social and historical contexts and employing a wide range of theories and methodologies as well as an ethics of care.


Session Chairs: Kim Trogal and Tihomir Viderman

Care labour is essential in sustaining our societies and indeed is economically fundamental, yet it is work that is often disavowed, as are the very real material dependencies performed through care and care work. We recognise the longstanding ‘crisis of care’, which today manifests itself in the dismantling of the welfare state and the increasing externalisation and commodification of care. This can be more generally understood as the ways in which capitalism destroys its own conditions of possibility. This panel invites discussions and investigations into the range of struggles and contestations taking place around care, waged or unwaged. In these conditions, when people cannot actually re-produce and maintain the society in which they live, what responses and different forms of struggle are emerging, including not only progressive movements, but also conservative and reactionary backlashes? What resources or relations enable capacities to resist? How are these struggles connected to other related struggles and how might those forms of resistance or protest become actualised at the level of the neighbourhood or city?


Session Chairs: Angelika Gabauer and Henrik Lebuhn

With the restructuring of the welfare state including the dramatic housing crisis, the restructuring and reorganization of the labour market, and the rearrangement of family structures including the weakening of the traditional nuclear family model, the care sector has been undergoing major changes in recent decades. New transnational business models have emerged that specialize in exploiting regional inequalities, the precarisation of labour and il/legal forms of outsourcing and subcontracting. Struggles for care and recognition have given rise to new cross-actor solidarity movements and civic innovations such as forms of migrant care worker activism, multigenerational housing projects and queer parenting models. These, in turn, are often quite ambivalent themselves and torn between being integrated into neoliberal forms of self-responsabilisation, biopolitical self-optimization and collective resistance. This panel invites contributions that tackle dimensions between individualization and de-solidarisation on the one hand, and new forms of solidarity and collectivization on the other hand. It is interested in new arrangements and civic innovations in the field of care and asks specifically how these arrangements play out in the urban realm and how they relate to spatial conditions of in/justice in the city.

Book of abstracts: Download, opens an external URL in a new window

Video Documentation: Link, opens an external URL in a new window

Speaker at the podium
Speaker at the podium