In the discussion about “liveable cities”, urban space is mostly perceived as either a form of vital neighbourhoods in vibrant areas or as neglected or unattractive areas that are emptied out and deprived of urban life. Depending not only on the situation of the built environment or the uses in a single location, but rather depending on the context of a place in a grid of flows and movement patterns, there are different methods that help us understand why we perceive space as “working” or not. The perception of a location and its surroundings depends on several parameters that influence each other and finally make us read it as an urban text.
The study project aimed to decode and understand how functions and uses are interconnected with the idea of the urban morphology that constitutes our imagination of the ‘European City’. For this purpose, we were studying four existing neighbourhoods (Mariahilfer Straße, Ottakring, Großfeldsiedlung Am Spitz) in Vienna and the master plan of the new urban development “Seestadt Aspern” with parts of the plan currently under construction. We were trying to understand in how far a masterplan can incorporate urbanists’ ideas and visions. This analysis and visualisation comprised the question in how far the creation of urban space is related to movement patterns and in how far those can be integrated in planning the urban realm.
The project with 45 students in the Masters programmes ‘European Urban Studies’ and ‘Advanced Urbanism’, and with Erasmus exchange-students was held as pilot project “International Blended Learning II .” of Bauhaus-University’s participation in the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) project “Offene Hochschulen” with its programme “Professional Bauhaus ”.
In collaboration of IfEU and InfAR with the chairs of
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Nentwig, (Project Development)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Donath (Informatics in Architecture)
Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt (Social science in urban research)
Dr. Sigrun Langer (Landscape Architecture and Planning)
Space Syntax, London (Model Project Partner of the Master’s programme ‘European Urban Studies’)
Ana Rita Estevão
Ana Sofia Jimenez Gutierez
Carla Rafaela Ebel
Gabriela Torres Morales
Hai Yen Nguyen
Hoai Phuong Tran
Ion Alexandru Retegan
Jan Dierk Stolle
Vaishali Anavatti Satyamurthy
Xuan Duong Bui
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Philippe Schmidt M.Sc. / Dipl.-Arch. Martin Bielik / Dr. Adél Gyimóthy