24 July 2020
Austrian Architectural Culture
Vienna has its specific history through the essential shift from the modern metropolis of the Habsburg Empire in the 19th century to the capital of a small republic in the 20th century at the edge of the so-called Western World. This limited its growth through most of the last century. Therefore, the historic city scape was frozen until rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the old building substance started to take place. Nowadays the strategy of refurbishing traditional buildings for future use is considered to be extremely smart and sustainable. Vienna plays an essential model role in that field within theory and practice.
The academic program of the course Austrian Architectural Culture introduces this specific
approach. The first week gives an insight into social and cultural specifics of the modern
Habsburg metropolis around 1900 to explain the origin and function of the historic architecture
of the belle Epoque. Within the second week, the focus shifts to the crafts necessary for the
planner and designer of interventions in traditional architecture like building archaeology and
building preservation. During the final week, issues of life cycle costs for buildings and smart city
concepts will be discussed under the focus of adaptation and revitalization of traditional
The days will start each with a morning lecture preparing for the field trip and/or excursion
following under guidance of the lecturer of the day. Public lectures during the early afternoon
will allow experts to bridge the specific themes and topics of the various summer courses
offered by INNES Institute Vienna. The later afternoons and evenings are reserved for the social
The scope of the course is to increase the awareness for the options and opportunities of
building within a historic context beyond classical monument preservation. This Viennese Model
got some international awards in the past, but seems to offer wider perspectives under the
changed conditions following the current economic crises.
- Insight into hotspots of architectural culture in Vienna (past and present)
- Three weeks/three different focuses and multiple themes related to the city
- Theoretical lectures in combination with excursions
- Public afternoon presentations by cross-field experts
- Specialist-led tours to historical and current building sites
- Visits to planning offices as well as cultural and research institutions
- Social program
Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Caroline Jäger-Klein
students, professionals with background in engineering, art and design, business or architecture
Insight into hotspots in Austrian architecture of the past and the present - Weekly changing focus with presentations and field trips - Mixture of theoretical lectures and presentations by innovative researchers - Public evening lectures by internationally acclaimed experts - Specialist-led tours to historical buildings and current building sites - Visits to architectural offices, companies and research institutions.
Participants will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the summer school and all necessary documentation to validate the course at their home university.
EUR 1200: This is the reduced participation fee for students. Accommodation not included. Social program is included.