852316 Global design studio

Project course
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


Cooperation between Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Department of Landscape Architecture (USA) - Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Budapest, Department of Landscape Protection and Reclamation (Hungary) - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Institute of Landscape Architecture (Austria).

Vienna and Budapest are sister cities that share a common history from the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which is still visible in the overall urban layout. The twentieth century brought significant changes when Hungary was part of the Eastern block and Austria became a neutral state, navigating between East and West. The future is shaped by the opportunities of membership in the European Union by both countries, allowing for free travel and work. Today, Budapest and Vienna are highly attractive cities to live in and prime tourist destinations to visit. “They are bound by a common destiny, tradition, and culture, yet divided by their history, character, tradition, and culture as well” (Hának, Péter 1998: The Garden and the Workshop. Essays on the Cultural History of Vienna and Budapest. Princeton University Press).

The summer program will analyze the urban pattern and open spaces of Budapest and Vienna as case studies for urban quality of life. The analysis will include the "visible" elements of a city (e.g. spatial concept of an open space design, design elements, materials, etc.) and the "invisible" aspects, which are influencing open spaces (e.g. policies, regulations, tradition, overall goals for the open spaces etc.).
Within the overall frame of "qualities of urban life", the program will introduce two collaborative workshops (in Vienna and in Budapest) that consider different aspects influencing qualities of urban life, like housing, mobility, open space network, climate change etc. on different scales.
The two workshops will address the open space system of both cities and explore how selected street scape improvements can contribute to the overall open space network.

Previous knowledge expected

Students must have design experience on urban and object level. Skills in drawing and visualisation are prerequisites. They must be on a master level. For BOKU students the following mastercourses are prerequisites:

852.314 - Objektplanerisches Projekt
852.113 - CAD-Projekt
852.318 - Landschaftsarchitektur II
855107 - Introduction to urbanism (recommended)
852006 - Contemporary Urbanism (recommended)
852.315 - Theorie und Methodik zur Landschaftsarchitektur (recommended)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Strengthen design competence, applying different methods of site reading and interpretation;
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.