854310 Subsistence as basis for open space planning

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kölzer, Andrea
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


From small causes and big effects.

Small planning solutions often provide more room for manoeuvre in the everyday life of peoples. Exemplyfied by different types of open spaces we are going to examine their potential and role for a subsistence-oriented life style. We will have a closer look at:
- private plots and gardens in the town,
- courts in the country,
- neighborhood gardens and communal gardens,
- international gardens and
- public spaces.
We will analyze the qualities of the places and discuss how a more subsistence-oriented approach in planning processes can change the qualities of planning solutions and subsequently the quality of open space.

Furthermore, we deal with the elementary bases of subsistence: to the access to ground and seeds.

A literature review and discussions on theoretical contribution on open space planning and subsistence will give you an introduction and possibility to reflect on the theoretical background. For that will read an analyze philosophical, political and scientific literature:
- Claire Pentecost who, from an artist's perspective, reflects on the meaning of ground and seeds,
- Vandana Shiva who fights against seeds monopolies and patents and introduces an earth democracy as an alternative to the neoliberal globalisation,
- Elinor Ostrom who has examined the use and role of common property,
- Nico Paech who writes from an economist's perspective about the liberation from the abundance in a post-growth economy,
- Peter Bieri who addresses the question how we want to live.
- the Philosophers of the Difference, who encourage us to carry our own desire in the world and to form it,
- Hannah Arendt who teaches the love to the world, and
- Simone Weil who emphasises the meaning of the attention for the everyday.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After completion of the seminar, students
- can identify the different aspects of subsistence in everyday life.
- can assess planning issues and decisions regarding their effects on the subsistence.
- have reflected on their professional ethics in regard to subsistence and its role in open space planning and landscape planning and can express their professional values.
- have trained their team-work skills.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.