854328 Landscape planning - field trip II

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Mayrhofer, Rita
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


(Participatory) planning is political and plays an important role in the democratic development of our built environment. In this course, we work with planning theories and practices that concern political-public spaces, paying particular attention to the perspective of citizens' initiatives and civil society organisations and their interfaces with (local) government and administration.

Participants of this course (which is also offered in combination with the VS 854330) will conduct empirical and secondary research on the economic, social and spatial framework conditions of different (participatory) planning processes.The aim is to identify opportunities for strengthening genuine participation and civic engagement in urban and landscape planning.

We will collaborate with the civil society organisation “Solektiv”, which plans and self-organises the public space "Sonnenpark St. Pölten". Sonnenpark is located in the former industrial district in the south of St. Pölten (the capital of Lower Austria with a population of roughly 57.600 inhabitants). The area is designated as construction site but has - since many years - been successfully defended by committed citizens as a public open space. It offers many opportunities to explore different (participatory) planning approaches and their interfaces.

Previous knowledge expected

Knowledge of landscape planning theories and survey methods;
Basic knowledge of social science research methods is an advantage (qualitative interviews, thematic analysis, stakeholder analysis, literature research).

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- design a qualitative research project
- organise research processes in a group
- describe and compare different participatory planning approaches and forms of self-organisation in theory and practice
- recognise and explain public-political spaces
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.