Transformations II 2023: Uncertainty, public space, pandemics and digital platforms

Core Subjects

In dialogue with the annual theme this seminar critically engages with discourses on uncertainty, urban public space and the recent transformations of cities under the Covid-19 pandemic and the arrival of digital platforms. Building on the Transformations I module we mobilize theoretical and historical knowledges and approaches from the field of urban studies. Based mainly on the academic disciplines of critical urban geography, architecture and planning theory, and urban sociology, the module has three key aims.

First, it gives students from different undergraduate studies a collective background to navigate the interdisciplinary academic field of urban studies. The close reading, written reflection and commenting of key texts in the seminar allows students to advance their understanding of urban theories and concepts. In addition, presentations on key projects in urban development allow to mobilize conceptual debates for critical reflection. The second aim of the module is to support students in developing their academic reading and writing skills. This refers not only to reading and analysing academic texts. Students will prepare position papers and a final essay. The third aim of the module is rather an aspiration: to make theoretical thinking part of the toolbox for students of urban design beyond the theory class. It is set out to collectively recognise that urban transformations are always led by assumptions around what ‘the good city’ is.



Wednesdays 09:00 - 11:30
HVP-3.108 / Seminar room VII


Prof. Dr. Monika Grubbauer


Professor, History and Theory of the City

Dr. Fabian Namberger


Academic Staff, Postdoc Sociology