TU Wien – Creative Processes in Urban Development and Urban Research with Roland Krebs

The notion of creativity has been a central topic in current urban research. However, in most research agendas, creative processes are often reduced to artistic practices or to activities within the creative industries. Expanding the definition of urban creativity, the Creative Processes in Urban Development and Urban Research course aims to investigate various micro-economic practices that reclaim their share of public space. With a special focus to urban markets, the course will explore the role of organizations and civil initiatives in the production of urban space as well as the dynamics between informal and institutional actors. With the help of concentrated on-site workshops and regular tutorial meetings, and by cooperating with their Hungarian counterparts, students will conduct research in groups within this framework to analyze specific food markets in Budapest and Vienna, looking at urban markets as public spaces, communal situations, nodes in food infrastructures, interfaces of social integration and economic engines.