Institut für Raumplanung
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About us

Head of Institute
Michael Getzner
Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Dr.rer.soc.oec.

Research, planning and teaching at the Institute of Spatial Planning (TU Wien) consider space in its manifold physical, relational, geografic, economic, cultural and social dimensions. Interdisciplinarity, cooperation, practical planning and decision making based on sound theoretical research, and the accumulation of planning knowledge, including the involvement of stakeholders - these are all essential characteristics of the Institute of Spatial Planing. These aspirations materialize in the disciplinary approaches that constitute research and teaching at the Institute: Besides "classical" realms of planning such as local and regional planning and development, disciplines include spatial and technology-related fields in law and legal studies, social sciences, economics, transportation and mobility planning, computer sciences, and cultural studies.

Goals and Principles

The Institute has set itself the goal of developing centres of competence in specific planning-related research issues in cooperation with other university institutions, public administrative bodies and private sector organisations. These centres of competence are to achieve visibility and importance both within Austria and beyond the national borders.

The following principles contribute to the achievement of this goal:

  • Stronger public positioning and improvement of the visibility of spatial planning as a cross-cutting issue throughout the Institute
  • Enhancement of the recognised status of the Research Units in teaching and research and as partners of public and private research commissioners
  • Cooperation and division of work between the Research Units in research, teaching and administration
  • Innovation and enhancement of efficiency through close cooperation between the Research Units within the Institute
  • Support of the Research Units and facilitation of their workload through the establishment of common Service Units