Creative processes in urban development and urban research

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.

The course offers an experimental and creative approach to urban research and urban development. Complementing the lectures delivered by the Vienna Visiting Professors, the course aims to develop skills to recognize the dynamics of the production and development of urban public space. The practice-oriented course is being carried out in two intensive on-site workshops in squares with formal and/or informal markets in Budapest and Vienna and with additional tutorial meetings in Vienna. Interdisciplinary teams work in small groups on 8 urban markets in both capital cities and collect observations, generate ideas, elaborate interventions or develop concepts for the development of the sites. The product of the course is the “urban market reader”, a collection of observations, analyzes and statements related to urban markets in the two cities.

Course concept: Levente Polyak / Roland Krebs

Summer Term 2011, Technische Universität Wien, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Link to the seminar.


Exkursion to Budapest in Mai 2011 // Interviews with Stakeholders of public space.

Some urban (food) markets in Europe and Central America