Strolling around by using Lucius Burckhardt‘s method of ‘Strollology’ (Spaziergangswissenschaften)

In the city, we have at our disposal a wonderful maze of multifunctional public spaces. Seen as playgrounds, they are locations of childhood experiences. Furthermore, they are sports fields, meeting points for youngsters and for chats between neighbours. Therefore, they are the spaces where integration and public participation truly begin. They are the most easily accessible open spaces for everybody, so they have great potential for autonomy and social equality. Unfortunately, they are almost completely reduced to transport use, so they seem to be the most forgotten spaces: streets.

Personal and professional routines are usually helpful, but sometimes it can be more helpful to look at something with “fresh eyes”. Using an unconventional analysis method, streets are understood as integral places of people’s daily lives and as parts of neighbourhoods, each with its own history. The method is called “evidence-based work” and was developed from phytosociological methods and Lucius Burckhardt‘s “strollology” at the University of Kassel (Germany). The empirical approach and critical reflection of this method guarantee the realization of the underlying philosophy: to see inhabitants as the specialists of their own daily lives. We will experiment with these new viewpoints and the method of strollology in Vienna’s streets.

Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Vienna City Hall
Guide: Angelika Manner, Vienna University of Technology

Angelika Manner is a Vienna-based landscape planner and teaching associate at Vienna University of Technolgy and Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Photo Credit: Angelika Manner