Homo urbanus – evolutionary considerations for the city of future

Elisabeth Oberzaucher
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2019W, Proseminar (PS), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03108


Evolutionary processes have shaped humans perception, cognition and behaviour. Modern cities have little to do with our environment of evolutionary adaptedness. The mismatch between evolved mechanisms and urban life bring about challenges that cannot be met by relying on biological mechanisms, alone. Cultural and technological innovations both allow to find new answers and pose new environmental challenges. Knowledge about the biological foundations of human-environment interactions can provide a basis for designing cities in line with human preferences and demands. We will discuss possibilities how to make cities more humane places.

Examination Modalities

During the first session, readings will be assigned which will be discussed during the second session. 

There will be an oral exam at the end of term.

Key Words

urban challenges, public space, behavior, mobility, architecture


15 October 2019, 09:00–13:30 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Seminar Room 1
31 October 2019, 09:00–13:30 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Seminar Room 1
16 January 2020, 12:45–17:00 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
31 January 2020, 13:00–14:00 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room (examination)
11 February 2020, 13:30–14:30, "Location Althanstrasse 12, 1090 Vienna" (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 17 September 2019, 10:31 to 15 October 2019, 10:31
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Deepening / Application: Science and Technology

Individual courses: possible