Sustainable cities – urban design to achieve SDG 11

Elisabeth Oberzaucher
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2020S, Proseminar (PS), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03109


Evolutionary design takes into account the biological foundations of human perception, cognition and behaviour, thus leading to more usable and intuitive solutions. In the face of climate change, we need to come up with novel ways how to be less wasteful with the resources of our planet. Past experience has shown that information campaigns have little success in leading to sustainable change in behaviour. Therefore we will discuss how design interventions can be made use of in triggering changes in behaviour. Through making sustainable behaviour easier people can be nudged to choose the option that hurts our planet less. We will discuss potential applications and investigate how smart cities can contribute to make urban life more sustainable, and where different solutions are needed. 

Examination Modalities

Presentation during term plus written summary

Participation is compulsory for all meetings

Final oral examination


Presence throughout the course is a requirement

Students from other faculties or universities will be given a place on the course subject to room capacities.


02 March 2020, 09:00–12:45 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
13 May 2020, 09:00–12:45 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
15 June 2020, 13:45–17:00 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
25 June 2020, 09:00–11:45 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room

Course Enrolment

From 28 January 2020, 10:24 to 29 March 2020, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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

Individual courses: possible