We are becoming urban people. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. This "external urbanization" is accompanied by an "internal urbanization". We shape the city and the city shapes us: mentally, socially, culturally. This interaction can be analyzed particularly well in Vienna and its historical dimension can be understood. To trace the impact of history and to explore the city with all senses is the primary goal of my urban research. The search for new insights is as important as current issues and problems of urban development.

The City and the Senses | Public Space & Urban Furniture | Technical Infrastructure | Traffic | Public Perception of Time | Film & Cinema | Jewish Culture | Forgotten Artists & Journalists | “Vienna Types” | Corona Crisis

Publications  (Overview)

Orderly and Beautiful. Designing the Urban Environment Anew.In: Tom Koch, Stephan Deleschal: Mid-Century Vienna. An Archeology of a Bygone Era. Vienna 2021, 50-55.

From Sound to Noise. The History of Hearing in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. In: Martin Tröndle (Ed.): Classical Concert Studies. A Companion to Contemporary Research and Performance. New York-London 2021, 150-162.

The Viennese Ringstrasse. Furnishing and Presenting a Magnificent Boulevard. In: Miodrag Kuc (Ed.): Hacking Urban Furniture. Berlin 2020, 62-66.

The Age of Noise. Early reactions in Vienna, 1870-1914. In: Journal of Urban History (JUH). Vol. 33/Nr. 5, July 2007, 773-793.

The City and Garbage. Historical reflections on civilization. In: Christoph Scharff, Christian Stiglitz (Ed.): Waste between Lifestyle and Repression. Vienna 2006, 29-35.

The City and the Clock. Public time perception in Vienna, from 1850 to 1914. (Download)