Workshop 15: Lifestyles | Residents‘ satisfaction | Safety
Thursday, November 3rd 2016 | 10:30-18:00 Uhr
TU Vienna | Kuppelsaal | Karlsplatz 13 | 1040 Vienna

The workshop theme
Vienna is boosting social housing construction. While the creation of new subsidised housing will reach a new peak in the coming years, entire new districts are already emerging at various locations around the city. The quality standards set for all stages, from planning through to completion, are high. The degree, to which completed housing projects meet the needs and expectations of later residents, can only be determined after the first dwellers have moved in. The gradual settlement of dwellers in the new city quarters Seestadt Aspern and Sonnwendviertel provides a unique opportunity to survey residents’ satisfaction and gain valuable insights which, in turn, act as lessons for future projects. This year’s workshop will focus specifically on residents’ perceived security, which can be influenced by multiple factors, from the design of the building to the types of neighbourhood that form. 

A series of projects completed within the housing research programme have picked up on aspects of this subject and assessed questions such as:

  • Which expectations do residents have towards their new housing environment?
  • Which living environments, cultures, lifestyles and neighbourhoods are developing and creating new demands towards housing?
  • How does social sustainability, a goal set for new quarters, manifest itself in completed projects?
  • Which role does the feeling of security play in the overall perception of housing environments?
  • Which aspects influence the feeling of security and how can housing policy make a positive impact here?

Focusing on public utility housing
Initiated by Executive City Councillor Dr. Michael Ludwig, this year’s event will begin in the morning, with local and international experts discussing perspectives for the dissemination and safeguarding of the concept of limited-profit housing in Europe. The debate will form the kick-off to a Viennese initiative on a European level.


10.30 Part 1: Public Utility Housing: Time-tested answers to new questions – affordable housing in view of rising demand

Welcome words
Wolfgang Förster, City of Vienna, Municipal Department for Housing Promotion, Head of Unit IBA_Wien, Housing Research and International Relations

Opening speech
Michael Ludwig, Executive City Councillor for Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal

Keynote lectures
Werner Faymann, former Federal Chancellor of Austria
Gunther Adler, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

In discussion with
Dorothee Dubrau, Mayor for Urban Development and Construction, Leipzig
Michael Pech, Austrian Siedlungswerk Limited-Profit Housing Corporation, Vienna
Karl Wurm, Austrian Federation of Limited-Profit Housing Associations

Moderation: Johanna Setzer

13.00 Lunch buffet

14.00 Part 2: Issues of residents’ satisfaction – demands and requirements for new urban quarters

Introductory remarks
Georg Fellner, City of Vienna, Municipal Department Housing Research, unit leader

Lake City (Seestadt Aspern) Settlement Monitoring   
Christoph Reinprecht & Cornelia Dlabaja, University of Vienna, Department of Sociology

Residents’ satisfaction at Sonnwendviertel development area  
Anja Christanell, Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development, Vienna

In discussion with
Felix Josef, Triconsult Economic Analysis and Research GmbH, Vienna
Peter Neundlinger, Housing Service Vienna GmbH

Moderation: Johannes Lutter, europaforum wien

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Part 3: Sense of security as a key factor of residents’ satisfaction

Guest lecture
Crime and perceived safety in residential environments
Joachim Häfele, Institute for Safety and Prevention Research, Hamburg

Residents’ satisfaction in the context of security and housing
Raimund Gutmann & Margarete Huber, wohnbund:consult, Wien/Salzburg

Security and housing quality  
Josef Hameter & Verena Paul, Office space and plan – spatial planning | landscape planning | consulting, Vienna

In discussion with
Irmgard Eder, City of Vienna, MA 37 – Building Inspection, Unit for Fire Protection Requirements und Building Physics
Birgitt Haller, Institute of Conflict Research, Vienna

18.00 End of the workshop