Workshop 13: Housing for growing cities
Thursday, 12 December 2013, 13.30-17.30
Vienna University of Technology, Kuppelsaal, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna

afterwards film presentation at "Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus"

The workshop theme
Vienna's population has been growing by 150,000 people within the last ten years and - according to the latest projections - will continue to increase strongly in the upcoming years. The dynamic population growth as well as other societal changes call for new strategies of urban housing policies for the future, in order to ensure a satisfying stock of affordable housing and a diverse social mix in different neighbourhoods and in the individual segments of the housing market. A discussion of how to create more living space in Vienna must therefore primarily address qualitative aspects of housing that both enable the creation of new accents in its urban development and make a significant contribution to its social fabric.
A number of current projects in the Vienna Housing Research Programme have addressed aspects of this issue and have focused among other things on the following questions:

  • Can the "Gründerzeit" quarters in Vienna with housing stock from the pre-1914 era still make a contribution to city growth? How can gentrification be counteracted?
  • What strategies of development of the housing stock of the 1950ies, 60ies and 70ies are to be pursued given the new social requirements?
  • What instruments and forms of participation are required in order to involve the population in a process of change?
  • How can high-quality design and long-term conservation of the city's green and open spaces, which are of great importance for the daily life of urban residents, be effectively ensured?
  • How can alternative forms of mobility be supported in housing? What experiences have been made with relevant pilot projects?

Margrit Hugentobler, head of housing forum at the ETH Zurich, raised in her guest lecture the question of quality-oriented density in old and new neighbourhoods and offered illustrations from international examples.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

14.30 Welcome and introduction
Michael Ludwig, Executive City Councillor for Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal

Wolfgang Förster, City of Vienna, MA 50, Department for Housing Research and International Relations

13.45 Socially just inner-city development
Guest lecture: Replace the old - densify the new. Examples of new urban housing qualities.
Margrit Hugentobler, ETH Zurich, Head of ETH Housing Forum - ETH CASE (Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment)

Vienna grows towards the inside, too. Growth potential in the "Gründerzeit" neighbourhoods.
Kurt Smetana, Atelier Kaitna Smetana | Florian Brand, HuB Architekten

15.15 Coffee break

15.45 Quality management in new housing construction and housing renewal
Criteria for improving housing supply in existing housing estates.
Christoph Lammerhuber, pool Architektur | Christoph Luchsinger, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture | Isolde Rajek, Rajek Barosch Landschaftsarchitektur | Manfred Schenekl, historian and urbanist

Providing green and open spaces in urban housing with limited means.
Gisa Ruland, Technisches Büro für Landschafts- und Freiraumplanung (Technical Office for landscape design)

Bike-friendly housing estates.
Michael Szeiler, Rosinak & Partner ZT GmbH


17.30 End of the workshop
18.00 Presentation of the film "How to live in Vienna?"
A film on the cultural history of housing in Vienna by Angelika Fitz and Michael Rieper
funded by the Vienna Housing Research Programme
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

afterwards buffet & drinks