Workshop 10: Affordable - social - sustainable
Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 14.00-18.00 (followed by cocktail)
Wolke 19, Ares-Tower, Donau-City-Straße 11, 1220 Vienna
Workshop with the Vienna Housing Weeks 2011

The workshop theme
Public housing faces the challenge of meeting diverse requirements: creating architecturally attractive buildings that enrich the cityscape; using up-to-date technologies that ensure ecological sustainability; establishing social infrastructure that raises tenants' satisfaction and supports peaceful cohabitation - and above all social housing has to remain affordable and accessible for economically vulnerable groups. In view of these conditions a continuous reflexion and development of Vienna housing policy is necessary in order to maintain the high level of quality.

Against this background, the 10th Vienna Housing Research Day presented a number of research projects touching on different aspects of the thematic cluster "affordable - social - sustainable":

  • Assuring affordability. How to ensure that cost-efficient housing can is constructed in the near future? How targeted are public subsidies?
  • Social sustainability. Apart from economic, ecological and architectural aspects, social sustainability is considered a main criterion when evaluating the quality of housing projects in Vienna. What does social sustainability mean? And what marks successful projects?
  • Housing needs and tenants' satisfaction. What are the expectations of the Viennese towards living standards? And can these be met by public housing?

Patrick Gmür, director of the urban development office in Zurich, showed in his guest lecture housing strategies of the City of Zurich and how high quality can be combined with affordability of housing projects.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

14.00 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

14.15 Guest Lecture
Zurich: Living city - city for living. Urban - green - diverse
Patrick Gmür, Director, Urban Development Office, Zurich

14.45 Social Sustainability
Social sustainability in housing
C. Angelmaier, C.A. Enterprises

Social justice and housing quality
Günther Ogris, SORA Institute for Social Research and Analysis


16.15 Coffee Break

16.45 Affordability
Simply social housing
Robert Korab, Raum & Kommunikation Korab KEB - Technisches Büro für Städtebau und Raumplanung

Demand side subsidies in Vienna - an evaluation
Wolfgang Amann, IIBW - Institut für Immobilien, Bauen und Wohnen GmbH


18.00 Cocktail & Networking