Workshop 14: Housing as a tool for city making
Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 14.00-18.00 p.m. (followed by cocktail)
Vienna University of Technology, Kuppelsaal, Karlsplatz 13, 4. OG, 1040 Wien

The workshop theme
For many years, housing and urban renewal policy in Vienna has been one of the most powerful motors of urban transformation – both in new development areas and in the existing stock. The highly specialised instruments of social housing meet the demanding quality standards in terms of affordability, architecture, ecological or social sustainability. Yet, the dynamic growth of the city population poses new challenges: Housing policy not only has to provide for housing supply on a large scale, but needs to contribute to city making. New, vibrant urban quarters are required, that even more than today integrate different functions like living and working, education and leisure; and which manage to “interact” with the surrounding urban district and its inhabitants. Before this background, the workshop focus on the urban design dimension of housing. 

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:

  • How to strive for integrated district development already in the planning process of new housing construction?
  • What role may the new instrument of two-stage housing developers’ competitions play in “incorporating” new housing estates into the urban context?
  • How to assure the quality, accessibility and usability of green and open spaces in large development projects?
  • What qualities and accompanying measures are required in new neighbourhoods to allow for “old” and “new” to grow together, and make sure that new residents and the established population both benefit from developments?

As a starting point, the Scientific Director of the renowned German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu), Martin zur Nedden, in his lecture talked about demands on housing policy as a crucial element of integrated urban development and presented findings from a recent study on mixed use and social diversity in urban districts.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

14.00 Opening

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

Georg Fellner, City of Vienna, MA 50, Department for Housing Research and International Relations

Johannes Lutter, europaforum wien

14.20 From specialised housing construction to integrated district development

Guest lecture: Housing policy as a crucial element of integrated urban development
Martin zur Nedden, Scientific Director and CEO, German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu), Berlin

15.00 Qualities of open space and social sustainability in new urban quarters – quality management through process design

Assuring social sustainability through two-stage housing developers competitions
Raimund Gutmann & Margarete Huber, wohnbund:consult, Salzburg & Vienna
15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Qualities of open space and social sustainability in new urban quarters – quality management through process design (part 2)

Quality of open and green spaces in new residential areas
Anna Detzlhofer & Stephanie Drlik, DnD Landschaftsplanung, Vienna

16.40 Living together in new urban quarters – dwelling conditions and social neighbourhood development

Housing architecture and qualities of the spatial living environment
Felix Josef, Triconsult Wirtschaftsanalytische Forschung GmbH, Rudi Kohoutek, Urbane Initiativen

Living in high-rise residential buildings
Christoph Reinprecht & Cornelia Dlabaja, University of Vienna, Institute for Sociology

18.00 Informal networking and buffet

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

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