Mobile Workshops

Mobile Workshops will take academic discussion into the city by exploring specific spaces in Vienna thematically linked to the track sessions of the conference.
Workshops are professionally guided tours by our academic staff and/or practitioners from relevant fields. Mobile Workshops are taking place on Saturday, 22/09 from 2pm – 5pm to conclude the conference. All Mobile Workshops depart from and end at the conference venue.

Download a pdf file with the descriptions of all Mobile Workshops here.

Workshop 1 Unknown underground Vienna
Dr. Helena Linzer
Vienna University of Technology, Department of Spatial Planning
Barbara Timmermann

Hidden away from the eyes of locals and visitors alike, Vienna boasts a labyrinth of underground passageways, cellars and burial crypts. Although many of them were badly damaged or destroyed in the WWII or in the course of post-war re-developments, Vienna still offers plenty of spectacular and eerie surprises underneath its surface. The tour starts with the unique baroque burial crypt of St. Michael's, we continue with the Roman and medieval excavations on Michaelerplatz and end with a visit of a number of historic cellars.

Workshop 2 Jewish Vienna – Past & Present

Unfortunately this workshop cannot take place due to insufficient registrations.

Workshop 3 Recent Architectural Projects
Dr. Peter Bleier
Vienna University of Technology

The architectural and urban development projects of the more recent past concentrate on the urban expansion areas to the north of the Danube and in the southern areas to the north of the Danube and in the southern part of the city. This tour takes visitors to large residential developments (e.g. Donaucity), public infrastructure facilities and numerous high-rise projects (e.g. Twin Towers, Millennium Tower), but also refurbished historical buildings converted to new uses (e.g. the Gasometer development).

Workshop 4 Drivers of Metropolitan and Inclusive Development. Vienna’s New Main Station
Dr. Oliver Frey, Franziska Lind
Vienna University of Technology, Department of Spatial Planning

Cities alike face the fact of constant change. While some have to cope with multiple processes of decline, others are - at least politically - calling at urban growth. Vienna is targeting at becoming a Central European metropolis, implying the development and attraction of metropolitan functions. This tour is to visit one of the huge urban projects, that are currently being constructed - the new Vienna main station. From the dedicated lookout tower one can gain a great view over the quarter to see, how the project influences the fabric of the city.

Workshop 5 Vienna Waterfront Development @ Old Danube, Now and Then
MSc Justin Kadi, DI Johannes Suitner
Vienna University of Technology, Department of Spatial Planning

Vienna’s relation to the river Danube has always been ambivalent. As a trading route it was a co-founder of the city’s economic importance, while at the same time it had to be tamed due to its devastating power. Nowadays the several branches of the river host recreational areas and social housing projects, next to economic and consumption-oriented functions. This tour takes us to Alte Donau (‘Old Danube’) as one branch, that is of specific interest in this concern. Besides its traditional function as a recreational area, one can observe various tendencies of real-estate development, be it publicly or privately induced, wished or unwished by local authorities - with changing objectives of serving an urban strategy over time.

Workshop 6 Historical Vienna
DI Ian Banerjee
Vienna University of Technology, Department of Spatial Planning

Vienna's settlement history goes way back to Roman times (remnants of which can still be seen in the city centre). The historic city enjoyed its first period of prosperity in the Middle Ages. The destruction of the old city walls and the construction of the Ringstrasse, a broad circular boulevard lined by numerous magnificent buildings, marked the transition to the modern era. This tour highlights the development from ”old” into ”new” Vienna.

Workshop 7 Urban Transformation of labour and leisure

Unfortunately this workshop cannot take place due to insufficient registrations.

Workshop 8 Social Housing Past and Present
Experts of “housing research” (MA 50), City of Vienna

In Vienna, social housing has a long tradition dating back to the early 20th century. With some 230,000 councilowned flats (25% of all flats in Vienna), the City of Vienna is one of the world's largest landlords. Among the destinations of this tour are well-known ”Red Vienna” municipal housing developments of the 1920s and 1930s (e.g. the Karl Marx-Hof) with their ample green spaces in the inner courtyards and generous communal facilities. To provide a comparison, the tour will also visit a number of more recent developments.

Workshop 9 My Vienna (guided by Students)
Students of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Vienna University of Technology

Vienna is a city which is formed by quite strong and successful stereotypes. Young people who come to Vienna to study are often interested in aspects and areas of the city apart those stereotypes to extend their impressions of the city. This tour, which is guided by students from the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, puts the spotlight on rather ”different sides” of Vienna.

Workshop 10 Urban Renewal

Unfortunately this workshop cannot take place due to insufficient registrations.

Workshop 11 New urban development site: “aspern Vienna's Urban Lakeside”
Claudia Nutz
Management of Wien 3420 AG

aspern Vienna's Urban Lakeside covers an area of 2.4 million sq m (roughly equalling the combined 7th and 8th municipal districts of Vienna or 340 football pitches; comprises 8,500 housing units for 20,000 residents; offers 20,000 workplaces: 15,000 of the planned jobs will be in offices and for service providers; 5,000, in production and commercial enterprises; will be a hub for research, development and education in Vienna. In addition, the area will be serviced by two tube stations, trams and bus lines. Behind the city of tomorrow, there is a strong brand: the name “aspern Vienna’s Urban Lakeside” with its logo shaped to recall he future ring-road as well as the slogan “The Full Life” convey already today a picture of the living, housing and working spaces of tomorrow. The whole development process is scheduled at over two decades. For this reason, the brand is set to speak of what is not yet visible today but will become reality in the future. The plus sign stands for the sum total of all advantages and qualities embodied by aspern.

Workshop 12 Gasometer and surroundings

Unfortunately this workshop cannot take place due to insufficient registrations.

Workshop 13 Creating urban microcosms
DI MSc Tihomir Viderman, Johanna Aigner
Vienna University of Technology, Department of Spatial Planning

Creating urban microcosms – establishing a link between strategic planning and Vienna's neighborhoods: For more than 20 years the City of Vienna has been chanting the mantra “Vienna is different”, while improving its urban environment, which is valued worldwide for its high quality of living. Yet, large-scale infrastructural, waterfront and urban (re-)development projects, as well as urban policies dedicated to boosting the city’s competitiveness do not seem to evoke a substantially distinctive planning approach. In search of planning distinctiveness, this tour takes the participants to Hernals, a neighborhood not part of the city’s central spaces, and brings them into contact with local planning actors. The aim is to gain an insight into how diverse interests, initiatives and strategies negotiated at different planning levels shape planning culture of this neighborhood, as well as to understand how (both institutionalized and informal) local actors’ work is embedded into the City of Vienna’s planning hierarchy. The question to be discussed is how they merge firm regulations of the city’s master plan with communication-based planning at the local level.

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