Design has many different functions, particularly in cities. Hardly anywhere else does the discipline vary to the same degree between driving gentrification and public engagement – both often with the same goal in mind: by performing in public space, making it useful out of whatever motivation, and transforming it. But whose interests are foregrounded in interventions in urban space? How are they received by local residents? What role does politics play in all this? How can barriers be eliminated, users’ interests be taken into account, and the greatest possible participation of people with disabilities be guaranteed? And what could new, more experimental, and more flexible forms of cooperation, residential construction, and an inclusive urban society be like? With these things in mind, renowned experts will unfurl a thematic field involving participation, inclusion, urban planning, unhindered mobility, and public space where spending money is not required.
With: Zmary Gharwal (SocialWorkHUB), Herbert Bork (Agenda Alsergrund), Sabine Gretner (Superar), Ursula Naue (Senior lecturer, Department of Political
Sciences, University of Vienna)
Moderation: Lene Benz (Architekturzentrum Wien)
It’s a wrap! Talk followed by presentation of the 2019 Stadtarbeit projects: How have the projects developed? What’s next?