New Social Housing

On occasion of the IBA (International Building Exhibition) Vienna 2022, the studio research of this year is dedicated to new forms of social housing.

In this context, we aim at interpreting anew what is meant with “social”, as it has become so laden with assumptions, that it is not always certain what is meant by it. The social has different meanings and is also subject to continuous change. Today, media and notably social media alter and replace the social realm. In the Anthropocene, the social cannot just be about relations among people, but should take a wider natural and material context into account, urging us to speculate on what new social housing might be.
During the studio, we’ll produce an overview of the most important concepts for and positions on social housing, as they have been developed over the last 150 years. At the same time, we will study the history of social housing in Vienna in depth, comparing it with that of other European cities. Since, strangely enough, there is no existing comparative international overview or standard work on social housing, we will also start a web archive of a collection of more and less known social housing projects, concentrating especially on their typologies and backgrounds. The archive will be used as a point of departure to produce scenarios meant to anticipate future tendencies in social housing. Part of the summer semester will also be dedicated to the preparation of an installation on the topic of the studio, to be shown in Venice during the 2018 Architecture Biennale and on the Internet. Finally, we will try to profit as much as possible from the events organised by the IBA Vienna, undertaking excursions to Vienna and Frankfurt.

Parallel Worlds of Privacy / Nikoloz Jabadari

PRIVACY the state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people and the state of being free from public attention. People have been living together for ages. Being nomads, we used to move from one place to another, in the search of food, making a living, but at some point, […]

#Housing#Society#Complexities / Sophie Gumpold & Diana Tschenett

#housing#society#complexities refers to changes in society, how they shape architecture and the influence architects can have on communities through housing projects. Varied case studies supported by theoretical work of sociologists, economists and philosophers were the basis for trying to define tendencies in housing.

The Social Condenser: From the Social to the Commercial / Martin Danler & Tim Kerschbaumer

A breeding ground for a modern and refined inhabitant. That is the quintessential definition of a social condenser. Of course it is not the only one. There is a multitude of different definitions that all incorporate different facets of the social condenser and what its target was. The trouble with a comprehensive definition of the […]

Radical Housing / Lisa Irrgang & Maxime Victor

„The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. […]