April 17 - September 2, 2013

THE VIENNA MODEL

Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Housing for the 21st Century City

Curators WOLFGANG FÖRSTER & WILLIAM MENKING
Curatorial Advisors & Exhibition Design:
SABINE BITTER & HELMUT WEBER

About The Show

This exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents a survey of public housing design in the Austrian capital of Vienna curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking. The exhibition will feature 36 case studies in Viennese public housing, accompanied by a responsive series of images of artworks curated by the Austrian collaborative duo Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber.

The City of Vienna has achieved extraordinary milestones with regard to public housing: today, about 60% of the Viennese population lives in municipally built, owned, or managed housing, and the city is clearly in control of the housing market. Vienna’s housing model contributes to a tangible positive impact; for the past four consecutive years, Vienna topped the Mercer “Quality of Living” survey as the city boasting the world’s highest quality of life in the world, was ranked second in The Economist’s 2012 “World’s Most Livable City”, and number eight in Monocle’s 2012 “World’s Most Livable Cities”.

The projects featured in The Vienna Model are characteristic for contemporary Viennese public housing trends, some little-known outside the city: The Kabelwerk Estate, which involved turning the grounds of an old electrical cable & wiring factory into an entirely new urban area (completed in 2007, Hermann & Valentiny & Partners, Mascha & Seethaler, Schwalm-Theiss-Gressenbauer, Martin Wurnig, pool Architektur, Werkstatt Wien Spiegelfeld, Holnsteiner & Co.). Other examples include an Inter-ethnic housing complex (Peter Scheinfinger and Partners, 1998-2000), Bike City (königlarch architects, 2005 – 2008), and the Sargfabrik (BKK-2, Johnny Winter, 1996 – 2001), a former coffin manufacturing plant turned into a housing complex: this project was planned by a residents’ group in Vienna’s densely built-up fourteenth district, and has since received international acclaim for its outstanding architecture as well as its social concept of introducing a new communal infrastructure into a low-profile urban area.

Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber were invited to look at the communal spaces and concepts in this show, and to speculate on how they resonate within artistic and cultural practices – thus expanding the architectural and urban discussion into a cultural discourse. The projects they selected include works by artists Alfredo Jaar, Ulrike Lienbacher, Sofie Thorsen, Bitter & Weber, and Michael Zinganel, as well as urban initiatives and projects such as add-on(2005), and Kunstgastgeber Gemeindebau (2012) which are supported by the Viennese Fund for Public Art, KÖR. Bitter and Weber also developed the unique design of the exhibition, which features graphics by Luke Bulman of Thumb.

Images

ACFNY Entrance & Gallery Views
Photo by David Plakke

ALT ERLAA HOUSING ESTATE, 1976
Architects: Harry Glück, Requat & Reinthaller & Partner, Kurt Hlaweniczka
Anton-Baumgartner- Strasse, 23rd District, Vienna
Photo by Media Wien

BEDNAR PARK / WOHNEN AM PARK, 2009
Architects: ppag architects
Edi-Finger Straße, 21st District, Vienna
Photo by Stadt Wien – MA 18 / Rupert Christanell

BIKE CITY, 2008
Architects: königlarch architects
Vorgartenstraße / Walcherstraße, 2nd District, Vienna
Photo by Wohnfonds Wien / Stephan Huger

ART HOST: KUNSTGASTGEBER GEMEINDEBAU (2012)
Poster
Courtesy of Gerald Straub

Peter FATTINGER, Veronika ORSO, Michael RIEPER
add on (2005)
Photographs and film
Photo by Michael Nagl
Courtesy of the artists

HEUSTADELGASSE, 2009
Architect: Helmut Wimmer
Sophie-Scholl-Gasse, Lobaugasse, 22nd District, Vienna
Photo by Wohnfonds Wien / Stephan Huger

INTER ETHNIC HOUSING ESTATE, 2000
Architects: Peter Scheinfinger and Partner
Anton-Baumgartner-Straße 129, 23rd District, Vienna
Photo by Wohnfonds Wien / Stephan Huger

JUNGE WIENER ESTATE, 2008
Architects: BEHF
Vorgartenstrasse, 2nd District, Vienna
Photo by Thomas Maria Laimgruber

KABELWERK ESTATE, 2002 – 2007
Architects: Mascha & Seethaler, Schwalm-Theiss & Bresich, Hermann & Valentiny, pool Architektur, Martin Wurnig, Branimir Kljajic, Werkstatt Wien, Rainer Pirker, the POOR BOYs ENTERPRISE
Oswaldgasse 33, 12th District, Vienna
Photo by Media Wien

Ulrike LIENBACHER
Idylle (2002)
Photograph
Photo by Rainer Iglar
Courtesy of the artist

MISS SARGFABRIK, 2000
Architects: BKK-3 in cooperation with Johnny Winter
Missindorfstrasse 10, 14th District, Vienna
Photo by Stadt Wien – MA 18 / Rupert Christanell

REUMANN-HOF HOUSING ESTATE, 1924
Architect: Hubert Gessner
Magaretengürtel 100-110, 5th District, Vienna
Photo by Wohnfonds/GSD Ges. für Stadt-u. Dorferneuerung Ges.mbH

SPERR 17 ROOFTOP EXTENSION, 2004
Architects: Sigs
Sperrgasse 17, 15th District, Vienna
Photo by Wohnfonds Wien / Hertha Hurnaus

WERKBUND-SIEDLUNG, 1932
Architect (pictured project): Gerrit T. Rietveld
Woinovichgasse 14, 16, 18 and 20, 13th District, Vienna
Photo by Wiener Substanzerhaltungsg.m.b.H.& Co KG / Thomas Maria Laimgruber

WIENERBERG CITY URBAN DEVELOPMENT, 2002-2004
Architect: Günter Lautner
Hertha-Firnberg-Straße 7-9, 11th District, Vienna
Photo by Bruno Klomfar

WIENERBERG CITY URBAN DEVELOPMENT, 2000-2004
Architect: Helmut Wimmer
Hertha-Firnberg-Straße 7-9, 11th District, Vienna
Photo by Stadt Wien – MA 18 / Rupert Christanell

Michael ZINGANEL
Freiraum Superblock: Leerstellen im Sozialen Wohnbau (1994)
Photograph and slideshow
Courtesy of the artist

Curators' Statement

Press Release

Press Release (German)

Credits

Curators Wolfgang Förster & William Menking
Curatorial Advisors & Exhibition Design Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber
Graphic Design Thumb, New York
Exhibition Coordinator Natascha Boojar
Exhibition Assistants Leonie Bockelmann, Valerie Matheis, Katharina Rieck, Marlene Rutzendorfer, Paula Watzl

This exhibition is made possible by the Department for Housing, Housing Construction, and Urban Renewal of the City of Vienna.

Supporting Institutions of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York: Esterházy Winery, RB International Finance (USA) LLC, Stiegl, Zumtobel

Special thanks to Patrick Cadenhead, Franklin Castanien, Ian Horn, Brian Sharrock, Joel Sheakoski and Geraldine Lau

Tue ‒ Thu: 09am ‒ 07pm
Fri ‒ Mon: 09am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $25
Children & Students free

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