OUT NOW: Future Public Spaces

What is required to renew and articulate public spaces?

The need for, and demands of, public spaces are highly specific to the local spatial and social conditions under which people live. Action at neighborhood level is crucial, and must involve interacting and co-creating with residents to discover their needs. At the start of the pandemic, superwien was commissioned to develop innovative designs for urban public spaces in three different cities: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Maputo (Mozambique), and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). The main objective of this applied research was to strengthen the capacity of local governments to undertake participatory urban design processes. This book calls upon architects and urbanists to develop place-based solutions in challenging circumstances.

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NEW PUBLICATION: Metropolitan Design as a New Discipline

We are excited to announce the publication of the new MetroLab book!

This publication introduces the new discipline of metropolitan design by sharing innovative and international knowledge of interconnected mobility, balanced growth, resilient landscapes and integrated programming of metropolitan regions and provides co-creative tools to develop future-proof and highly liveable city regions.

Publishing in February 2023 by jovis.
Find more information here: https://www.jovis.de/en/books/metrolab.html


JUNE 02, 2023 | 16:00 – 19:00

Every street is interesting, if you hear the stories and meet the people. Roland and Eugene, from SuperWien and Whoosh, will show you this on a tour of their Graetzl.

Zirkusgasse is not a well-known street, but it has so much to offer. We will make a sociological, historical, political, artistic and playful walk along a not-so-long and not-so-boring part of Leopoldstadt. 
Why is it called Zirkusgasse? Who lives here? Why did we send our kids to schools on the street? What does it mean to live in Jewish Vienna, in hipster Wien, in a district with so many sex shops? Who lives here? Why is the street completely grey-coloured?

Since we are both urbanists, we look at architecture, placemaking, parklets, ecology, and people. How could the street be improved? A better Bezirksvorsteher would be one of Eugene’s first wishes. And Renz was once the coolest place to hang out in our city, so we explore what it meant, and where it went.

Also: Why do we need to urgently change the name of the Second District? How is the latest redevelopment of Praterstern going? Why is Prater Strasse not being updated, despite all the proposals? Why was the first ever pop-up cycle lane here?

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Die Stadt räumlich programmieren

Interview mit Architekt Stefan Mayr

Von Stefan Mayr und Roland Krebs wurde 2010 in Wien ihr Büro superwien urbanism gegründet. Dabei beschäftigen sie sich vor allem mit Städtebau und nachhaltiger Architektur. Die Projektbereiche umfassen großmaßstäbliche Aufgabenstellungen, genauso wie kleinmaßstäbliche. Sie reichen von Metropolenplanung und Wohnbau über Erdgeschosszonen-Strategien, hin zu Beteiligungsprozessen und Place­making. Angesiedelt sind ihre Projekte in Österreich, Südosteuropa, Zentralasien und Lateinamerika.

People 2020 in architektur FACHMAGAZIN

2. Platz beim Kooperativen Verfahren in Berlin

Das Projekt “Mitten in Tempelhof” erhält den 2. Platz. Parallel sowie in Austausch mit drei weiteren Teams aus dem Bereich Städtebau und Landschaftsplanung hat Superwien Urbanism in Kooperation mit Siri Frech und IPG einen städtebaulich-freiraumplanerischen Entwurf für die „Neue Mitte Tempelhof“ entwickelt. Im Rahmen von vier Werkstätten vor Ort bzw. digital wurden im letzten Jahr die Entwürfe mit den AuftraggeberInnen, den Planungsteams, FachexpertInnen sowie unter Einbeziehung der BürgerInnen und lokalen AkteurInnen diskutiert und präzisiert.

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VCÖ-Mobilitätspreis Wien für Initiative „Platz für Wien“

Das Fachkonzept Mittelpunkte des städtischen Lebens – Polyzentrales Wien wurde als vorbildliches Projekt ausgezeichnet.

Der Verkehr ist in Wien der größte Verursacher von klimaschädlichen CO2-Emissionen. Er ist für rund 40 Prozent der CO2-Emissionen verantwortlich, das ist doppelt so viel wie der Gebäudesektor.

Wien hat nicht nur ein Zentrum, sondern in den einzelnen Bezirken viele lebendige größere und kleinere Zentren. Diese sind der Schlüssel für eine klimaverträgliche Stadt der kurzen Wege. Das Fachkonzept Polyzentrales Wien der Wiener Stadtplanung setzt Maßnahmen, die diese Zentren stärken. Einkaufen in fußläufiger Distanz erspart lange Einkaufsfahrten, die oft mit dem Auto gemacht werden. 

VCÖ-Mobilitätspreis Wien

GLARA – Green Living Augmented+virtual ReAlity

Just before the end of 2019 we launched a new project: GLARA – Green Living Augmented+virtual ReAlity is a research and development project that aims at integrating participation processes with new technologies making them more accessible for everyone. The focus is on planning of green infrastructures and a transparent, timely communication of their positive impacts on micro-climate and environment. An easy-to-use mobile application should complement face-to-face elements in participation processes in order to make it easier for people to participate. With the use of virtual and augmented reality, complex plans and maps can be translated to comprehensible pictures.

We are looking forward to working in this project with our partners from tatwort, green4cities and fluxguide.

Many thanks to BMDW who funds this projects through the FFG COIN Program.

PlaceCity Forum #2: Placemaking Pils

On the 27th of November, the second Placemaking Forum „Placemaking Pils“ took place within the framework of our JPI Urban Europe project „PlaceCity Floridsdorf“. The following placemakers and „enablers“ from Vienna shared their projects, experiences and ideas:

Karim El-Seroui (Creative Cluster)
Brigitte Vettori & Corinna Wachtberger (space and place)
Eugene Quinn (space and place)
Cosima Terrasse (Stille Post)
Kollektiv Raumstation (Verkehrsinselresort Wien)
Barbara Slotta (#kommraus: Forum Öffentlicher Raum)
Anna Grube (Grätzloase)
Johanna Steinhäusler & Philipp Schwarz (FLODO)
Jan Gartner (Raumpioniere)

Afterwards, there was the opportunity to have a chat over a beer.

The next forum „Local economies“ will take place on Wednesday, January 15th at 7 pm at the Creative Cluster / Projektraum Schlingermarkt. Come and join us!

More information about the event and the project can be found on Facebook and on the Placemaking Europe Website

PlaceCity Forum #1: Public Space and Urban Heat

On the 11th of November, the first Placemaking Forum “Public Space and Urban Heat” took place within the framework of our JPI Urban Europe project “PlaceCity Floridsdorf”. Two short films („The Flying Gardners“, Giacomo and Matteo Grimaldi and “When a Town Runs Dry”, Joris Debeij) were shown, in cooperation with Movies in Wonderland, followed by an open discussion with experts and the audience. Claudia Schrenk (MB-BD, competence center for green and environmental infrastructure), Jürgen Preiss (MA 22, Urban Heat Islands Strategy) and Doris Schnepf (Green4Cities, Tröpferlbad 2.0) therefore discussed the topic of urban heat and how to adopt our city to climate change on different scales. Methods of the city of Vienna that promote green and blue infrastructure were discussed and projects that have already been implemented were presented.

The next forum “Placemaking Pils” will take place on Wednesday, November 27th at 7 pm at the Creative Cluster / Projektraum Schlingermarkt. Placemakers and “enablers” from Vienna will present their projects at this forum. Afterwards, there will also be the opportunity to have a chat over a beer. Come and join us!

More information about the event and the project can be found on Facebook and on the Placemaking Europe Website

Book Launch: Urban Design Lab Handbook

Between 2013 and 2018, the Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (Städtebau Entwerfen) of the TU-Wien partnered with the Housing and Urban Development Division (HUD) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to create a scientific foundation for innovative methods that foster participatory planning and design. An experimental design approach was applied, combining people- centered planning, participatory planning tools, urban strategies, and urban design. The Urban Design Lab (UDL) worked in over twenty emerging cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The “Urban Design Lab Handbook” displays the result of a five years planning process: not only 21 projects all over the American continent were developed, but also a solid planning methodology was elaborated. The handbook explains the context and emerging problems faced by the cities of Latin America and the Caribbean and puts forward various solutions for typical difficulties encountered within those urban conglomerations.

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