Vienna Biennale For Change 2021

Viktor-Adler-Markt Vienna




25.06 – 26.06


Vienna | Austria

Vienna Biennale For Change 2021Viktor-Adler-Markt, Vienna on June 25-27, 2021

In the framework of the Vienna Biennale for Change ( Roland Krebs and Stefan Mayr from superwien in partnership with the „studio mobil / think tank station“ curated by Hubert Klumpner and Michael Walczak from urbanthinktank_next explore the values of the integrated planning approach in the context of metropolitan development with specific local actions. Through internationally accompanied discussion rounds, urban walks and movie nights, the emerging topics of Heat-, Food- and Arrival-City and their context in urban development are being explored.

Each session will cover a different thematic focus, providing a broad range of insights from distinguished panelists on how to contribute to a beautiful, sustainable and inclusive place-development on different scales by connecting, exchanging and learning with and from each other. These are the values of the New European Bauhaus that we would like to contextualize what it means for urban planning and design of our cities.

Heat city: Climate change poses many challenges to our planet, and the effects cannot just be examined in the world’s oceans but rising temperature levels are heating up our cities. Heat waves, heavy rains, and dry periods are increasing, and policies must be adapted to these changing conditions. In the urban context, this is tightly intertwined with public space issues such as the extent of greeneries in dense urban environment and its effects on the microclimate. We will discuss this challenge for international examples such as Dhaka and Maputo and look at local Viennese initiatives that strive to analyze the impact of different materials and vegetations on the formation of heat islands and counteract with innovative solutions.

Food City: We are experiencing the effects of climate change not only in the way of rising temperatures and extreme weather conditions, but also in the context of our diet, where we are facing new challenges and changing conditions. We live on the basis of a global, unsustainable food system that has a negative impact on our planet with mass production and long transportation distances. Today, we receive food as if by granted and at any time, but what is the concept and systems behind it? From an architectural and urban planning perspective, urban food systems need to be rethought and new ways of feeding the city need to be found. The Talk Food-City will discuss how food shapes our environment and together with international and Viennese guests, address topics such as urban food production, markets and alternative recycling approaches to avoid food waste.

Arrival City: Cities today are challenged by two large scale migration phenomena: mass urbanization and international migration. Vienna has a long history as an arrival city for national and international migrants. Almost half of the population has international migrant background, around 30 percent do not have the Austrian citizenship. At the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 we want to discuss the challenges and potentials of the arrival city and the role of urban planning in its development. We will address issues like housing, transport links, access to technical and social infrastructures, pressures on public space and the integration of the arrival city with the established city.

Each of the three talks will be hosted on site at Viktor Adler Markt, forming a hybrid on-/offline-event by connecting international guests online. With different inputs and statements our guests will deliver their specific views and experiences, which will continue into an open discussion. Two walks to innovative urban development sites that use heritage buildings in combination of social housing projects conclude these activities.

Challenging the integrated planning approach: In the pursuit of integrated planning approaches, it is necessary to rethink emerging topics in a holistic way. In the framework of walking tours, we will therefore take a closer look at the two urban development sites in close vicinity to Viktor Adler Markt, Neues Landgut and Ankerbrot Fabrik. These development areas are exemplary for current approaches to integrated planning and address in particular values of circular economies and integrated planning approaches in the context of metropolitan development. Both projects revitalize vacant urban spaces including heritage buildings and can be seen in the context of urban recycling. Through the establishment of a cultural center or the creation of new living spaces, the careful treatment of the ground floor zone as well as the design of public spaces together with local actors these areas are revitalized and “recycled” into inclusive and future-oriented urban spaces.


Friday, June 25, 2021

Friday, June 25, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 h superwien talk #1: Heat City

Invited guests:

  • Melissa Cavanna, Huasipichanga, Cuenca/Rotterdam
  • Hans-Martin Neumann, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna
  • Linda Schneider, MA25/WieNeu+, City of Vienna
  • Katharina Höftberger, superwien urbanism, Vienna
  • Sheikh Md. Rezwan, superwien urbanism, Dhaka
  • Michael Walczak, uttnext, Zurich/Sarajevo
  • Gordana Memišević, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo
  • Florian Kraus, Greenpass, Vienna
  • Gerald Hofer, Grünstattgrau, Vienna
  • Shila Morais, superwien urbanism, Maputo

Moderators: Roland Krebs & Anna Aigner, superwien urbanism

Friday, June 25, 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 h, superwien walk #1: Decoding Heat Islands: Neues Landgut


  • Roland Krebs & Stefan Mayr, superwien urbanism, Vienna
  • Florian Kraus, Greenpass, Vienna

Friday, June 25, 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 h superwien talks #2: Food City

Invited guests:

  • Vanessa Braun & Daniel Löschenbrand, Food Atlas Wien, Vienna
  • Daniela Patti, Eutropian, Soil4Food, Urban Innovative Action, Rome
  • Andreas Gugumuck, Zukunftshof, Vienna
  • David Weber, Herd Open Kitchen, Vienna
  • Marios Kleftakis & Clearhos Papanicolaou, filmmaker of “Sisters Indoor Market”, Zurich/Athens
  • Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya, uttnext, Medellin
  • Philipp Loidolt-Shen, Azolla Ecosystems, Vienna
  • Hubert Klumpner, Prof., uttnext, Zurich
  • Adnan Pasic, Prof., University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo
  • Haris Piplas, Drees & Sommer, Zurich

Moderators: Stefan Mayr & Lisa Kongas, superwien urbanism

Friday, June 25, 2021, 22:00 h: Movies in Wonderland – #1:

The Seven Sisters Indoor Market”, GR, 2021, 90 min, by Marios Kleftakis & Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 h, superwien walk #2: Urban Recycling & Art @ Ankerbrot Fabrik, Inputs by:

  • Silvie Aigner, Chief editor, Parnass Kunstmagazin, Vienna
  • Walter Asmus, Real estate developer, Loft City GMBH & CO KG, Vienna
  • Regina Anzenberger, Galerist & photographer, Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna
  • Michael Kollmann, Curator, Ostlicht Gallery, Vienna

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 18:00 – 20:00 h superwien talks #3: Arrival City

Invited guests:

  • Nevena Nancheva, Kingston University, London
  • Amila Sirbegovic, Architect & Urban Researcher, Vienna
  • Kilian Kleinschmidt, IPA-Switxboard, Tunis
  • Bahanur Nasya, Eutropian, HouseIn, JPI Urban Europe Project, Vienna
  • Theresa König, superwien urbanism, Vienna
  • Maria Gabriela Sarmiento, save my identity, Caracas/Zurich
  • Diego Ceresuela-Wiesmann, Prof., uttnext, Medellin
  • Ruedi & Vera Baur, integral designers, Paris
  • Jasmin Sirćo, Sarajevo Architecture Week, Sarajevo
  • Ute Schneider, Prof., TU Wien/KCAP, Vienna/Zurich

Moderators: Roland Krebs & Stefan Mayr, superwien urbanism

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 22:00 h: Movies in Wonderland – #2:

Welcome to Harmondsworth”, UK, 2019, 15 min, by Felix BazalgetteToby Bull

FLOTEL EUROPA”, RS & DK, 2015, 70 min, by Vladimir Tomic

60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory“, AT & FR, 2018, 22 min, by Sasha Pirker & Michael Klein

Curated by Roland Krebs & Stefan Mayr, superwien urbanism ( ); films curated by Marlene Rutzendorfer, movies in wonderland (

movies in wonderland is supported by Bundesministerium Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport. (

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