Exhibitions

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st-Century City

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Vienna Model exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

Vancouver is consistently ranked alongside the Vienna as one of the world’s most livable cities. Vienna has a stable housing market, with 60% of the population living in municipally built, owned, or managed housing. By comparison, Vancouver is undergoing a housing crisis. Vienna’s housing history and policies provides alternative approaches for British Columbia.

As Vancouver embarks upon a community engagement process revolving around housing, The Vienna Model expands discussion about urban planning options and encourages dialogue and debate on the future of the city.

In addition to its investigation of design that is focused on community, Vancouver- and Vienna-based artists and cultural researchers Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have selected art projects and public works that reflect Vienna housing into a broader context. These are included in the exhibition and illustrated catalogue.


 

The exhibition and accompanying publication is organized into ten chapters:

  • Continuity and Innovation
  • Social Mixing
  • Developing New Urban Areas
  • Diversity and Integration
  • Citizen Participation
  • Climate and Environmental Protection
  • Use and Design of Public Spaces
  • Developing Existing Housing Stock
  • Building on the Outskirts
  • The Role of Arts

 

The Vienna Model is curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking, and is brought to Vancouver on the initiative of Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, Helmut Weber), an artist collective based in both Vancouver and Vienna.

May 17, 2017 / 7:30 PM
Housing Debate

City Debate #10: Follow Vienna: Subsidize More Housing!

Vienna, one of the world’s most livable cities, has no affordable housing crisis. Four-fifths of new housing is government subsidized. Should Greater Vancouver follow suit?
 
Join us for the debate and come early to have a drink and explore The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition. 
 
Date: Wednesday, May 17
 
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Drink Bar and Exhibition Viewing, 7:30pm - 9:00pm Debate
 
Tickets: Adults: $15.00 + GST. MOV Members: $12.00 + GST. 
 
 
Speakers:
 
[Pro]
 
Thom Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in Canada’s co-operative housing movement, holding leadership positions in Saskatchewan, Ontario and BC. Since September 2000, he has been the executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC and three Community Land Trusts, all headquartered in Vancouver, BC.
 
Gabu Heindl, architect, urban planner, theorist and Chairwoman of ÖGFA | Austrian Society for Architecture“ specializes in public interventions, cultural and social buildings, urban research and planning. She currently teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts, publishes widely, and curates exhibitions, lectures and symposia on politics in architecture and urban planning. www.gabuheindl.at
 
[Con]
 
Tom Davidoff, associate professor at UBC's Sauder School of Business, obtained degrees from Harvard, Princeton and MIT. Tom has worked in real estate development in Brooklyn, at UC Berkeley, and with two startup real estate intelligence companies; and has advised the White House on housing and mortgage policy.
 
Antonio Gómez-Palacio is a founding partner of DIALOG and has worked on a range of projects including urban intensification, master planning, mixed-use, transit, heritage, economic development and sustainability, as facilitated through participatory processes. Antonio is regularly called upon to front a strategic conversation on how to deliver city-building objectives through public and private initiatives.
 
Moderator:  David Beers. David founded The Tyee, Canada’s highly awarded independent online source for news and ideas. His solutions-focused journalism has been widely published in Canada and the US. He was an editor at Mother Jones and the Vancouver Sun, and is adjunct professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.
 

 
Debate Organizer: Urbanarium 
 
Sponsors: SALA, Tyee, Anthem, ReThink, RHA, Reliance, Powershifter, Adera, HCMA, Creative Mornings, Henriquez, MOV
 
The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.
 
Exhibition Partners
Museum of Vancouver
Western Front
SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
SFU Institute for the Humanities 
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
SFU Urban Studies Program
UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Vancity Office of Community Engagement
 
 
May 19, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Alternatives to the Housing Crisis: Case Study Vienna. Location: Simon Fraser University Woodwards, World Art Studio.

 

A Public Lecture featuring Gabu Heindl

Alternatives to the Housing Crisis: Case Study Vienna. Urban Planning, Dissensual Politics and Popular Agency.

Date:  Friday,May 19
Time:  7:00pm
Place: Simon Fraser University Woodwards, World Art Studio.
 
The worldwide crisis of a dramatic lack of affordable housing – even in affluent cities such as Vancouver and Vienna – is part of a larger urban crisis that is based on speculation of urban land, the re-distribution of wealth from the poor to the rich, and on the collectivization of losses and the privatization of gains characteristic of neoliberalism.
 
Therefore, is a politics aiming at the right to affordable housing for all is necessary in this moment And housing, of course, is always more than itself – for we are housed in cities and thus also in infrastructural networks, power relations, public spaces, all of which are under pressure from market appropriation. In this talk Gabu Heindl proposes equality, justice and the enabling of political dissensus as parameters for city planning.
 
Using Vienna as a case study, this lecture explores the relationship of affordable housing to urban planning politics and will discuss historic and current housing policies, not least in a critical cross-analysis with the Vancouver case. Touching upon the re-articulated model function of 1920s Red Vienna, Heindl will present her approach to combining strong claims (Setzungen) in public planning with a critique of paternalistic governance and with maintaining zones of contact with popular agency.
 
Respondents: Stephanie Allen, Matt Hern, Wendy Pedersen
 
Gabu Heindl is an architect and planner from Vienna, Austria on alternatives to the housing crisis.

 


 
The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.
 
Exhibition Partners
 
Museum of Vancouver
 
Western Front
 
SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
 
SFU Institute for the Humanities 
 
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
 
SFU Urban Studies Program
 
UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
 
Vancity Office of Community Engagement
June 06, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Talk and Tour with housing expert Miloon Kothari

 

Social housing expert, and former United Nation Special Rapporteur, Miloon Kothari will host a tour of the Vienna Housing exhibition. Kothari will offer a global and social justice perspective on affordable housing in Vancouver and abroad. Kothari will additionally address progressive public housing initiatives and provide insight into the Vienna public housing model. 

Date: Tuesday, June 6 

Time: 7pm

Tickets: *Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $13;  MOV Members: Free! 

 
* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.
 
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.
 

 

Bio

Miloon Kothari served from 2000 to 2008 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing with the Human Rights Council. He was convenor of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN from 2009 to 2014, an Indian human rights coalition that notably focuses on the Universal Periodic Review.

 

 

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

Event Sponsor
 
Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Simon Fraser University.

 

Exhibition Partners

Museum of Vancouver

Western Front

SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

SFU Institute for the Humanities 

SFU School for the Contemporary Arts

SFU Urban Studies Program

UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

Vancity Office of Community Engagement

 
June 15, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Housing of Society. Public Talk with Andreas Rumpfhuber. Location: Western Front.

Today, it seems, housing and consumption are the two instruments left for city planning. In his talk, the Vienna-based architect and researcher, Andreas Rumpfhuber will discuss new forms of housing in an economy that is driven by a new spirit capitalism – a capitalism whose dirty industry has been outsourced to far away countries and in which immaterial labour has become the dominant form of production. In discussing new forms of housing, he will show projects that aim for a renewed emancipatory and political project of housing for the City of Vienna.

Date:  June 15, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Western Front, 303 8th Ave East.
 
Moderators: Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter and Jeff Derksen)
Respondent: Caitlin Jones
 
Andreas Rumpfhuber is an Urban Researcher, planner and author from Vienna, Austria on housing and city planning.
 

 

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

 
Exhibition Partners
 
Museum of Vancouver
 
Western Front
 
SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
 
SFU Institute for the Humanities 
 
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
 
SFU Urban Studies Program
 
UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
 
Vancity Office of Community Engagement
June 28, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Exhibition Tour with Dr. Wolfgang Förster, curator of The Vienna Model

Join us for an exhibition tour with Dr. Wolfgang Förster, Delegate of Austria to the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, and chief curator of The Vienna Model exhibition.

Förster will lead participants through the exhibition as he discusses sustainability, public housing models and the central strategies of The Vienna Model.

Date: Wednesday, June 28

Time: 7:00pm

Tickets: Tickets: *Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $13;  MOV Members: Free! 

Tickets / Reservations 

* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.
 
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.
 

Bio

Wolfgang Förster (PhD) is the coordinator of IBA-Vienna (the 2020-2022 international building exhibition on New Social Housing). Wolfgang works in his own company PUSH-Consulting (Partners on Urbanism and Sustainable Housing). Since 2001 he has been Head of the Vienna Housing Research. He is a Delegate of Austria to the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, and Chair of this Committee since 2009. Wolfgang also chairs the EUROCITIES Working Group on Housing and has been coordinator of several EU-projects. In 2013 Förster suffered a stroke which interrupted his professional career for two years. In 2015, he received the honorary Medal for Achievements for the Federal State of Vienna. Förster studied architecture, planning and political sciences in Vienna and Graz.
 

 
The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.
 
Exhibition Partners
Museum of Vancouver
Western Front
SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
SFU Institute for the Humanities 
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
SFU Urban Studies Program
UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Vancity Office of Community Engagement

 

June 29, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Roundtable Discussion with The Vienna Delegation

MOV will be hosting two important public housing workshops featuring delegates from Vienna, officials of the City of Vancouver, and VanCity representatives. 

Vienna’s public housing initiatives will provide the context for discussing the limitations of Vancouver’s current public housing model. Some of the failures – lack of social services, lack of economic diversity and the so called siloing effect of public housing design - will be tackled in an effort to explore alternatives for Vancouver’s social housing model. 

This Round Table discussion is a chance for you to learn about the issues discussed and to pose your own questions and concerns to the speakers.

Featuring: Wolfgang Förster, Andrea Reven-Holzmann, Hedwig Bauer, Peter Neundlinger, Werner Taibon and others to be confirmed. 

Date: Thursday, June 29

Time: 7:00pm

Tickets: Tickets: Tickets: *Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $13;  MOV Members: Free!

Registration 

* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.
 
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.
 

 

Bios

Wolfgang Förster (PhD) is the coordinator of IBA-Vienna (the 2020-2022 international building exhibition on “New Social Housing”) and he works in his own company PUSH-Consulting (Partners on Urbanism and Sustainable Housing). Since 2001 he has been Head of the Vienna Housing Research. He is a Delegate of Austria to the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, and Chair of this Committee since 2009. He also chairs the EUROCITIES Working Group on Housing and has been coordinator of several EU-projects. 
 
Andrea Reven-Holzmann, CEO of WBV-GPA, a union-owned non-profit housing developer in Vienna, Austria, since 2009.  WBV-GPA was founded in 1953 by the Austrian Union of Private Sector Employees, the largest trade union in Austria. In the last 64 years, WBV-GPA has built 130 apartment buildings with 8.000 apartments. WBV-GPA is also responsible for the facility management of its housing stock. Reven-Holzmann graduated from the Vienna University where he studied economics and business affairs. He is a member of the Land Advisory Board which is responsible for quality control of subsidized housing projects in Vienna. 
 
Hedwig Bauer, CEO of GEBÖS, a non-profit housing developer based in Lower Austria. GEBÖS was founded 71 years ago from a settlers' grass-root initiative. Its mission today is to provide affordable housing both in Vienna and the surrounding rural areas. GEBÖS owns 8.000 apartments as well as 3.000 other units. GEBÖS concentrates on the rental market and on the management of their building stock. 
 
Peter Neundlinger, CEO of Wohnservice Wien (City Office for Housing Services) is in charge of housing allocation in the subsidized sector and of Wohnpartner (social workers in public housing estates). He is a housing expert in the IBA-Wien office (the International Building Exhibition) with a focus on sustainable social projects. 
 
Werner Taibon, is CEO of PUSH-Consulting (Partners on Urbanism and Sustainable Housing), which he co-founded with Wolfgang Förster. He is also head of the TV-series department at ORF (the national broadcasting company of Austria) and head of programming at ORF. 
 

 
The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.
 
Exhibition Partners
Museum of Vancouver
Western Front
SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
SFU Institute for the Humanities 
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
SFU Urban Studies Program
UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Vancity Office of Community Engagement

 

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