Viennese Housing Culture

Posted by Ploi Malakul | March 2nd, 2011 Share

Viennese Housing Culture

“Vienna is different”. For years this has been the logo of the city of Vienna. And in fact, it is different. Vienna’s urban area distinguishes itself from other European cities in two significant ways:

On the one hand Vienna features uncountable social housings that originate from the housing programs by the „Red-Vienna“ policies starting in the year 1923. On the other hand there are numerous garden plots that provide the Viennese people with the possibility of all-the-year accommodation since 1992 – characteristics that emerge from the shortage of food and housing at the end of the 19th century. Through coping with this lack of housing possibilities, there was a development of two forms of housing that are an integral part of the city up to this day. Today nearly 1,7 million inhabitants live in Vienna.

This paper presents an appraisal of those two forms of housing. A phenomenon documentation by Annabell Ritschel and Wolfgang Landauer shot with a Zenza Bronica; 6×6 and a Nikon D2x. Currently the circulation is so small that it’s not available anymore. But for sure there will be a reprint soon.

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