Architekturzentrum Wien  

Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012
The Right to Green

Location: Architekturzentrum Wien - Old hall
Exhibition: 15 March 2012 - 25 June 2012
Opening Hours: daily 10am-7pm
Opening: Wednesday 14 March 2012, 7pm
Tickets: EUR 7,00 / EUR 4,50 reduced / free admission for medium partners

speakers at the opening:
Dietmar Steiner, director Az W
Elke Krasny, curator of the exhibition
Maria Vassilakou, Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection and Public Participation

The spring show at the Architekturzentrum Wien is dedicated to the history of the idea of appropriating land in urban space. Since the shockwave of modernisation that accompanied industrialisation towns and cities worldwide have had to face some very significant challenges. City-dwellers have always found a number of solutions in crisis situations, they are involved in bottom-up urban development. Self-build and selforganisation, settlements and fruit and vegetable gardening lead to other forms of collective cohesion, neighbourliness and fair distribution. Another world can be planted, as today's community gardeners are clearly showing.

Following many years of international research, the curator Elke Krasny presents 19 historical and contemporary case studies of bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havana or Quito. They provide an overview of informal, self-organised collective movements and of the spaces that are created by them. The exhibition shows how decisively small projects have often led, and are still leading, to major changes.

'Hands-On Urbanism' introduces an alternative urban history, one that poses urgent questions about the responsibility of design for architects and planners, and the resource-logic of towns and cities. What do architects do in this process, and what can be learned from the bottom-up in this urban history? Its role ranges from initiative via activism to conducting research. How are urban planning authorities reacting to these developments? The spectrum ranges from the founding of a settlement regulatory agency, via infrastructural measures and tolerance, to measures of support from the authorities, but also the introduction of new laws and legal sanctioning in official urban plans.

curator: Elke Krasny
scenography: Alexandra Maringer
exhibition graphics: Alexander Schuh
copyright clearing: Andrea Seidling, Az W

With the ticket for the exhibition you also get a reduction on the admission fee (EUR 6.00 instead of EUR 8.00) to the exhibition „BESETZT. KAMPF UM FREIRÄUME SEIT DEN 70ERN“ from 12 April to 12 August 2012 in WIEN MUSEUM KARLSPLATZ.

Public Funding:
Geschäftsgruppe Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur
Geschäftsgruppe Kultur und Wissenschaft

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Permanent Exhibition

Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012

Press Release:
Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012

Further Information:
Az W Photo Award 2012

Opening Night

The Exhibition "Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012 The Right to Green"

E-Shop Products:
Catalogue accompanying the exhibition: Hands-On Urbanism 1850-2012. Vom Recht auf Grün. German Edition

Catalogue accompanying the exhibition: Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012. The Right to Green. English edition

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