THE VIENNA MODEL - HOUSING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Curators: WOLFGANG FÖRSTER & WILLIAM MENKING
Curatorial Advisors & Exhibition Design: SABINE BITTER & HELMUT WEBER
'The Vienna Model' is an exhibition showing public housing design in the Austrian capital of Vienna curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking in close Austrian-American cooperation.
The exhibition presents 36 case studies in Viennese public housing that are complemented by a series of related artwork curated by the Austrian artists Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber. The exhibition highlights important features of public housing in Vienna: about 60% of Vienna's population lives in municipally built, owned or managed buildings, which is in stark contrast to the United States' mostly privately run housing market. The predominance of public housing in Vienna has a visible impact on the city's life, atmosphere and communites, as is highlighted by Mercer's 'Quality of Life' and other surveys that have regularly ranked Vienna as the world's most livable city over the last few years.
The Vienna model dates back to the early 20th century and the tradition of 'Red Vienna,' when the city's socialist government began designing housing projects for the working masses. This interest in public housing has continued ever since, and well-know Austrian architects such as Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Richard Neutra and Margarete Schütte Lihotzky have made important contributions to Vienna's cityscape.