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October 1 - October 17, 2013 | Exhibit

  • D Center Baltimore 16 W North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201 (map)

The Vienna Model - Housing for the 21st Century

Curatorial Advisors & Exhibition Design: SABINE BITTER & HELMUT WEBER 
Graphic Design: THUMB

'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. 

The projects featured in 'The Vienna Model' show characteristic contemporary trends in Viennese public housing. Some of the most interesting projects being an old electrical cable and wiring factory transformed into a new urban area, an inter-ethnic housing complex, and a former coffin manufacturing site turned into an internationally acclaimed high-Quality housing area.

The exhibition debuted at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and tours Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco before returning to Vienna in 2014.

The exhibition in Baltimore is shown as part of the EUNIC project 'Getting to know Europe: Transit - Creative Placemaking in Baltimore.'

When: October 1 - October 17, 2013
Opening: 5:00pm
Where: D Center Baltimore | 16 W North Avenue | Baltimore, MD 21201
Tickets: Admission is free. Tours on request, please visit


Earlier Event: September 27
September 27, 2013 | Festival
Later Event: October 2
October 2, 2013 | Art Talk