The IBA_Vienna is considering itself as a process that drives a city-wide discourse on current and burning issues of the new development of social housing and thus wants to have a lasting effect on the historically grown and closely interwoven network of players. At the same time, the IBA_Vienna is a platform for central and, in particular, also new players - be it in the fields of planning and execution, developing and financing, research, consultancy and teaching, politics and administration, and last but not least the Viennese population.
On this account, IBA meets art and artists, space making actors, ForFuture Organisations, young people and universities, and other IBAs in Europe.
In order to respond adequately to the many demands for exchange and communication in connection with the IBA_Vienna, a number of formats were developed initially that serve to activate and develop potential IBA projects and to move the theme of “New Social Housing” into general awareness. Most of these formats are open to the public, even though they appeal in part to different audiences.
An important focus of the IBA_Vienna is on public exchange about current questions in the areas of housing, housing construction, urban planning and social interactions
In cooperation with the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W), a very successful series of events has been launched, inviting international architects to address current issues of the IBA_Vienna.
In order to sharpen, clarify or intensify interesting approaches, project ideas or cooperation, it is sometimes useful to convene a group of stakeholders in the form of a non-public workshop.
In order to initiate a multi-stage discussion process on topics that will increasingly affect the city in the future, the IBA_Vienna together with the future.lab of the Vienna University of Technology started the "IBA Focus" series.
With "IBA on site" the IBA_Vienna comes directly to the residents in the IBA neighborhoods and gives a first insight into projects and areas of the International Building Exhibition in Vienna.
The IBA_Vienna organizes and participates in symposia that bring together experts and initiate a broad exchange on the main challenges of housing policy and possible solutions.
Less because of possible restrictions, but rather to reach a wider circle of people, IBA_Wien occasionally moves discussions and lectures into virtual space.
As a building exhibition, the IBA_Vienna organizes walks in the project districts, guided tours on construction sites, and tours in completed projects or neighborhoods.