Exchange with partner cities

Network of partner cities



Partner cities

> Barcelona

> Berlin

> Cologne

> Dublin

> Munich

> Stuttgart

> Vancouver


The topic of "affordable housing" has become the focus of attention in many large cities in recent years. Cities and regions in particular are finding that they have far too few instruments and options at their disposal to meet the increasing demand for social housing. Due to the globally and in any case Europe-wide burning issues, the IBA_Vienna wants to go beyond the traditional format of a local building exhibition and cultivate an exchange with other cities. The aim is to discuss key challenges and possible solutions in terms of housing policy, which will enable solutions to be put in place under the different framework conditions in each of these cities and to respond to the demand of the population. The central element of this discourse is therefore a network of partner cities that are in close contact, jointly define essential questions and try to answer them with different approaches.


Which exchange formats have already taken place?

2021: Multilateral workshop with IBA_Vienna and all partner cities - online

Looking back at the 2020 symposium, the projects presented and the bilateral workshops in 2021, we will discuss which tools and models are key to their successful implementation. We will also look at which interventions are particularly useful, where there is potential for improvement, and what adjustments are needed to make the cities' innovative solutions scalable and transferable.


2021: Bilateral exchange between IBA_Vienna and the Partner Cities Network - online

The focus of the bilateral sessions in spring 2021 is an in-depth discussion of the meta-topics "climate adaptation and sustainability", "sustainable neighborhood development" and "affordability and new forms of housing". Based on the neighborhoods in the partner cities and concrete projects of the IBA_Vienna, it will be discussed how strategies, guiding principles and planning can be brought into implementation, which concrete instruments exist for this and where potentials, opportunities, risks and barriers lie.


2020: "How will we live tomorrow? New ways to Social Housing in Europe": Symposium - online

In recent years, the issue of affordable housing has become the centre of attention in many large cities. With the International Building Exhibition, Vienna is creating a platform for innovation in regard of "New Social Housing". The IBA_Vienna intends to go beyond the traditional format of a local building exhibition for an international audience as it not only aims at initiating and presenting housing policy innovations itself, but also sets off a broad exchange between cities on main challenges and possible solutions in housing policies. The key element of this discourse is a network of partner cities that is in close contact, jointly defining essential questions and trying to answer them with different approaches. The symposium "How do we live tomorrow? New ways to social housing in Europe" was the kick-off for the cooperation between IBA_Vienna and its partner cities and opened the dialogue along the three main themes of sustainable neighbourhood development, affordability and new ways of housing and climate adaption and sustainability.

For impressions, photos, video recording of the symposium please click here.