Vienna International Summer School


Within the framework of the IBA, the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Vienna are establishing a research cluster (ResearchLab) to encourage interdisciplinary, critical and comparative research in the field of social housing and urban development. To accomplish this goal, the ResearchLab starts in 2018 with a series of annual International Summer Schools on relevant aspects of social housing.



2022: 5th International Vienna Summer School

From September 12 to 17, the last Summer School in the framework of the IBA_Vienna is dedicated to transdisciplinary perspectives of housing production in relation to the economies of construction and housing. Against the backdrop of an increasing financialization of housing and many facets of everyday life, a discussion space will be opened to explore the question in which way social housing is affected by this. What are the economic foundations of social housing? How are they changing in relation to new forms of regulation and financing? Are housing cooperatives and social housing "safe havens" protected from market forces? What is the relationship between social housing and other segments of the housing market?

The aim of the Summer School, which will take place in 2022 in cooperation with Marie Jahoda Summer School of Sociology, is to initiate an inter- and transdisciplinary discussion on the economic foundations of social housing.

Deadline for the Open Call: March 30, 2022

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2021: 4th International Vienna Summer School

In 2021, the International Summer School from September, 13th to September, 17th 2021 will address the changes and challenges that occurred or intensified during the Covid 19 pandemic and changed the character and meaning of "home". For many, their "home" has become an environment that suddenly has to meet multiple needs simultaneously, including work and learning environments, childcare and other care responsibilities. Regardless of extremely different urban, social and cultural contexts, the experience of confinement, the need to stay at home and basically manage all aspects of everyday life in one place, proved to be a massive stress test for individuals and households around the world. Questions about post-pandemic architecture and urban design are legitimately raised in the process?

Against this backdrop, the Summer School invites participants to discuss the housing problems and consequences of the pandemic. A main focus is on a re-evaluation of the concepts of "home" and "household": Is it an appropriate response to strive for designs that can fulfil all these functions in one "home"? Or is there rather a need to defend the "home" against these demands? What does it do for individuals and households to have to balance work, school and care in their homes? How can people best be supported and relieved of pressures and frictions that arise in tense and crowded spaces?

Public events:

Mon, 13.9.2021, 14:00 – 18:00
Contours of Postpandemic Social Housing
Location: online

Tue, 14.9.2021, 19:30
Redefining the Home in the Postpandemic City
Location: Sky Lounge, TU Wien and online

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2020: 3rd International Vienna Summer School

In 2020, the third International Vienna Summer School took place from 7th to 8th of September. Social aspects of living and climate adaptation were presented and discussed in online seminars.

Due to Corona, the Summer School was organized this time as a hybrid event, partly with meetings in Vienna and partly online. The international exchange took place mainly in online seminars, where social aspects of housing and climate adaptation were presented and discussed.

As part of the interim presentation of the IBA_Vienna, a public discussion event with international guests and Viennese experts on climate adaptation took place on September 8.

As part of the IBA ResearchLab 2020 Summer School, filmmakers Frank Hagen and Miae Son went on a search for local projects and initiatives in Vienna that contribute to finding solutions to the consequences of climate change (such as urban heat or heavy rain). The films were presented at a digital vernissage on January 18.

Public Events:

Tue, 8.9.2020
Between Social and Ecological Sustainability: Public Discussion
Location: WEST (former Sophienspital), Stollgasse 17/ Corner Neubaugürtel | 1070 Vienna
Impressions and recording here.

Mon, 18.1.2021
Film Launch: Local and Bottom-up Initiatives to Tackle climate change in Social Housing
Location: online

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2019: 2nd Vienna International Summer School

From 16. 9. to 20.9.2019 the summer school took place for the second time in the framework of the Researchlab. International experts spent a week dealing with the social aspects of social housing in Vienna. Does the social refer to the dimension of affordability, or, in a much broader sense, to social justice? How is social housing responding to the needs of a increasingly diversified, fragmented and unequal society? How to provide the right to housing also for marginalized and low income groups?

Public events:

Tue, 17.9.2019
What is the social in social housing?
Keynote Lectures: Hulya Ertas and David Madden
Location: TU - The Sky, Getreidemarkt 9 | 1060 Vienna

Fri, 20.9.2019
Social housing challenges in international perspective
Students‘ Inputs and Discussion
Location: Mobiles Stadtlabor OPENmarx, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 1 | 1030 Vienna

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2018: 1st Vienna International Summer School

In it's first year (17 to 23 September 2018) the Vienna International Summer School had a thematic focus on the transformation of (post-war) large scale social housing. We invited young researchers of all disciplines (PhD fellows, post-docs, early stage researchers) to put their research projects up for discussion and work together with internationally renowned scholars on the content and methodological issues. The Summer School also offered an opportunity to investigate the history and current developments in social housing estates in Vienna.

The Vienna International Summer School is open for all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives related to the main theme. Research projects might address social, economic or institutional transformations of large scale housing. Research might revolve around housing practice, the change of living arrangements and living together in heterogeneous neighbourhoods. Which role do residential forms play for families, friendships or other social relations? How are the neighbourhoods and buildings being appropriated? How is the public space being used? We are also interested in research on the management, the assignment and occupancy of social housing. In which forms have municipalities and owners further developed and modernized the housing estates in recent years? How are residents involved?

A peer reviewed publication of the participants’ contributions is planned.

The Vienna International Summer School is funded by the City of Vienna and the IBA_Wien 2022.

Public events:

Wed, 19.9.2018
Creative Transformation of Large Scale Housing
Lectures: Florian Urban and Charles Landry
Location: Theater Brett, Münzwardeingasse 2 | 1060 Vienna

Thu, 20.9.2018
Renewal of Social Housing – International Experiences and Lessons for Vienna
Roundtable with Ingrid Breckner, Gabu Heindl, Sarah Leaney and Rudi Scheuvens
Location: Kuppelsaal of TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13 | 1040 Vienna

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