Formats of the IBA_Vienna

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 as well as new challenges, while discussion about the related approaches to solutions, ideas and innovations represents a further main focus.

The IBA Talks will therefore take place over the entire duration of the IBA_Vienna. Since Vienna decided to make the IBA process very transparent to the public from the very beginning, parts of the actual "preliminary phase" were also carried out in the context of IBA-Talks.

IBA Talks are regularly documented and are also available for download (PDF) and as video recordings.


To hone, clarify or intensify interesting approaches, ideas for projects or cooperation, it makes sense at certain times to bring together a round of appropriate stakeholders in the form of a non-public workshop.

IBA meets Architects

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. The experience and expertise they have gained elsewhere enables them to fire up the local discourse and inspire new steps.

Additional formats

Depending on the projects and the way the discussions develop further formats are contiuosly created (e.g. project calls but also symposia etc.).