simply IBA: IBA explained in a simple way

What is an IBA?

IBA is the abbreviation for Internationale Bauausstellung (International Building Exhibition). The tradition of Building Exhibitions has been existing for more than 100 years: in the middle of the 19th century it became customary to present innovations in building technology at world exhibitions. Since then there have been a number of International Building Exhibitions at irregular intervals. What they all have in common is that they have always been mirrors of their time in terms of social, technical and cultural trends and developments.

What is the IBA_Vienna?

The IBA_Vienna 2022 is the first International Building Exhibition to be launched in Vienna, Austria. The city of Vienna has set itself the task of developing groundbreaking solutions and approaches to the challenges of our time. The centre of the exhibition is the issue of "new social housing".

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... action is what Vienna has always taken when it comes to responding to challenges in the field of housing – a tradition that goes back over 100 years. Currently, for example, the effects of worldwide developments such as climate change or the globalization of the economy affect each and every one of us. At the same time, the conditions of our everyday lives are changing ever more rapidly and having a noticeable impact on many areas of social coexistence: new working environments, new forms of living together, rising living costs, greater mobility, etc. All this requires special and novel solutions for the future.


... housing is predominantly equated with poverty and deprivation in many regions of the world. In Vienna, the term has long been associated above all with good cooperation and equal opportunities. To achieve these goals consistently, new answers to the current questions and challenges of living together are recurrently needed – for young families, for single parents, for single entrepreneurs, for elderly people, for all of us.


... is a human right and therefore a fundamental right for all. Secure housing contributes significantly to personal well-being and not least to social peace in a society. This is not only about the apartment itself, but also about its surroundings, the neighbors and a lively and functional neighborhood in which one can feel at home. Reason enough to continue to strive for high-quality and future-oriented solutions.

Who is the IBA_Vienna?

"The IBA_Vienna is everyone who actively participates in it."

The IBA_Vienna is considering itself as a process and platform with broad involvement of key players in social housing and neighborhood development - in addition to planning and execution, developers and financing, research and teaching, as well as politics and administration, it is primarily the Viennese population.

How does the IBA_Vienna proceed?

The IBA_Vienna is a multi-year process and lasts from 2016 to 2022. With a running time of seven years the IBA_Vienna is a rather short one, while most IBAs are running for 10 years or more. The candidates and neighborhoods of IBA_Vienna were defined until 2019. In 2020 the interim results were presented and finally, in 2022, most of the projects will be finished to be visited as part of the final presentation.