Jörg Wimmer (2015)

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Die Solidarnutzung sowie weitere Methoden und Instrumente am Beispiel eines Entwicklungsgebiets in Wien-Favoriten.

This thesis revolves around theoretical and formal aspects regarding production of urban space which, when dedicated to consumerism, is mostly private property and thus follows the laws of free enterprise economy. In this space, human beings experience restrictions of action and use, depending on their economical and social status. This premise undermines the principles of an inclusive society which leads to the search for better alternatives, especially smarter allocation procedures, as was performed in this thesis. A concise examination of the terms “public space”, “urbanity” and “consumerism” precedes a closer look at allocation procedures used when developing idle urban areas, and an investigation of the stakeholders involved. The decision to take the so-called Entwicklungsgebiet in Vienna’s Favoriten district as a blank space for a design model is based on a thoroughly-performed analysis of its surrounding city region. The model is created to demonstrate effective tools for the production of inclusive spaces of consumerism and for the retention of public space in the privatization process of publicly-owned land. The concept presented is given the name Solidarnutzung—it is based on existing legal framework (i.e. allocation guidelines) while keeping non-commercial interests and financial aspects in focus. Cross-funding of socially inclusive spaces of consumerism is applied to a theoretical model of a real-life city development project highlighting its flexible use (e.g. markets, event locations).
Submitted at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Supervision Dr. phil. DI (FH) Sabine Knierbein
Link to the Urban Design Library, TU Wien