Exploring Intergenerational Practices of Care: Student Projects

This project explored the complexity of demographic change by using ethnographic filming both as a research method and means of dissemination. We engaged in recent debates around ‘ageing societies’, practices and relations of care, and what these debates mean in the context of urban development and particularly for the disciplines of planning, architecture and urban design. The research is presented as part of the interdisciplinary exhibition Climate Care: Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures in the MAK – Museum for Applied Arts, during the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 taking place from May 28thto October 3rd 2021.

To improve the quality of everyday life for the diverse residents of urban neighborhoods, to dwell means to benefit from good access to adequate and quality housing (‚wohnen‘), but it also more broadly refers to the quality of encounters, mutual aid, convivial atmosphere and learning experiences that people may develop in public space (‚leben‘). Finally, dwelling also refers to remaining, resting and settling (‚bleiben‘).

In addition to a research table at the exhibition, the students produced ethnographic movies. Within these, they elaborated intersectional perspectives on „Care and the City“ by highlighting the mutual interdependence and relatedness of social and environmental dimensions of care.



Ludovica Breitfeld, Ceren Görgün, Clara Hahn, Merve Karamanoglu, Lan Mi, Xiuyue Wang


Care Everywhere? Encounters inbetween

Amine Cosgun, Pedram Dersch, Yasmin Haase, Olivia Kafka, Michelle Prem, Lisa Schöfer


Planting the Seeds of Intergenerational Care

Jinglei Cheng, Deng Hong, Yu Fang, Heidi Majewski, Alaa Said, Ziqian Zhou