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Raumlabor Stadt: Der Umgang mit dem öffentlichen Raum

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Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
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German and English language

Woran misst sich die Qualität von öffentlichem Raum? Wer trägt Verantwortung für ihn? Welche Entwicklung gibt es im Bereich der Aneignung des öffentlichen Raums durch private Nutzungen? Und welche Auswirkungen hat der Verkehr auf den bebauten bzw. nicht bebauten Raum?

Vortragende

Head, eMobility Platform and Intelligent City Programme, Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change, Berlin
Independent Architecture Critic and Curator; Contributing Editor, Architect Magazine, New York Abstract
Urban Alternatives

The idea of “responsibility” for public spaces immediately raises the question of “ownership.” Our expectations of public spaces are shaped by our expectations of their owners, whether cities, states, or private corporations and developers—each driven by a different agenda, varying according to the culture or politics of the locale. For example, to generalize, many cities today regard the vitality of public spaces as integral to economic development, while the administrators of federally owned public land (such as monuments) seem to prioritize security above all, and the operation of privately owned public spaces (POPS) is primarily influenced by their owners’ concern for their public image. Challenging the agenda of the owners/stewards of public space, however, is a new breed of citizen-activists who are intervening when they see failures, initiating innovative actions to make public spaces safe, useful, accessible, and pleasurable for all.
University Assistant, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna Abstract
Public spaces are an embodiment of society’s imaginaries and material culture, both a result of and a stimulus for multifaceted societal transformations. A broadening interest in their production reflects a paradigm shift; the modernist fragmented principles of growth-oriented spatial development have gradually been replaced by an understanding of public spaces as complex social products filled with meaningful experiences. This notion builds ever closer entanglements between multiple domains of everyday life and scientific practices, blurring the line between the production of meaningful places through everyday life practices and the production of meaning as strategic endeavors towards shaping certain urbanities. In the quest for reputation and competitiveness both public and private actors strive for appropriation of public spaces, subject to (enforced) reinterpretation of meaning. In so doing, although declaratively regarding difference as an intrinsic quality of urban cultures, they tend to take a selective approach towards everyday (cultural) practices and push forward particular imaginaries.

In spite of these seemingly negative tendencies, public spaces do
(still) show an encouraging degree of vitality and diversity. Everyone can take an active part in the production of meaning (notion of collective memory, political struggle, social conflict and identity); planners and urban policy must allow for insurgent practices that will stimulate public life and action, and create an environment for cross-cultural exchange.
Editor-in-Chief, NZZ Chair

Frank Christian HINRICHS

Head, eMobility Platform and Intelligent City Programme, Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change, Berlin

 Studium Rechtswissenschaften in Münster, Freiburg und Konstanz mit Ausrichtung öffentliches Wirtschafts- und Planungsrecht
 Zweites Staatsexamen am Hanseatischen Oberlandesgericht Hamburg, Station in der Staatskanzlei Land Brandenburg, Abt. Landesplanung
 Planung und Realisierung von Großprojekten Schienenverkehr, Deutsche Bahn AG
 Gesamtprojektleiter, Transrapid München, DB Magnetbahn GmbH
 Leitung, Konzernprojekt Eco Rail Innovation, Deutsche Bahn AG
 
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 Planung und Durchführung von Innovationsprojekten und Veranstaltungen an der Schnittstelle von Mobilitäts- und Energiesystemen
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 - Studien und Konferenzen, z.B. Berlin - Klimaneutral bis 2050; Intelligent Cities Conference 2012 Amman
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BA Cathy Lang HO

Independent Architecture Critic and Curator; Contributing Editor, Architect Magazine, New York

 BA in Mass Communications & Economics, UC Berkeley
2003-2007 Founding editor-and-chief and co-owner, The Architect's Newspaper, NYC
since 2009 Contributing Editor, Architect magazine, Washington, D.C.
2011-2012 Commissioner and Lead Curator, "Spontaneous Interventions," presentation of the U.S. Pavilion, International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale
since 2011 Owner, CLHoffice, consultant on architecture, design, and urbanism projects, NYC

DI MSc Tihomir VIDERMAN

University Assistant, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

 Tihomir Viderman is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space of Vienna University of Technology as a university assistant and a PhD student. Having an engineering degree in architecture and a Master s degree in European urban studies, as well as work experience in both urban planning practice and research, he contributes to the department s research and teaching on the topic of public space, both in terms of physical arrangements and social space, as well as on emerging cultural practices. His main research interests pertain to the mental production of meaning as a means of making places and shaping urban cultures.

Mag.Jur. Anita ZIELINA

Editor-in-Chief, NZZ

2000-2004 Freelance Journalist, Vienna
2004-2008 Reporter Politics & Education, derStandard.at, Vienna
2008-2011 Editor Politics & Education, derStandard.at, Vienna
since 2008 Trainer & Consultant, Vienna
2009-2011 Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences Vienna
2011-2012 Knight Fellow, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

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