Ongoing Projects

The ACRP-project URBAN HEAT EQUALITY, opens an external URL in a new window focuses Nature-based solutions (NbS) to urban heat islands and their impacts on social equality. The project examines policies that aim at promoting NbS to urban heat in the city of Vienna. NbS run the risk of increasing social inequalities. Based on an analysis of vulnerabilities, policy outputs and impacts on social equality and resilience, the project assesses the integration of vulnerable groups in current and future policy-making.

Project duration: 11.2022 until 02.2025

Funding: Austrian Climate Research Programme – ACRP, Climate & energy fund

Project Collaboration TU Wien: Nadine Haufe, MA, Raphaela Kogler, MA, Fidelia Gartner BSc. B.A.

Project Collaboration BOKU: Max Muhr, M.Sc., Mag. Michael Friesencker, Dr. Patrick Scherhaufer, Dr. Thomas Thaler

Consulting: Dr. Christoph Clar

The FFG-funded "Mobilität der Zukunft" lead project Trans|formator:in aims at piloting transferable approaches for an integrated transformation of public mobility spaces. Based on 7 pilot spaces in Austria, the project will realise the (re)transformation of predominantly car-oriented traffic spaces into attractive mobility spaces and also explicitly initiate the necessary processes of discussion, participation, learning and behavioural changes towards more active mobility in society

Project duration: 09.2022 until 08.2026

Funding: Lead project "Mobilität der Zukunft", FFG-funded

Lettering in orange and blue: Transfomatorin: Integrated Transformation of Public Mobility Spaces

The EU-funded EXIT project aims to explore the manifestations, root causes and implications of socioeconomic inequalities within and between areas that are often referred to as left behind. The three-year project-involving seven universities and four civil society organizations from eight countries–will also propose ways to tackle such inequalities through a rigorous program of cross-disciplinary and multi-actor research with communities on the ground. The project will explore, from an intersectional perspective, how inhabitants, institutions and organizations in these areas perceive, experience and counteract inequalities. The comprehensive program of research and dissemination will enable knowledge sharing and best practice transfer between countries and communities in order to re-strategise their sustainable development and enhance social inclusion.

Project Team TU Wien: Univ. Prof. Dr. Simon Güntner, Dr. Daniele KaraszAdrienne Homberger, MA

International Project Partners:

Project Lead: Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Project Partners: Università Ca’Foscari, Italy; Warwick University, UK; Social Action and Innovation Centre (KMOP), Greece; Universidad de Oviedo, Spain; Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Centre for Social Policy (CSP), Serbia; European Anti-Poverty Network - Spain (EAPN-ES); Aalborg Universitet, Denmark; Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana (ARCI) Italy

Project Duration: 11/2022-10-2025

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The housing estate "Siemensstraße" is a large housing estate in Vienna Floridsdorf built in the early 1950s as part of the "Schnellbauprogramm" (rapid construction programme), in which the spheres of life "living" and "working" are closely interwoven due to its connection to local industrial companies. Julia Edthofer deals with gender-specific perspectives on the relationship between care work and gainful employment in this industrial housing context.

The research ties in with the results of a contemporary witness project of the Wiener wohnpartner, opens an external URL in a new window, which clearly showed that while men aged 65+ described a very positive, straightforward employment biography as skilled workers in one of the surrounding industrial companies, located in the district, the women involved did not show such a positive self-image. There is also a gap in social science research here, which Julia Edthofer responds to.

The central question of the research is what contribution social housing as an urban infrastructure can make to reconciling care work and gainful employment. The primary data material is formed by in-depth interviews with mother-daughter couples aged 65+ and 35+ respectively. Of particular interest is whether the transition from Fordist to post-Fordist working conditions, which is clearly reflected in the migration of local industrial companies, can also be traced through women's work biographies.

Project Lead: Julia Edthofer

Project Duration: 09/2021 – 09/2026

Funding: FWF – Österreichischer Wissenschaftsfonds

Programme: ESPRIT, opens an external URL in a new window – Career Advancement for Postdocs

Aerial photograph in black and white of the large housing estate Siemensstraße

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Project duration: 02/2022-01/2027

SHARED (Social sciences & Humanities for Achieving a Responsible, Equitable and Desirable )GREEN DEAL is a project bringing together 22 leading organisations from across Europe including eight universities, three research institutions, eight network organisations and three SMEs. The partners cover core elements of the European Green Deal cross-cutting priorities such as civil society, democracy, gender, energy, environment, circular economy and innovation. SHARED GREEN DEAL directly addresses European challenges with an aim to share actions, understandings, evidence, insights, responsibilities and benefits across stakeholders including policymakers and civil society. Issues of inclusivity and diversity are at the heart of the project to particularly account for disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups.

SHARED GREEN DEAL is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme and is structured around lessons from a set of 24 social experiments around six priority Green Deal topics. The social experiments will be delivered across different member states, covering different social science and humanities disciplines, with multi-stakeholder, practice-based and policy-science expertise, including gender studies as a key component throughout.

Nadine Haufe and Lucas Barning from the Sociology Research Unit are taking up the role as research leaders of the experiment stream "Schools act for mobility futures" on the Green Deal policy field "Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility". Partners in the social experiment stream are ICLEI, opens an external URL in a new window, Local Governments for Sustainability Europa, (practice partner) and MRI, opens an external URL in a new window, Metropolitan Research Institute, (research support).

The output includes the development of tools (e.g. an online Green Deal policy tracker) and SHARED GREEN DEAL is expected to deliver changes in societal practises and in the behaviour of individuals, communities, and public and private organisations. Through the development of effective new strategies, SHARED GREEN DEAL will address behavioural change and long-term commitment, trust, social acceptance and buy-in from people, communities and organisations, in support of a responsible, equitable and desirable Green Deal.

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Since 2018, TU Wien and Uni Wien have been organising an annual "ResearchLab New Social Housing" cooperatively and with the financial support of IBA Wien. International researchers are invited to present and discuss their work on changing topics. They also examine the situation in Vienna and comment on current developments and projects in social housing. In 2018, the focus was on the transformation of large housing estates, in 2019 it was on the many facets of the "social" in social housing. In 2020, the ResearchLab was dedicated to local and resident-led strategies for adapting to climate change, and in 2021 the relationship between living and working and other aspects of the hybridisation of housing were examined. In addition to international discussion, the aim of the events is also to network housing research in Vienna.

The ResearchLab has established itself as an important format not only for scientific networking but also for communication with actors in housing policy and social housing. In order to secure this work beyond the IBA presentation year 2022, the Sociology and Housing Research Departments and the Future.Lab at TU Wien have initiated the Research Center "New Social Housing" in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology at Uni Wien, which will begin its work at the end of 2021.

Client: IBA Wien
Project duration: since 2018
Contractor: Institute for Sociology at Uni Wien in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at TU Wien

In 2017, Berlin initiated the funding programme "BENN - Berlin Develops New Neighbourhoods" in close cooperation with the locally responsible district authorities. The aim is to strengthen the community in the neighbourhood around large refugee accommodation and thus make it easier for refugees to participate in social life. The scientific monitoring examines what effect the implementation of the integration management BENN has on the empowerment of the refugees on the one hand and on community building in the neighbourhood on the other. For this purpose, socio-spatial data is being evaluated for all 20 project areas and qualitative, in-depth case studies are being conducted at four locations.

The first results of the scientific monitoring show that the framework conditions in the neighbourhoods are very different and that the professional strategies are correspondingly different. Central elements in the implementation in all areas are the initiation of low-threshold integration-promoting activities inside and outside the accommodation, e.g. through cooking, sports or planting activities, as well as the networking of actors and measures for intercultural opening. In some areas, changes of accommodation operators and open rejection by residents posed major challenges, while in some neighbourhoods there was an open welcoming culture. During the Covid 19 pandemic, work was difficult to sustain and many projects could not be implemented. Due to the continuing difficult framework conditions, in some cases the goals have not yet been achieved, so that not only a continuation seems necessary, but also a revision and strengthening of the instruments.

Client: Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing Berlin
Project duration: 1/2018 - 12/2021
Contractor: S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin in cooperation with the Sociology Research Department, TU Wien

The Pocket Mannerhatten research project is based on the principle "Those who share, get more". Areas, spaces and infrastructures on neighbouring properties are networked, developed for joint use and secured through rights of use. This opens up additional potential in the existing city: Building areas and infrastructures that were previously only used by the users and residents of a single building are also provided to the neighbours in Pocket Mannerhatten. For example, staircases, lifts and renewable energy systems can be implemented across buildings. Areas of two or more properties are combined into a larger, more functional one. This creates a number of benefits, including a higher quality of life through more and more intensive uses, increased value, higher profitability as well as use efficiency, resource savings and more effective access to subsidies.

The project was financed by the Climate and Energy Fund as part of a two-stage funding programme and additional support from the City of Vienna, MA 20 and IBA_Wien GmbH. It is based on the idea of architect Florian Niedworok. During the exploratory phase (June 2016 to July 2017), the concept was systematically developed in close cooperation with the LoI partners, and owners in a selected pilot area ("Block 61") were found who were interested in continuing and implementing the plans. After a successful evaluation, the project could be continued and implemented within the framework of a demonstration grant (March 2018 to May 2021).

The project results of the exploratory study, realistic spatial-functional sharing solutions, a draft of a funding strategy organised according to common good criteria as well as application-related basics for the activation, collaboration and cooperation of a Pocket Mannerhatten project are summarised in a handbook.

In the implementation project, the project team and its partners supported the owners and residents of "Block 61" in the structural, legal and communal development and implementation of exemplary sharing solutions, as well as an "overall system plan" for all properties in the block with a new quality of networked and shared spaces and infrastructures. In addition to the realisation of exemplary measures, further results were a transferable business model, the definition of parameters for a long-term monitoring of such projects, and a procedure coordinated with the administration, the unique selling point of which is a public welfare-oriented incentive and funding system.

Project partners:

Lead: tatwort Nachhaltige Projekt GmbH (consortium leadership); P1: Arch. DI Florian Niedworok; P2: TU Wien, Institute for Spatial Planning - Research Unit Sociology; P3: TU Wien, Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics (EEG); P4: Lawyer DDr. Gebhard Klötzl; P5: GRÜNSTATTGRAU Forschungs- und Innovations- GmbH


Stadt Wien, Magistratsdirektion – Geschäftsbereich Bauten und Technik; Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilungen 20 (Energieplanung), 21 (Flächennutzung), 25 (Stadterneuerung und Prüfstelle für Wohnhäuser), 28 (Straßenverwaltung und Straßenbau), 33 (Wien leuchtet, Öffentliche Beleuchtung und Verkehrssignale), 37 (Baupolizei Gebietsgruppe West), 42 (Wiener Stadtgärten); Stadt Wien, wohnfonds; Stadt Wien, Direktion Wiener Wohnen; Stadt Wien, Bezirk Ottakring – Bezirksvorstehung; Internationale Bauausstellung Wien; TU Wien, Institut für Architektur und Entwerfen; TU Wien, Institut für Städtebau, Landschaftsarchitektur und Entwerfen; Österreichisches Institut für nachhaltige Entwicklung ÖIN; Österreichischer Verband der Immobilienwirtschaft ÖVI; Stoll Wohnen Bau GmbH; JP Immobilien; NEST Agentur für Leerstandsmanagement GmbH; Raumpioniere – Agentur für StadtmacherInnen GmbH