Dietmar Steiner, director of the Az W, welcome address
Rudolf Schicker, Executive Councillor for Urban Development and Traffic, Vienna
Judit Carrera, CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Andrea Seidling, curator of the exhibition
To mark the 10th jubilee of the European Urban Public Space Awards the Architekturzentrum Wien is engaging with that often addressed and sometimes overplayed subject of Public Space.
Numerous questions are posed, from: What is public space? How does it arise and does it even still exist? Who does it belong to, what does it represent and who decides, for better or for worse, over public space? Who needs it and who is allowed to use it?’ Is the issue still between private and public, or more about exclusion and inclusion? And finally: ‘To what extent do built structures and social conditions impact on the negotiable possibilities? All of these questions are posed in the exhibition to represent the breadth of the various levels of discussion.
In addition a number of exceptional international projects are contrasted with a presentation of existing situations in Vienna, current artistic, interventionist and architectural positions, theoretical analyses of urban development and representations showing the production and negotiable possibilities of and for public spaces with strategies of resistance and appropriation.
a cooperation with the CCCB Barcelona
Curator of the exhibition: Andrea Seidling
Exhibition design: looping architecture
Graphic design: Thomas Kussin, buero8
The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue ‘In Favour of Public Space’ as well as a special issue of the journal ‘Hintergrund’, (issue 48) ‘Platz da!’ – both publications are available in a double-pack or individually.