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Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012

15.03.2012 to 25.06.2012

Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012

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Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012
Vom Recht auf Grün

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Date: Mar 15 to Jun 25
Venue: Architekturzentrum Wien - Old hall
Opening: Wed, Mar 14, 19:00
Tickets: EUR 7,00 / EUR 4,50 reduced / free admission for medium partners
Photoaward:www.azw.at/photoaward

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Following many years of international research, the curator Elke Krasny presents 19 historical and contemporary case studies of bottom-up urban development.

The spring show at the Architekturzentrum Wien is dedicated to the history of the idea of appropriating land in urban space. Since the shockwave of modernisation that accompanied industrialisation towns and cities worldwide have had to face some very significant challenges. City-dwellers have always found a number of solutions in crisis situations, they are involved in bottom-up urban development. Self-build and selforganisation, settlements and fruit and vegetable gardening lead to other forms of collective cohesion, neighbourliness and fair distribution. Another world can be planted, as today\'s community gardeners are clearly showing.

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Following many years of international research, the curator Elke Krasny presents 19 historical and contemporary case studies of bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havana or Quito. They provide an overview of informal, self-organised collective movements and of the spaces that are created by them. The exhibition shows how decisively small projects have often led, and are still leading, to major changes.

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\"Hands-On Urbanism\" introduces an alternative urban history, one that poses urgent questions about the responsibility of design for architects and planners, and the resource-logic of towns and cities. What do architects do in this process, and what can be learned from the bottom-up in this urban history? Its role ranges from initiative via activism to conducting research. How are urban planning authorities reacting to these developments? The spectrum ranges from the founding of a settlement regulatory agency, via infrastructural measures and tolerance, to measures of support from the authorities, but also the introduction of new laws and legal sanctioning in official urban plans.

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curator: Elke Krasny

Guided tours:
Wed, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 23, Jun 13, 18:00
Case studies in Urban Gardening: Curator´s tour with brief presentations of the case studies shown: Thu, Mar 15, 19:00; Sat, Apr 21, 16:00

Side program:
>> Garden Tour 1: Sat, Apr 14
>> Vienna and Resources. The Rinterzelt: Wed, Apr 25
>> Vienna and Resources. Learning from Elsewhere: Wed, Apr 25
>> Community Garden Macondo: Sat, May 5
>> Spring Cinema
>> Mr and Mrs Gardener
>> Garden Tour 2

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