www.urban-matters.org presents

(Public) art projects, urban interventions, programs and organizations of diverse cultural and geo-political backgrounds worldwide for locating and connecting urgent urban issues, discussing critical and innovative approaches, and analyzing urban tools and methods at the intersection of art, urban planning, critical political involvement and theory for employing new artistic-urbanistic methods in a process orientated urban planning.

In particular, urban-matters.org investigates the potential of “unplanning” as a possible new strategy for dealing with today’s urban challenges. “Planning” seems no more an adequate response to today’s challenges of a multilayered society permanently on the move. Yet, critical projects developed during the last decade by architects, urbanists and artists continue to be a parallel production to the conventional planning methods which are predominantly investor-orientated. How can we develop new visions for urban and regional matters – counteracting the dominant pragmatics of neoliberal economy?
www.urban-matters.org aims at a new positioning of artistic practices, exploring the diverse and often conflictual interests as potential for a new role: the urban practitioner. www.urban-matters.org also serves as information platform for current topics and events between research, theory and practice, transferring the specific local context to issues concerning the realm of urban space and society to a worldwide perspective.

www.urban-matters.org invites
practitioners and theorists to contribute to this platform as an ongoing project conceived as an open-ended process:
www.urban-matters.org is collecting information and data of public art organizations, institutions, biennials, as well as projects or initiatives by individuals, dealing with urban issues, in order to create a complex and comprehensive overview from the perspective of various and transdisciplinary backgrounds like artists, architects, urban designers, sociologists, theoreticians. We are especially looking for projects/ initiatives exploring critical strategies reconsidering and counteracting the principles of decision-making currently dictated by hegemonic political acting (see Chantal Mouffe) and neoliberal economic interests.

If you would like to contribute please contact us: office@urban-matters.org or fill in the online form

advisory board
Markus Bogensberger (architect; director of HDA/ House of Architecture Graz), Grant Kester (art theoretician; UCSD San Diego), Paul O’Neill (curator; director of Checkpoint Helsinki), Yasmine Ostendorf (curator; Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht/ NL), Kathrin Wildner (urban ethnologist; HCU Hamburg), Jane Rendall (art/ architecture theoretician; The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London), Georg Winter (artist; HBK Saar / Saarbrücken)

PLANNING UNPLANNED is a research project conducted by Barbara Holub at the Institute for Art and Design/ Prof. Christine Hohenbüchler at the Faculty of Architecture/ University of Technology, Vienna

Research team:
2016: Simone Schwaiger, Falk Kremzow (tutors)
2012–2016:  Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Karin Reisinger
2010–2012: Univ.Ass. Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn. Inge Manka / Ass.Prof. Mag.art. Dr.phil. Karin Harather / Dipl.-Ing. Bernadette Krejs