Artistic-urbanistic strategies, (public) art projects, urban interventions, programs and organizations of diverse cultural and geopolitical 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 to be an adequate response to today’s challenges of a multilayered society permanently on the move. Especially during the last decade many projects and initiatives have been developed by urban practitioners (architects, urbanists, artists, and experts from diverse backgrounds) for engaging in producing projects for a more just society by counteracting neoliberal economy, which is still the driving force for urban development. Yet, these projects continue to be a parallel production to conventional planning methods which are still 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 involved in urban matters as potential for a new transdisciplinary role: the urban practitioner. www.urban-matters.org also serves as information platform for current urbanistic issues between research, theory and practice, transferring the experience of specific local, urban and regional contexts and their issues of public space and society, to other specific contexts worldwide. Therefore the projects also point out the specific urban, political-societal context and issues they address.
practitioners and theorists to contribute to this platform:
www.urban-matters.org collects 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 artistic and spatial strategies (see Jane Rendell) reconsidering and counteracting the principles of decision-making currently dictated by neoliberal economic interests, for establishing innovative methods of urban planning as major element for producing a more just society.
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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.
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 Rendell (art/ architecture theoretician; The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London), Georg Winter (artist; HBK Saar / Saarbrücken)
Dipl.Ing Dr. Barbara Holub (head of research)
2016: Simone Schwaiger, Falk Kremzow (tutors)
2012–2016: Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Karin Reisinger (research assistant)
2010–2012: Univ.Ass. Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn. Inge Manka / Ass.Prof. Mag.art. Dr.phil. Karin Harather / Dipl.-Ing. Bernadette Krejs (team)
Artist, architect, researcher; studied architecture at the University of Technology, Stuttgart; founded transparadiso with Paul Rajakovics (architect and urbanist) in 1999. Since 2001 member of the editorial board of dérive_magazine for urban research, Vienna. 2005-2007 member of the Public Arts Committee of Lower Austria. 2006-2007 president of the Secession, Vienna. 2007 Otto-Wagner-Award for Urban Design (transparadiso). 2010-2014 research fellow at the Institute for Art and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology, Vienna; 2014-2016 external field of expertise for Direct Urbanism; visiting artist at Social Design/ University of Applied Arts, Vienna; senior lecturer at the Institute for Art and Design/ Vienna University of Technology. Member of the advisory board of Art & Public Sphere magazine (UK); member of the expert committee for the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (RUS); since 2018 member of the jury “Culture in Public Space”, Stuttgart; external examiner at The Bartlett/ UCL, London.
Recipient of the Austrian National Art Award, 2018.
Professor and head of the Institute for Art and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology, Vienna; developing a focus on art and public space and how to acknowledge artistic practices and architectural planning as an equivalent to scientific research. artist, working in a team with Irene Hohenbüchler since 1989; focussing on social processes and transforming them into art projects. Installations and exhibitions in galleries, museums, art biennials (Venice, 1999; Periferic, Iasi, 2006), various kinds of institutions and in public or semi public spaces since the beginning of the 1990’s.