Donnerstag, 06. Dezember 2012, 19.00
Domestic Trojan Horses
Presentation and Talk

By subsuming the whole human intellectual, relational and affective faculties, contemporary bio-capitalism put life itself at work, overcoming any conventional labour/dwelling space distinction and assuming the unpaid women labour, namely household management, reproduction and care, as paradigmatic form of exploitation. This talk will use the figures and the cages of Francis Bacon’s painting to explore three coeval architectural projects that purposely subverted the stereotyped middle-class domestic interior.


Francesco Marullo,  Architect, Rotterdam


In cooperation with Expanded Design

Donnerstag, 29. November 2012, 19.00
For a critique of the Natural City
Presentation and Talk

Since Laugier urged to “read the city as a forest” modernity has hailed the idea of environment as both management model and solution to the pressure of metropolitan life. This inquiry discusses paradigmatic cases in which the rhetoric of nature has informed modern citymaking and their hidden social agendas. The Natural City is post-ideological; yet, if politics is what defines humankind, the post-political subject is nothing but an animal – the subject of biopolitics as the ultimate act of oikonomia.

Maria S. Giudici, Architect and Educator, Architectural Association in London

In Kooperation mit Expanded Design

Donnerstag, 08. November 2012, 19.00
Meaningful Media: Strategies for Social Change
Media Activism #3

The digital revolution, for it truly to be revolutionary, involves more than increasing efficiencies of production and distribution. It involves profoundly different ways of understanding the world and ourselves. We create our media, and our media then re-create us. Where are our media leading us—politically, spiritually, psychologically? Do we want to go there? How can we influence our own futures via the kinds of media that we create and use? How can media contribute to resolving conflicts? Should there be, for example, a photography of peace at least as important as the
photography of war?


Fred Ritchin, PixelPress / New York University's Tisch School of the Arts


In cooperation with TFM - Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, University of Vienna, and WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie

Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2012, 19.00
Asylum: Is there European Solidarity?
Time to Talk

Most of the people who flee to Europe end up in Greece, Italy and Spain. The authorities in these countries are overwhelmed with this influx and have asked for support from other member states. What does European solidarity signify with respect to asylum and ensuring the protection of fundamental human rights? Will the enactment of the Common European Asylum System CEAS at the end of this year actually improve the situation for those seeking asylum while supporting the principal countries of arrival?


Anny Knapp, asylkoordination österreich 
Alessandra Sciurba, activist and sociologist, Lampedusa/Padua, Italy
Josef Weidenholzer, Member of the European Parliament, SPÖ
Moderation: Corinna Milborn, Journalist and Author

Part of the "Crisis in Europe" debate series, organized by the European Network of Houses for Debate Time to Talk, with the support of the Open Society Institute.

Freitag, 19. Oktober 2012, 19.00
A View of the EU by Non-members
Time to talk

Is the European Union still attractive for its potential candidate countries? During a visit to the Kremlin, the Prime Minister of Turkey, which has stood in negotiations for admission to the EU since 2005, recently joked about forgetting the EU if his country were accepted to a rival organization in Asia. And the Swiss electorate has already voiced its opposition to membership in the EU in two referenda.

Ayhan Kaya, European Institute, Bilgi University, Istanbul 
Mandana Roozpeikar, Political Scientist, Zürich 
Moderation: Adelheid Wölfl, Editor of Foreign Affairs, Der Standard


The presentation will be in English.

Part of the "Crisis in Europe" debate series, organized by the European Network of Houses for Debate Time to Talk, with the support of the Open Society Institute



Donnerstag, 04. Oktober 2012, 19.00
New Metropolitan Mainstream
Presentation and Talk

The city of Vienna is often presented as being “different” – compared to other cities. Points of reference being: leftovers from the progressive social policies of the historical “red Vienna”-period, the large stock of social housing, well functioning public infrastructure, relatively low sociospatial fragmentation, and a generally assumed high quality of living. At the same time urban politics are growingly marked by what can be called a “new metropolitan mainstream” – focussing on competitiveness, flagship projects, large festivals and consumer oriented public spaces, middle class oriented urban renewal and housing projects. Furthermore, the effects of the crisis are exacerbating the situation on the housing market. In the face of growing sociospatial polarisation and precarisation of living conditions conflicts around the “right to the city” seem to gain visibility. During the event some recent developments and key contradictions in Vienna will be discussed against the background of experiences in cities like Zurich and Berlin.


Britta Grell, INURA Berlin, wzb Berlin
Anna Hirschmann, pizzaria, Wien
Philipp Klaus, INURA Zürich, ETH Zürich
Bettina Köhler, INURA Wien, Universität Wien


Lukas Tockner, AK Wien
Moderation: Justin Kadi, INURA Wien, TU Wien


Eine Veranstaltung vom International Network for Urban Reserch and Action - INURA Wien


Dienstag, 02. Oktober 2012, 19.00
Bach in the City
Presentation and Talk

„Baches“ sind in Neuseeland einfache, von EigentümerInnen traditionell aus gefundenem und geschenktem Material gebaute Ferienhäuser. Mit dem Projekt Bach in the City wurdein Ottakring der Gedanke des „Bach“ im öffentlichen Raum erprobt: Die Architektur sollte spontan entstehen und zeigen, wie mit scheinbar wertlosen Gegenständen improvisiert werden kann. AnrainerInnen und Interessierte waren eingeladen mitzubauen. Aus der unmittelbaren Erfahrung stellt sich die Frage, was eine Akupunktur-Intervention im urbanen Raum bieten und bewirken kann.

Walter Klasz, Architekt
Veronika Kotradyova, Fakultät für Architektur, TU Bratislava
Paul Woodruffe, Unitec Auckland, Neuseeland
Moderation: Thomas Stini, Architekt


Presentation and talk will be held in english


Eine Veranstaltung von Soho in Ottakring im Rahmen von CULBURB – Cultural Acupuncture Treatment for Suburbs

Montag, 01. Oktober 2012, 19.00
Occupy in Europe
Time to Talk

In the fall of 2011, it appeared for a moment as if the Occupy movement would continue to grow in the United States and also throughout Europe. Since then it seems as though there is much less "ado" about Occupy. At the same time, in Europe there is a long tradition of successful occupations of buildings, universities, neighborhoods and public spaces. The Gängeviertel in Hamburg and ¡Democracia Real YA! in Spain are two important examples.

Robert Foltin, Activist and Author, Vienna
Aitor Tinoco I Girona, ¡Democracia Real YA!, Barcelona 
Marion Walter, Das Gängeviertel, Hamburg 
Moderation: Christoph Virgl, researcher focusing on protest activities


The talk will be held in english

Part of the "Crisis in Europe" debate series, organized by the European Network of Houses for Debate Time to Talk, with the support of the Open Society Institute