Vienna Slow Capital


Acupuncture for the City


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Editors: Stefan Gruber, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

 

Vienna: Slow Capital challenges the city’s urban development over the past twenty years. It dismisses the dire attempts at global competitiveness and the generic representation of financial power through sheer size—to rediscover one of Vienna’s utmost characte-ristics: slowness. Slowness is a privilege, one that maybe only the “world’s most desirable city to live in” can afford, but also at the risk of losing its rank in order to maintain its quality. Vienna: Slow Capital questions the city’s gradual paradigm shift away from soft urban renewal to the extensive urban developments since 1989. How will future generations evaluate the urbanization of Vienna’s so-called second Gründerzeit? Are the large developments typical of Vienna’s ‘90s and the first decade of the millennium truly incompatible with the historic city?

 

Vienna Slow Capital


Acupuncture for the City


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Student projects from the platform for Geography, Landscapes and Cities challenge the seeming incompatibility. They explore the potentials of instrumentalizing the capital investments of the big projects for transforming urban life in the dense Gründerzeit neighborhoods.Through careful readings of the urban milieu, the projects aim to have a systemic impact on the city by triggering effects that exceed the physical boundaries of a site—Acupuncture for the city.