Spaces for Creative Use. Potential for Vienna

Conducted by österreichische kulturdokumentation

Authors: Klaus Overmeyer, Siri Frech, Luc Knödler (Urban Catalyst)
Rudolf Scheuvens (IFOER/TU Wien), Anja Steglich (SKuOR/TU Wien)
Veronika Ratzenböck, Xenia Kopf (österreichische kulturdokumentation)

Published by: departure, the Creative Centre of the Vienna Business Agency, 2014

Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg
232 pages, numerous illustrations, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-86984-085-7
Price: € 28 (excl. postage and packing)

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Commissioned by departure, the Creative Centre of the Vienna Business Agency, together with Urban Catalyst, Berlin, IFOER and SKuOR of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), the österreichische kulturdokumentation has produced a study that examines the relationship between urban production and the urban area in Vienna from various different perspectives. The study, Spaces for Creative Use, addresses vacancy and interim uses, and outlines the spatial potential of creative uses in the growing and changing city.

Artistic, cultural and creative services permit not only local location and identity-building, they also offer a valuable basis for political participation and not least for innovations, employment and competitiveness. The cultural and economic creative potential of cities and their residents have also been recognised in the urban transformation processes. This development gives rise to a new relationship between urban production and urban space. Urban manufacturing is again becoming an important factor for the economic development of the city and thereby for the renewal of its urban potential.

In Vienna too, these processes are underway, and questions of vacancy and interim use are being taken up by urban planning. This study describes this spatial potential of creative uses in Vienna and formulates guidelines for their strategic promotion. The main questions in the study are: What is the relationship between relative uses and urban space? And how can the city influence and stimulate creative uses in the individual districts?

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