The MoV will exhibit an exploration of Vienna’s housing model. HINT:  it’s really different from Vancouver’s.   Here’s more background.

  • Wednesday May 17 to Sunday July 16, 2017
  • Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St., at Vanier Park.

The Vienna Model exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Forster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

Vancouver is consistently ranked alongside the Vienna as one of the world’s most livable cities. Vienna has a stable housing market, with 60% of the population living in municipally built, owned, or managed housing. By comparison, Vancouver is undergoing a housing crisis. Vienna’s housing history and policies provides alternative approaches for British Columbia.

As Vancouver embarks upon a community engagement process revolving around housing, The Vienna Model expands discussion about urban planning options and encourages dialogue and debate on the future of the city.

Another intro is HERE, but you need to scroll down the page a bit.  Some of Vienna’s designs are whimsical, colourful and arresting (see below).  Maybe a bit too whimsical, a bit too colourful for Vancouver. Oh well.  We can dream.

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The Hundertwasser-Haus in Vienna, designed by the expressionist painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina. Credit:   Isik Mater.

This 49 minute video explores a 3200-unit residential development in Vienna.