City Safari - discover the Kreuzgasse Quarter in Vienna

                                                              

City Safari - discover the Kreuzgasse Quarter in Vienna

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Solution proposed by: 
Gebietsbetreuung Stadterneuerung 9/17/18_Local Urban Renewal Office + Association of Merchants Kreuzgasse
In a Nutshell: 
In 2014 we developed a discoverer diary from the residents' tips and stories that invites to a city safari into the quarter Kreuzgasse in Vienna. The interactive diary has been published in printed form and as blog. It can be customized and updated individually by the residents.
Where and When: 
The project has started in September 2014 and has been implementing in the quarter Kreuzgasse in the 18th district, in the western part of the city of Vienna.
Challenges: 
The purpose of this playful approach is to sensitize the residents to a conscious perception and thus handling with their close living environment. By activating the residents through sharing their stories we want to achieve a higher identification with their city parts. Also using different methods of approach, social media as well as personal contact, we want to reach different residents. Thus an active and diverse group of residents can also be activated for different participation processes in public space in the future.
Innovation: 
Participation processes are very complex issue, when it comes to the reaching of the residents. In order to reach “less loud” groups of people, who usually wouldn't take part in traditional participation processes, the innovative part is that we are working with building trust. Trust is one of important issues when building local networks, which can be used productively in different designing participation processes later on.
Concept: 
City Safari - is a project consisting of different layers: - social media: by presenting the contents of our research, stories told by residents and city users we are making information and gained knowledge visible to a wider audience. The quarter becomes more attractive for the residents, they can also easily participate online, they don't need to register when contributing to the blog. Passive users can also easily recognize and appreciate the area where they live. - printed city diary: it inspires and encourages residents to walk through the quarter with open eyes and thus make them more conscious for things that function well and they like but also for issues they would like to change. - analog blog: a wallpaper in one of the windows of Kreuzgasse, where people who usually don't use social media get informed about what is happening in their neighborhood. - city part tours: are organized for the residents several times during the year. By using strollology methods and walking to try raise the consciousness about interesting things in the quarter, which can't be seen on the first sight or which are usually only known by insiders.
Description: 
The quarter around Kreuzgasse in the 18th district of Vienna was mostly built after the industralization of the city in the late 19th century. It has a high building density and a low density of green surfaces. The old businesses left a mark on it, today you can still find a high density of car workshops, which replaced former carriages works. Changed consume behavior in the society left also a mark on the streets of this quarter, empty stores are very usual here. Close to the main hospital it hosts lots of medical services, different school and is home of students, workers, elderly people but also young families. This quarter is very diverse, nevertheless residents usually have complaints about it: that nothing is happening there, that there are no green areas, that there are too many cars and too less parking spots, that the market is not working, that there are too many empty stores, etc. Public space has definitively a lot of potential, sidewalks are too narrow, cars are parked everywhere, there is a lack of green spots and also sitting benches. Public space has been neglected in the past decades. Nevertheless people also like to live here, and that was one of the reasons why we started the project, with their stories and hints. We see that as the first part of the participation process where the empowerment of the residents takes place. With this strong base we think that the future discussions about public space can have a productive and more sustainable form.
Impacts: 
After 1,5 year of the project running we managed to build an online community which is becoming very active regarding public space issues, which is the most important impact for now. For people moving into this quarter the blog is an important information portal about what they can find in this area. It contributes to the sustainability of the urban context through a high potential for the identification of the residents with their surrounding neighborhood, which make them active partners in the discussion about public space.

Photo Gallery

01_Analog Blog On Site/GB*9/17/18; 02_KickOff Safari/GB*9/17/18; 03_Streetart/GB*9/17/18; 04_Local Economies/GB*9/17/18; 05_Social Housing Tour/GB*9/17/18;
01_Analog Blog On Site/GB*9/17/18; 02_KickOff Safari/GB*9/17/18; 03_Streetart/GB*9/17/18; 04_Local Economies/GB*9/17/18; 05_Social Housing Tour/GB*9/17/18;
01_Analog Blog On Site/GB*9/17/18; 02_KickOff Safari/GB*9/17/18; 03_Streetart/GB*9/17/18; 04_Local Economies/GB*9/17/18; 05_Social Housing Tour/GB*9/17/18;
01_Analog Blog On Site/GB*9/17/18; 02_KickOff Safari/GB*9/17/18; 03_Streetart/GB*9/17/18; 04_Local Economies/GB*9/17/18; 05_Social Housing Tour/GB*9/17/18;
01_Analog Blog On Site/GB*9/17/18; 02_KickOff Safari/GB*9/17/18; 03_Streetart/GB*9/17/18; 04_Local Economies/GB*9/17/18; 05_Social Housing Tour/GB*9/17/18;