Friday, June 16, 2017

Housing in Vienna

Currently at the Vancouver Museum there is a display on social housing in Vienna. Titled 'Red Vienna', since the 1920s the city has been building social housing for a very substantial percentage of the population. To learn more, you can go here:
As I traveled around the city, I noticed many of these buildings. They are distinguished by their modest design and naming, along with the architect and date. There are lessons here for Vancouver.
I was also intrigued by some of the new expensive single family and multi-family housing I came across during my travels. Here are a few photos of earlier projects, some of which are not being renovated and 'greened':
I was intrigued by these glass walls that had been installed between a number of older social housing projects. They seemed to be too elaborate to be simply sound screens and that's because they are much more. According to Andreas Lindinger, "I just researched the glass noise barriers at Theodor-Koerner-Hof municipal apartment complex near Margaretenguertel and indeed those are noise barriers with integrated photovoltaic modules! See and (in German). It was built in 2007 and is the highest noise barrier with integrated PV in Vienna with 18m height and 150m length. It has a maximum capacity of 13.4 kWp and 190 m2 of PV panels which produces 9,380 kWh electricity per year and it cost EUR 3.5m."
Some of the more modern housing is not dissimilar to what one finds in many other European cities, or North American cities for that matter. 
I'm sure there was a bit of a battle before this was approved. Must have been a friend of the mayor or president!

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