DESIGNING PLACES OF EMANCIPATION? // 2014
emancipation // participation // collaborative planning // urban periphery // activism // cultural practices // communication
WWTF summer school organized by SkuOR, an Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at TU Vienna, exploring the possibilities and limitations of participatory action research as an empowering catalyst for the constitution of city publics. We worked in five teams, each engaged in one of five learning fields revolving around participatory processes, cultural and emancipatory practices and everyday life, relations between material, mental and lived space. In the course of the workshops we were encouraged to overcome our preconceptions and biases towards urban peripheries by exploring the outskirts of Vienna, Floridsdorf and the former Gasworks Leopoldau.
Two seemingly opposite processes were at play at the site of the Gasworks: the city-led cooperative housing planning strategy and the emancipatory practices of a group Viennese activists aiming to empower local dwellers and promote cultural agendas. Our team was supported by Anton Lederer of
Photos by Esra Balik