05 May

The Vienna Model – Housing for the City of the 21st Century

Enviromental sustainability Financing Mismatch Ownership and tenure Policies and regulations Promotion and production Urban design
Viena EN
May 5, 2022 - May 30, 2022 Face-to-face Madrid
Organizer: Guiding Architects Barcelona

Thanks to its innovative ideas, especially in the field of social housing, the city of Vienna has long played a pioneering role in the global debate on new strategies for the design and implementation of cutting-edge housing models and urban developments. 

Based on urban and social aspects, not only have projects of exceptional quality been realised throughout the city, but also entire neighbourhoods have been revitalised or new ones created. These concepts, whose historical roots go back to “Red Vienna”, represent dynamic opportunities to improve the quality of life in the contemporary metropolis by creating exemplary living environments. 

The Vienna Model: Housing for the City of the 21st Century takes a look at sixty landmark projects from the last 100 years. It also pays special attention to the art in public space that has accompanied municipally owned housing since the First Republic.


  • Exhibition curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking 
  • Exhibition design by MVD Austria 
  • Organised in Madrid by Lorenzo Kárász, director of Guiding Architects Barcelona 
  • With the support of the City of Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum Madrid, the Official Architects’ Association of Madrid (COAM) within the AHA (Affordable Housing Activation) UIA International Forum 2022 


Learn about our wide variety of online content and the face-to-face program for May 18, 19 and 20.
We discussed the barriers to access to housing and different types of sustainability.