URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS AND
QUALITIES OF LIFE IN THE GROWING CITY
International Conference on Working Class Districts 2017, Vienna, 14.-15.09.2017.
Urban Transformations and Qualities of Life
Growing cities are focal points of societal and scientific developments, in which economic innovation and technical achievements stand out just as much as social polarization and ecological crises. The interdisciplinary recognition and detection of global developments and urban trends is substantial for the reflection of societal conditions and perspectives and the development of political alternatives.
Special focus on Working Class Districts
At the center of the conference are the working class districts arising from industrialization, which are currently subject to specific dynamics in growing cities and which are connected with various challenges for the local population. The increase of urban population, polarization of the job market, upgrading of the city center, housing shortage or the limited municipal budgets and spatial capacities result among other things in that the often peripheralized districts of the modern precarity become central target areas of urban development and governmental politics.
The aim is to discuss current research results, to determine contemporary challenges and to contribute to the sustainable development of working class districts.
Keynote Speakers A-Z
- Dr. Marie Glaser, Director ETH Wohnforum – ETH Case
- Prof. Dr. Susanne Heeg, Professor of Urban Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
- Prof. Dr. Felicitas Hillmann, Professor of urban Transformation in international perspective, Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung / TU Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Ali Madanipour, Professor of Urban Design, Newcastle University
- Ass. Prof. Dietmar Offenhuber, PhD, Assistant Professor Northeastern University, Boston
- Prof. Dr. Christoph Reinprecht, Professor of Sociology, University Vienna
Research themes and perspectives
The conference focuses on transformative processes in eight thematic blocks, in which the scientific discourse and innovative projects shall be discussed.
- Social Inequalities, Identities and Urban Diversity
- Economic Transformations and Social Municipal Politics
- Health, Stages of Life and Demographic Development
- Densification, Social Infrastructure and Social Spaces
- Urban Planning, Urban Qualities and Participation
- Architecture, New Urban (Housing) Forms and Affordable Housing
- Renewable Energies, Photonics, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Restorations
- The Future of Urban Mobility and of Innovative Traffic and Transportation
- Scientific Project Team „Quality of Life of urban Spaces“ of the University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien
- Department Building and Design: Isabel Glogar, Ana-Maria Simionovici, Edmund Spitzenberger
- Department Health: Angelika Eder, Peter Putz
- Department Social Work: Andreas Bengesser, Marc Diebäcker, Christoph Stoik
- Department Engineering: Markus Wellenzohn
- Academic Institutional Development as part of the project „WienerWissensWelt-Trendradar für Markt und Wirtschaft” funded by the City of Vienna (MA 23): Susanna Boldrino, Petra Zeiller-Vesely . The University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien organizes the conference as part of the Project “WienerWissensWelt-Trendradar für Markt und Wissenschaft” funded by the City of Vienna (MA 23).
- INUAS International Network of Universities for Applied Sciences: University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien, University of Applied Sciences Munich, and ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
- INUAS-Coordiantion (Int. Office): Katharina Kloser
- Isabel Glogar
- Petra Zeiller-Vesely
If you require a sign language interpreter or a wireless FM system or need any other support in order to attend the conference please get in touch with us until August 1st 2017: Petra Zeiller-Vesely [ email@example.com, phone: T: +43 1 606 68 77-6906 ]. Please note that after this deadline no support can be organized.
Partners and Funders
The Department MA 23 of the City Government of Vienna is responsible for economic forecasting, innovation and statistical analysis of data relevant to the development of the city. MA23 further funds local Universities of applied Sciences through grants (Wiener FH-Förderung) together with the Science, Technology and Innovation department of the City Government of Vienna.
The „International Network of Universities of Applied Sciences“ INUAS was founded 2011 and is an institutional cooperation between three universities of applied sciences belonging to the DACH-region (territorial entities where German is an official language). In the context of the network, the University of Applied Sciences Munich (Germany), University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien (Austria) and ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) address in particular questions regarding urban and regional quality of life concerning the three metropolitan regions.