Technical Excursions

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The Local Organizing Committee (many thanks to Alexander Auer) has arranged for six exciting technical excursions. For most of them, we will use public transport (within Vienna core zone) and participants are expected to possess the appropriate public transport ticket, see Travel Information. Because of limited capacities, you are required to register for any of the technical excursions via the congress registration tool.

Here is a list of the excursions we offer. For more information click on the respective title.

magdas Hotel: Refugees and integration

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Duration: 3.5 hours

Meeting time: August 24, Wednesday at 09:00

Meeting point: Campus WU, in front of Building TC

Transportation: By foot

This technical excursion will focus on Vienna’s reaction to the recent surge of refugees. Migrants with a refugee background face problems in finding work in Austria. Challenges include a lack of German, a reluctance on the part of some employers, and a long wait (of months or sometimes years) before the approval of asylum status, which is a requirement for legal employment.

A long term contribution to the integration of migrants into the job market is magdas hotel, where 2/3 of staff are former refugees. The hotel opened in February 2015 and is part of Caritas Vienna’s Social Business group. Their aim is to address social matters through a market approach, wherever possible. The concept of a social business is based on Nobel Prize-winner Muhammed Yunus: all income is reinvested, to create more social change. The hotel does not receive any public funding that is not also available to other companies. magdas hotel must be self-financing, without losing sight of its ultimate goal: improving the lives of otherwise marginalised people.

We will visit this innovative project, speak to the hotel manager, and discuss issues of integration with activists and refugees. The excursion will shed light on questions like: How are refugees affecting the city? What strategies are being used to aid integration? Which mistakes have been made, and are lessons learned from those mistakes?

Guided by: Gerhard Zwettler (magdas Hotel) and Kamal Mohamad (WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Seestadt aspern: Vienna’s most spectacular urban development project

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Duration: 3 hours

Meeting time: August 24, Wednesday 14:00

Meeting point: Campus WU, in front of Building TC

Transportation: Together by public transport

Vienna´s population is growing. The demand for jobs, housing space, and public infrastructure will increase accordingly. This is why many urban development projects are currently underway in Vienna to meet infrastructural needs. The most spectacular amongst them is located in the Northeast: aspern Seestadt! Stage by stage, a former airfield is being transformed into an entirely new lakeside neighbourhood. The development process launched in 2007 will gradually be complemented by traffic and transport links. Around 2028, some 20,000 people will be living in aspern, and as many workplaces will have been created.

Guided by: representatives of Vienna City Administration, Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG and Aspern Smart City Research (ASCR)

Web: http://www.aspern-seestadt.at/en, http://www.ascr.at/en/

Green Building Cluster: Viertel 2 and Campus WU

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Duration: 3.5 hours

Meeting time: August 24, Wednesday at 14:00

Meeting point: Campus WU, in front of Building TC

Transportation: By foot

This excursion takes you through the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Six international architects developed this site, on which 25,000 students and 1,500 employees study, work, teach and research. Generous public spaces and excellent local amenities invite students to stay. In addition to conventional teaching and learning spaces, you will find restaurants, bookshops, a supermarket, a kindergarten and sport facilities on campus.

The new campus is part of a wider urban development project. The new area Viertel 2, which is well known for its interesting mix of uses, developed after the subway line U2 was extended. In a first step, new office buildings for some of the largest Austrian corporations were established. The excursion will also give you an idea of the future planning concept for the area of the former harness racing track Krieau. Between Campus WU and the already implemented components of Viertel 2 800 apartments, 300 student apartments and 80,000sqm office space are built.

Guided by: Philipp Kaufmann (president OGNI, the Austrian Green Building Council)

Red Vienna: Public housing and social services

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By Dreizung (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Duration: 3.5 hours

Meeting time: August 25, Thursday at 14:00

Meeting point: Campus WU, in front of Building TC

Transportation: Together by public transport

Vienna today is strongly influenced by a period in the early 20th century known as “Red Vienna”. Between the end of WW I (1918) and the conservative military coup d’état (1934), Vienna was governed by the Austrian Social-Democratic Party (SPÖ) which tried to establish a form of “local socialism”. Most actively in the policy field of housing, but also in the provision of social services and leisure activities, more inclusive and collective activities and facilities were promoted.

At that time, SPÖ followed “Austro-Marxism” – ideologically located between reformist social democracy and revolutionary communism. Leaving the Habsburg Empire behind, Vienna held its first free communal elections on May 4th 1919. In these elections it became the first city of over a million inhabitants to appoint a social democratic administration. Its work between 1919 and the disruption of democracy in February 1934 earned much international acclaim.

The technical excursion will visit important monuments of this historic period. It will start with a short introduction on “Red Vienna”. The participants will then use public transport to visit important sites of “Red Vienna”, such as the huge public housing complex “Karl-Marx-Hof” or the public indoor swimming pool “Amalienbad”.

Guided by: Bernhard Leubolt (WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business) and Christian Fölzer (OEGB)

Industry 4.0: Transferring technologies from research to practice

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Duration: 3.5 hours

Meeting time: August 25, Thursday at 14:00

Meeting point: Campus WU, in front of Building TC

Transportation: Together by public transport

Industry 4.0 has increasingly moved into the focus of activities of companies, research institutions and policy makers. City planners, architects and regional developers expect to better link living, working and leisure, use less resources and improve services for inhabitants.

One of the aims of this technical excursion is to explain what is behind the expression “Industry 4.0”. You will learn about opportunities and the huge potential of Industry 4.0 by visiting pilot production plants where you will get insight into current research projects. Another important aspect is the influence of the digitalisation on city development. The City of Vienna works in close cooperation with well-known companies and research institutions on ground-breaking novel technologies that are deployed and continuously developed further to better meet the challenges of urban development.

Guided by: Roland Sommer (Plattform Industrie 4.0) and Dominik Weiss (TINA Vienna GmbH)

National Park Lobau: Natural habitat amidst urban development

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Duration: 3.5 hours

Meeting time: August 26, Friday at 09:00

Meeting point: Campus WU, in front of Building TC

Transportation: Together by public transport

The Viennese part of the Nationalpark Donau Auen – the Lobau – has been a protected area for almost 40 years. It attracted considerable attention during demonstrations against a projected water power plant in 1984. This year the Nationalpark Donau Auen celebrates its 20th anniversary. It stretches across 9.300 hectars and is the largest complete, ecologically intact natural riverine environment of its kind in Central Europe. It is jointly controlled by the City of Vienna, Lower Austria and the federal government.

The tour will start at the nationalparkhaus wien-lobAU, the most western visitor centre of the park. It is one of the gateways used by more than a million park visitors for recreational purposes like swimming, running or cycling each year. The tour will continue through the park with its riparian forests and an ecosystem that is left in its natural state. You will learn about the dynamic urban development around the Lobau, and the different consequences on visitor infrastructure and wildlife preservation. Potential negative effects were investigated in an international project which suggested a more differentiated and zoned use with recreational infrastructure to be developed at the forefront of the park and a more tranquilised use inside the Lobau.

Guided by: Alexander Faltejsek (Forestry Office and Urban Agriculture of the City of Vienna)