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Urban neighbourhoods are important arenas of social interaction and interethnic coexistence. Super-diversity in neighbourhoods mirrors the problems experienced on a wider scale and neighbourhoods shaped by diversity require locally determined solutions. Municipal policies have more recently focused on developing local initiatives to address social and integration problems.

The ICEC project will compare the aims, features and outcomes of neighbourhood development programmes in three different cities: Amsterdam, Vienna and Stockholm. In September 2013, the ICEC project team had their first meeting in Vienna. After selecting the case study neighbourhoods, the team members in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Vienna began work on identifying important policy measures that will be crucial to their analysis.

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The Wiener Bezirkszeitung Mariahilf (local district newspaper) has published a report on the research carried out by the ICEC project team and featuring Dr. Josef Kohlbacher of the Vienna research team.

The project conclusion was held at a theatre in Gumpendorf, a part of Vienna’s 7th district and one of the case study areas for ICEC’s three-year research project. For a full report on the event and downloadable research results in different languages click here.

Download the full article (in German) or visit meinbezirk.at to read it online.

 

ICEC Final Conference

Last Wednesday, the ICEC team finalised the long journey of the 3-year research project with a final conference in Vienna. In the creative space of the TAG Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße, Julia Dahlvik, Yvonne Franz and Josef Kohlbacher (all ISR) presented their research results and the ICEC poster to project partners, collaborators and interested members of the public (download here).

The results were discussed with Nathalie Binder (initiative Matznergarten), Florian Brand (Urban Renewal Office 7/8/16) and Markus Rumelhart (district mayor in Mariahilf, 1060 Vienna) followed by neighbourhood walks through the district. Markus Steinbichler (Urban Renewal Office 6/14/15) highlighted spaces from the  “Miteinander in Mariahilf” neighbourhood project, Julia Dahlvik discussed the role of the public space as space of encounter, Yvonne Franz explained the concept of urban living labs and Josef Kohlbacher showed the relevance of a diverse street for the neighbourhood with changes along Gumpendorfer Straße.

The common sense for interethnic coexistence in superdiverse neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, Vienna and Stockholm can be found in a small detail that may comes unexpectedly: Small, superficial contact with others in the neighbourhood is of crucial relevance to create attachment and potentially co-responsibility in the long term.

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Click the thumbnails of the poster to download our results at a glance in the ICEC Poster in German and English.

The slides from the presentations can be downloaded here:

And if you want to get a glimpse of the atmosphere during the final presentation, have a look at our photo album.

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ICEC Vienna featured in City of Vienna’s Research Magazine

ICEC Vienna‘s researchers Yvonne Franz and Josef Kohlbacher have been featured in this quarter’s Forschung und Entdecken, the City of Vienna’s magazine specially dedicated to research being carried out in the city, in all disciplines and areas. 

The article looks at the work and methods of Dr. Franz and Dr. Kohlbacher in direct contact with people living in the areas they are investigating and gives a brief overview of some of the project findings so far. Neighbourhood centres, where people come into closer contact with each other are important and support people in feeling a sense of belonging and tolerant attitudes to others.

Download the full article (in German) here, or leaf through the whole magazine here.

For more information about the areas in Vienna that are being investigated as part of the ICEC project, click here.