“Matznergarten”: Community Garden in Breitensee, Vienna

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Matznergarden, “Growing together”, GB*

Breitensee, an area in Vienna’s Penzing (14th) district, now has its first community garden, established under the motto “Growing Together!” and with the aim of growing both plants and community relationships.

ICEC partner GB* is working together with the organisation “Gemeinschaftsgarten Matznergarten” to create a new urban space of encounter, with the first season concentrating on getting to know the neighbourhood and fostering relationships with the local population.

The Matznergarten community garden will be one of the Vienna ICEC team‘s Urban Living Labs, and an example of a bottom-up initiated space of encounter. It follows an ongoing trend in Vienna which has seen several such community gardens established in recent years.

To read more about the project or to get involved, please visits the links posted below.

Related links:

Community garden Matznergarten

ICEC Profile: Breitensee

GB* supported community gardens in Vienna

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Advocate meeting: “Social Innovation Accelerators in Cities”

On 27th of June, 2014, the Institute for Urban and Regional Research (ISR) participated in a kick off meeting by a group of advocates for “Social Innovation Accelerators in Cities” in Berlin. The ISR at the Austrian Academy of Sciences is official member of the SEiSMiC Network in Austria and contributes knowledge and experiences in the implementation of urban living labs, as well as in identifying social innovation in onoing community-centred research. The group working on “Social Innovation Acceleratorsin Cities” includes entrepreneurs, private and public institutions from Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria and The Netherlands. The idea is to implement “Social Innovation Factories” to empower social innovation from citizens for citizens.

If you want to find out more, please see the report on the SIAC meeting in Berlin.

Neighbourhood project: “Hallo NachbarIn”, Vienna

On 30th April, the ICEC Vienna team participated in the kickoff event of the neighbourhood project “Hallo NachbarIn” (Hello Neighbour), a project which aims to increase the participation of residents in the Mariahilf district of Vienna in local events. Each Thursday, the “idea market” is open for suggestions from the local population about how  a nicer neighbourhood and cohesion amongst neighbours might be best achieved.

In cooperation with the Urban Renewal Office 6/14/15, the ICEC Vienna team will be present at the weekly market at Kurt-Pint-Platz ( 1060, Vienna) to engage with local residents. We are looking forward to gaining an insight into neighbourhood belonging and interethnic coexistence. See you at the market!

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ICEC Baseline Studies online

The ICEC Baseline Studies lay the foundation for an analysis on how can cities promote interethnic coexistence in the local context and which political measures are the most adequate for strengthening the integrative power of an urban neighbourhood as a place of living and identification of a diverse urban population.  Albeit largely descriptive, they aim to provide a detailed account of each city´s diverse population in the context of immigration and how the city´s administration and political actors have developed urban policies dealing with diversity. These ICEC reports present basic yet relevant information that will be needed for answering ICEC´s main research questions.

The reports can be downloaded from our publications page.

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Herbststrasse 15, Vienna

In June 2014, our project partners from the Urban Renewal Office opened their new community center in one of our study areas – Hippviertel in Ottakring. The “Herbststrasse” will also serve as a place of encounter within our “urban living lab“. Below are some impressions from their opening event.

You´ll find more information on their ongoing activities here (in german).

Skärholmen

Impressions from our field trip in Skärholmen, Stockholm – June 2014. For more information about the area and why it was chosen to be a ICEC case study area, please visit the district profile page.

Welcome

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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