The ICEC project has hit the news in Austria! Dr. Yvonne Franz from the ICEC Vienna team has been profiled in the national newspaper Die Presse. Focusing on Yvonne’s work in the ICEC project in particular, the article talks about her research and participation in the living lab in the Hippviertel: a sewing course over six months which brought her into close contact with people living in the area.
The article is available to read in full online at the DiePresse.com
The article originally appeared in print on 12th September 2015, but the full version can also be read online at Die Presse.com.
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.
Community garden Matznergarten
ICEC Profile: Breitensee
GB* supported community gardens in 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!
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.
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).
International research has shown that urban neighbourhoods are still important arenas of social interactions and places of interethnic coexistence. Super-diversity in the neighbourhood is a microcosm, mirroring problem constellations at the city scale. Yet problems within diversity-shaped neighbourhoods require locally determined solutions. Thus, municipal policies have increasingly taken a territorial focus when addressing social and integration problems through neighbourhood-based initiatives.
Navigate through our website for more information on the project.