sharing vienna

This is a short workshop run by Carlos Arroyo at the Institut für Kunst und Architektur (IKA) in Vienna as part of the Extremes of Living series

Friday, November 03, 2006


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

the bench
julia, hannah, ernst

Monday, October 09, 2006

Testing Preconceptions in a shared Space

In a public space we observed a static point in a place of constant movement.
We analysed the rules that applied to it and how they can be manipulated.
The documentation exemplifies the following aspects:

- movement
- ways of use (ergonomic)
- interaction of users (language, visual, physical)
- privatisation (sitting down, placing objects)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

thank you carlos!


Friday, October 06, 2006


Thank you so much!
I enjoyed visiting Shared Vienna with you!
and you all did such good work!

Please, do upload the complete files, or any post-produced docs you may want to add over the week-end , to complete the blog

bye for now

shared & enlarged /pia/teresa/andrea

shared - space
or how to enlarge your apartment

living in an apartment-house, you have to share all corridors and staircases
with neighbours and visitors.
though it seems to be a quite intimate space,
even if you always pay your rent one time,
you can´t do as you please,
in the space between the front door and your own flat!

there are lots of written (and even more unwritten) rules to make live easier...

"welcome to the shared space around the door to your flat!
use it with common sense...
may we ask you to follow some rules

...or do as you please!! "

diversion _ steffi ada onur

by changing the possibility to enter our academy
the mensa became a shared place

st stephan's stage

the st. stephans place in the heart of vienna is one of the most crowded areas in the city. tourists, passerbys, differnt street artists and other sellers use that open public space. events like the break- dance- show on the picture abouve are the everyday live of st. stephans. this kind of spaces and events are created by a particular numer of strollers which are captured by a performence and stop to watch it. the larger the groupe gets the more space they occupy and the bigger the event gets. the passerbys become the audience which have the power to create variouse sizes of arenas. till suddenly the number of paticipants is so enourmouse that nobody can actually see the artist and people don't stop any more. in a short animation we tried to discribe the relation between passerbys and acters befor-, during-, and after- those events.

Julia Zechmeister, Alex Mayer, Marcel Grabher, Paul Hebenstreit

smoke barrier for non smokers

the initial situation was an event at the aula of the academy of fine arts, where the smokers had to leave the party and created a barrier of smoke for non smokers.


Wohnhausanlage ´Karl-Marx-Hof´
Having a sign of “shared space” in every form of living

hanging clothes out - border where public beginns ?

I was looking for “shared space” in a “klassischer Gemeindebau”

Impressions of the unity of the building is
Clear visible, because of signs of form of architecture form and colour – also showing that the parks are a part of the “Gemeindebau” taken blue limits on all “borders” .like blue gates lamps and so on

Blue gates and lights are everey where as a sign of border -

from whom?

to what ?

The questions I was looking for

- have the people living in these houses made signs public
put private signs outside
- have the public made signs of there presents in the buildings
- how far can I go forward to come in one of these closed complexes

the staircase is besind do the terssasses

windows from the flats are passing

place for clothes on a hoke in the staircase

impression of private live "from the other side"

coming to the border on the top of the house

comimg to the groud and .......

last but not least “after the tour”

shared space does exist !!!!

At places which are not really prepared for this

SchutzZone Karlsplatz...Protection Zone Karlsplatz


Alexandre D´Aram

Sebastian Fischbeck

Rüdiger Suppin

Protection zone (Schutzzone Karlsplatz)

For many years the Viennese „Karlsplatz“ is one of the biggest attraction points for the local drug scene. Further more there is a primary school, a university, the “Karlskirche” as tourist attraction and a museum.

As well the “Karlsplatz” stands for a highly frequented transit space, because of the junctions of many public and private transport lines. Social and spatial circumstances led to the invention of this “Protection zone”.

The primary intention is the protection of the pupils from the influences of the drug scene.
Established in September 2006 it will last until December 2006.


Public space, which is normally defined through free access and free use, is defined in a new way.
An invisible, virtual boarder which excludes certain person and actions is created.
These do not necessarily have to be illegal to give the authority the right to expel persons from this public space. A new code accurse. A tendency of a society with total secureness gets a new spatial instance.

Shared Space

Various programs used or produced by various users define Shared Space.

The more diverse the program is (public - private; active - passive), the higher the potentials of conflict will be.

The potential of conflict stands in an inverse relation to the physical size of space.

changeover- public privat spce in housinggilbert berthold

shared- and private space:

my observations were about living and housing, to be more precise they were about the border between privacy and public.
I wanted to locate the changeover between public and private space
I thought of the normal houses in row construction in the center of vienna, where this changeover starts at the door in front of the staircase;
of the normal three or four storey high cottage community buildings (wohnsiedlungs-bauten), with attached private gardens or public grass surfaces where changeover still starts at the door in front of the staircase;
of the allotment houses (schrebergartensiedlungs-bauten) where fence and the garden door communicate a virtual border;
and of some special housing projects in vienna.
i focused on the atrium community building in pfarrgasse, inzersdorf planed by pruscha.
this building is situated in the form of an square, in the middle of other community buildings. on contrary to the other buildings it is braking the grid because its rotated with one side exactly to south.
around the square is a garden for the owners, but it is in no way indicated that the garden cant be visited by external persons.
the square is divided into four identical squares by two rectangular crossing ways. these with rows of trees planted ways are important to lead the owners to their flat, but it is still not sure if its private or public space on which you are moving. but a real strange feeling is occurring, if you enter on of the four tiny ways leading into one of the four identical squares. this tiny ways takes you in the center of one atrium bloc, inside one bloc are always two little (private, semi private or public?!?) yards with the access to the private flat, symbolized by an wooden door but if you look up you can see though the transparent balcony floors their arrangements of chairs and tables, plants and gymnastic bikes.

The Church_Stefan Vogt

The church is a place shared
by all the parishioners that
come to worship. It is open
to anyone under the condition
that the person who steps inside
accepts the rules. It offers a
number of identical seats,
according to the size of the
respective community, which
are all directed towards the altar,
where the priest is to be found
during the services.

What makes the church an examp-
ple for a kind of space sharing,
which is different than most of the
ones discussed in the workshop, is
the fact that the inhabitants also
share the same reason to be there.
The activity carried out with a ser-
vice is done together, that means
that everybody who is there at this
moment forms a group and doesn't
happen to be there by accident.

The act of sharing is precisly
figuring in one of the most
important moments of the
service. It is the one of the
holy communion, where on a
spiritual level, the lamb of
christ is being shared among all.
This is celebrated with a syblolic
act which underlines the notion
of sharing.The priest and the
servants are distributing the
altar bread from common cups
where each person has to pass,
who wants to make the communion.

The church as the place, where
the community comes together
and which integrates it, apears
in a very manifestant way in
the image you can see on the
right side. It shows a ground
floor plan of an old church in
Hartland, Ireland. It shows
every single seat with a red
point for a female and a blue
one for a male.
A list attached to it says to
whom it belongs, the seat num-
ber, the name, the age (the list
is of the year 1613), the proven-
ience, even a commentary about
him or her. So everybody is regis-
tered in the order, or the structure
of the church, and on the other hand
each one of them is an element,
not only of the religious community
but also of the church as a building.

On a more personal level the con-
fessional, a unique invention, is a
space where one can express
things that cannot be shared else-
where. And yet, everybody goes to
the same little cabin to share the
little sins of a religious live with a
human voice. We can imagine how
the priest of Hartland knew the deep
secrets of all the living souls of the

public space to rent! cheap!