Reumannplatz - Polytope Places in Vienna
In the research-series:
Viennese Topographies at the Beginning of the Third Millenium
Building upon concepts of spaces which have been little developed for urban research we will use a new word in our research project "polytopic spaces". It differs from existing approaches, as well as from "heterotropic spaces" from Michael Focault, as from "non-spaces" (non lieu) from Marc Augé. Connecting these approaches is the thought of seeing spaces not only as explicitly room-like, but also as social practice.
The project examines a public place with empirical methods of social research, ethnography and additionally the view of architecture and landscape design: The Reumannplatz in Vienna, Favoriten. We will observe structure and daily situations in social usage by different groups of peoples and their forms of gaining co-ownership (?).
The Reumannplatz appears to be torn apart in its function, concept and aesthetic. It consists of many sub-places which are all highly multifunctional. The sub-places themselves are the result of uneqal planning and variable phases of construction. From this follows a differing usage, creating social diversity.
Public space in the city looses its traded function, while at the same time, new forms of usage and co-ownership of these places are created by the inhabitants. Multifunctionality and new forms of gaining co-ownership are the major topics of the places of a changing city. By comprising existing space-studies, the project gives a detailed picture of the Reumannplatz as a polytopic place of Vienna.
Stefan Arlanch, Nikolaus Hermann, Ilse Marschalek, Nicoletta Piersantelli, Sarah Zaussinger
Oikodrom The Vienna Intsitute of Urban Sustainability.