Best of Oikodrom

Oikodrom put together a paper of all publications released in the last 20 years. The publication consists of articles, films and project descriptions. 


Best of Oikodrom


Mulierem Fortem

Join our Mulierem fortem discussion on January 27th, 2014, at the University Vienna. See the programme and read about the project. More


Publication: "Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung"

We proudly announce that the reports of our interns Laura Liebel and Florian Kabinger were printed in the OeAD publication "Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung". For orders please visit: StudienVerlag.

More information see Young Science at Oikodrom and Nopoor project.


Mulierem Fortem

Join our Round table on January 15th, 5pm, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, and our Discussion on January 27th, 7pm, Universität Wien, to talk about science, art and gender during the Vienna University´s 650 jubilee in 2015. Read more


Nopoor in the Austrian magazine SUEDWIND

Read the article "Armut im Fokus" (Ivanceanu/ Tagesen) about challenges and potentialities of communication between science and politics.



Our online TV presents art works, performances, public lectures and artistic videos from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Watch SPACESTV


Come to Berlin and see: Every 7th person

The Konfuzius-Institut in Berlin invites to a documentary series on China. "Jeder siebte Mensch" / "Every 7th person" (see the trailer) by Ina Ivanceanu will be screened on Thursday, November 28th 2013 at 6pm. More


nopoor in the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard"

About nopoor - A common way to a new under- standing of poverty and strategies for dissemination of scientific results. Read the article


nopoor in the Austrian newspaper "Wiener Zeitung"

Heidi Dumreicher was invited to write a guest commentary: "Proteste in Brazilien - eine Fortsetzung des Kampfs gegen Armut"


Gemeinsam für nachhaltige Entwicklung - The future we want

Oikodrom was again happy to welcome eight students in the age of 16-18 to one month of science, theory, research, practice and discussion. Read more


Hot off the press:

Read the SPACES Article "Der Traum vom Raum" by Ina Ivanceanu, published in the SUEDWIND Magazine Nr. 7-8 July 2013


nopoor Conference Flash, Rio de Janeiro, June 2013

Protests in Brazil: Successes and failures in national efforts to fight poverty in Brazil



nopoor project annual meeting

10-12 June 2013

in Rio de Janeiro



SPACES: „Architecture of Common“

SPACES Caravan Ukraine; Kyiv
May 23 - May 28, 2013

Public events, discussions, workshops at Yunist factory



OUT NOW: Hammam Rehablitiation Reader

Westbahnhof City-as-a-Hill Sustainable Urban Implantation

This project was a series of three commissions from the Vienna Division of Urban Development and the National Bank of Austria to make studies and proposals for an ecological overbuilding of the main rail terminal yard in the city of Vienna with a new urban neighborhood. It was designed in a collaboration between Dr. Heidi Dumreicher, director of Oikodrom: Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability, and Prof. Richard S. Levine, director of the Center for Sustainable Cities, USA. The long term goal of the Westbahnhof project, as a Sustainable Urban Implantation was to heal the wound in the urban fabric created by the tracks leading to the terminal with a dense urban node of sustainability, which would have acted as a seed for a sustainability model that would spread to rest of Vienna and beyond. To provide for its material needs, the Westbahnhof project would have used a Partnerland, the town of Mistelbach, in the countryside near Vienna. Linking the Mistelbach with the Westbahnhof City-as-a-Hill Sustainable Urban Implantation would have enhanced the life quality of citizens of both places, by not only creating an economic and materials link between them, but by also creating an important social exchange between the citizens of the two places.

Alternative interchangeable urban modules were utilized to rapidly investigate the viability of the new urban fabric being designed. The urban modules were designed to offer a multitude of options that took into consideration public spaces, mass transit lines, public facilities, and linkages to the existing urban fabric, to name a few. This project is one of the many iterations of the City-as-a-Hill urban model.


Based on the medieval of Italy, which were cities on a hill, the City-as-a-Hill's surface is where residential and commercial buildings are located that would create a human-scaled urban environment cradling pedestrian activity. The interior of the City-as-a-Hill is designed to house large, un-pedestrian scale facilities such as factories, warehouse-type spaces, interior galleries, transportation, and vehicle parking, while leaving the surface of the hill open. The structural system of the City-as-a-Hill is a concrete Couple Pan Space Frame developed by Prof. Levine.


The Couple Pan Space Frame (CPSF) was used in the Westbahnhof project to span over the railroad tracks leading to the terminal. The CPSF is capable of long spans, uses less concrete than conventional concrete structures, creates space within the structure itself for utilities and infrastructure, and is easy and fast to build.