Are communities our safety net?

Posted on: 25th September 2019

Are communities our safety net?

public symposia on co-living


Zipernowsky Tudományok és Művészetek Háza

Bartók Béla út 33., Budapest, 1114

date & time

Saturday, 5.10.2019: 09:30 – 12:30

The symposia concentrates on the question: “What can design do for the future of our living?”

Who is speaking?

In the program we meet several Austrian architecht, including Ernst Grubers keynote, Democracy at your doorstep: Six alternatives to the destructive effects of neoliberalism will be a unique opportunity in Budapest to hear about the models of co-housing. Ulrike Schartner, from Gaupenraup+/- will present their recent project, Vinzidorf, a village giving home for homeless alcohol addict people, who would elsewhere never find a home. Also a model to look, how to create homes for marginalized part of the society. Annamária Babos will talk about the Hungarian project in preparation, including E-co housing in Zugló.

Babos Annamária

Annamária Babos is an architect and researcher. She is a founding member of Community Living Hungary (Közösségben Élni) and Cohousing Budapest initiatives. She graduated as an architect on TU Budapest (BME), Department of Residential Building Design in 2016. From 2018 she is the student of the BME Csonka Pál Doctoral School, at Department of Urban Planning and Design. Her research topic is about contemporary urban housing forms and liveable cities. She usually takes part with her colleagues in design works and competitions in the field of architecture and urban design. As a teacher, she participates in the training of architects and urban studies at the BME. She usually publishes the results of her researches in scholarly journals, architectural magazines, and conferences.

Ulrike Schartner

Homeless people with alcohol problems who can´t get any other shelter because of their condition or are not accepted by other social programs because of their illness, find a low-threshold facility in VinziDorf Wien. Volunteers and social workers take care of 24 alcohol addicted men, who can stay their for an unlimited period, (almost) without any conditions. A big part of the project was build with material donations and helping hands from pupils of HTL-Mödling and many volunteers.

Ulrike Schartner and Alexander Hagner founded the architecture studio gaupenraub+/- in 1999. Both had studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Some of their most renowned works include the “Eiermuseum”, the extension of MCM Klosterfrau Melissengeist, and the office of Agenda Austria. Beyond that, for the past seventeen years gaupenraub+/- was engaged in social projects, such as “VinziRast”, Memobil furniture for people living with dementia or “VinziRast-mittendrin”, where students and formerly homeless people live together, which has been granted the Urban Living Award 2013, got the Bauhernpreis 2014 and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The latest project “VinziDorf Wien” opened in 2018.


Ernst Gruber

The housing crisis cannot be solved by collaborative housing but it can offer a concrete alternative to the destructiveness of neoliberalism. In his keynote, Ernst Gruber will deliver built examples on aspects such as collective ownership, alternative financing, flexibility over time or the externalisation of private functions. Gruber is an architect, teacher and researcher based in Vienna. Within the interdisciplinary team at wohnbund:consult he is responsible for developing and realising innovative and socially responsible housing concepts. He has been board member of the Austrian umbrella association for collaborative housing since its founding in 2009 and teaches housing and urban planning at the TU Vienna.


afternoon workshop

The symposia will be followed by a blind date workshop with the local community and the experts of the panel.

Full program

Program is online

Please register.

Contact for Living

Anna Göttler (curator, designmanager)

supported by

The event is co-funded by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary, the Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, and the László Moholy-Nagy Design Grant.

Further supporters: In progress