»Vienna provides space« workshop

More and more people want to help shape their living environment – a piece of their city. When it comes to implementing their ideas and obtaining the necessary permits, many questions arise: What all needs to be approved? Who is responsible? How long does it all take? And what does it cost? – Almost always, applications have to be made to several magistrate’s departments to get a project approved. The approval requirements are often difficult to understand or not always easy to find.

The City of Vienna is countering these challenges with the »Wien gibt Raum« (Vienna provides space) project and is thus also pursuing the goal of the Public Space sector concept to support initiatives in helping to shape their city. The One-Stop-Shop of »Wien gibt Raum«, which is currently being set up and is a pioneering project throughout Europe, will gradually become the ONE contact point for more and more concerns, for information and digital application possibilities. The team of the #kommraus – Forum Public Space has organised a call for ideas so that civil society initiatives and universities can design events for the programme in the #kommraus Forum in mid-May 2019. The approval of these ideas and their implementation is the responsibility of the initiatives themselves.

Aim of the workshop

With this workshop in cooperation with »Wien gibt Raum«, the curation team of the #kommraus Forum would like to support the initiatives and their projects that were selected in the call for proposals. Afterwards, the initiatives will know what needs to be approved and who to contact. In addition, the initiatives will be asked what information they need and where they are looking for / have looked for as preparation to further develop the offer of Wien gibt Raum.

What for?

»Wien gibt Raum« has entered a beta phase with the first online applications. In the next step, additional digital application options will be developed in connection with a comprehensive information service. Especially by providing transparent information and pointing out possible uses of the public space, the project also wants to actively enable uses of the public space. In this conception phase, the workshop also serves as a feedback platform to ascertain the concrete information needs. Because where interested people look for and find the information and which questions arise is valuable information.

Workshop leader

  • Timon Jakli – City of Vienna / »Wien gibt Raum«, PID – Press and Information Service, MA 53
  • Beatrice Stude – freelance curator #kommraus Forum Public Space


  • Representatives of the City of Vienna
  • Representatives of Local Agenda 21 Vienna, Grätzloase
  • Representatives of initiatives organising events for #kommraus Forum on Public Space
  • Curation team #kommraus Forum on Public Space

Further information