The Good Urban Life

The Good Urban Life

Vienna jumps into 2030 with the 5th RESTORE Training School

5th and final #CostRestore Training School will take place in Vienna (Austria) on 21 to 25 September 2020. Applications submission deadline is August 10th, 2020. More information on how to apply and the contents here!

Vienna, 10th time in a row elected as most livable city in the world and European ‘capital’ of social housing seems to have all the ingredients of a successful urban environment. Despite these recognitions, the city is in a continuous struggle for general livability, affordable housing and acceptable implementations of smart technologies. These approaches are carried out in the background of sensational news, relaying on bold decisions, political facilitation and holistic planning. Broad ranging fields that define our urban environments and also this Viennese training school (TS) in September: ‘Jump 2030 – The Good Urban Life’.

The aim of the TS is the implementation of a holistic vision, a system thinking approach upon an existing Viennese quarter by using regenerative sustainable design principles. The challenge is to find a strategy that considers so called ‘Jumps’ which range from the district level to the in-between gaps. Interdisciplinary group work and a strong relation to the socio-cultural spirit of the district in general frame the TS topic of JUMP 2030 – ‘The Good Urban Life’.

The research and design project will represent an opportunity for enhancing ‘The Good Urban Life’ in all its manifestations. Socio-cultural aspects, governance considerations and potential implementation scenarios will enlarge the design approach of this TS. Approaches, which are discussed in morning input sessions, impacting the afternoon work of the participants.

The carried out works, results and findings will be considered and used as input by the City of Vienna for the freshly established ‘DoTank Circular City 2020-2030’ (DTCC30) multi-stakeholder platform. The aim of this platform is to bring the idea of a Circular Economy under the umbrella of the City´s Executive Group for Construction and Technology to the ground. Promoted by the EGCT Executive Group for Construction and Technology, City of Vienna. Therefore, additional publications are planned.

A dense education program is going to be finalised, stay tuned and join me on Monday 21st September for a kick-off talk introducing Restore and the ILFI Living Community Challenge framework 😉


REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy. The RESTORE Action affects a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, comfort, health, wellbeing and satisfaction inside and outside buildings, and in harmony with urban and natural ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature.

The RESTORE Action advocates, mentors and influences for a restorative built environment sustainability through working groupstraining schools (including learning design competitions) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). Also, in order to facilitate communication and dissemination of results, our Action offers conference grants and open access publication grants.

TS1 – Restorative Sustainability (Lancaster, UK 2017)
TS2 – Restorative Design (Malaga, Spain 2018)
TS3 – Restorative Buildings & Operations (Bolzano, Italy 2019)
TS4 – Rethinking Technology (Venice, Italy 2019)

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