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The Vienna Model / Das Wiener Modell

  • Bruna Press + Archive 221 Prospect Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)


Bruna Press + Archive and in collaboration with Paul Schissler and Galen Herz are pleased to present an exhibition featuring Vienna, Austria’s innovative approach to housing, architecture, and affordability, as well as urban, neighborhood, and community development.

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century – on view at 221 Prospect Street from April 6 through April 28, 2018 – presents social housing in the context of a stable housing market where over 60 percent of Vienna’s residents live in homes owned by the municipality or limited-profit organizations and where almost everyone who lives in Vienna can afford to live in the city.

This exhibition (curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking) illustrates how Vienna has an expanded menu of urban planning options. Bringing the exhibit to Whatcom County provides a space for dialogue around the future of our local cities and towns, where we hope the quality of life will be affordable.

The Vienna Model spotlights eight key principles through a series of photographs and interpretive displays: Social Mixing, Developing New Urban Areas, Diversity and Integration, Citizen Participation, Environment and Climate Protection, Developing Existing Housing Stock, Building on the Outskirts, Use and Design of Public Spaces, and the Role of Art. These principles have made Vienna one of the most livable cities in the world without making homes unaffordable for the people who live and work there.

Related Events

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a series of public programs that invite the community to attend and participate. All events will take place at Localgroup Studio, 221 Prospect Street, Bellingham.

April 6 (6pm-9pm)   

Opening reception free and open to the public

April 7 (11am-4pm)   

Community Discussion: Bellingham to Vienna

Join local community activists, professionals, representatives, and residents in a discussion on Bellingham’s current housing crisis and what might be learned from The Vienna Model. Special guests include Sabine Bitter and Jeff Derksen, organizers of the Vancouver, BC iteration of The Vienna Model exhibition and members of the research collective Urban Subjects.

April 16 (6:30pm-7:30pm)   

Documentary film screening: How to Live in Vienna (2013)

April 25 (6:30pm-8:00pm)   

Documentary film screening: Urbanized (2011)

April 28 (1pm-4pm)   Community Discussion: What If...?

Join local community activists, professionals, representatives, and residents in a discussion on what a better housing future might look like and what lessons from Vienna might work in our region.

We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred and ancestral home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice + heritage.