Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012 - The Right to Green

Vienna, Austria, Hong Kong, Paris,

Sport & Wellness, Ville,


The urban issues revealed by "Hands-On Urbanism" come from below, and as such make pressing new demands on urban development and the use of resources, to which architects must respond.

Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012 - The Right to Green
"Hands-On Urbanism" refers to spaces and dwellings built by people in collectives and movements.
The exhibition open until June 25 at Architekturzentrum in Vienna offers an overview of the movement through 19 international case studies by curator Elke Krasny in different cities around the world: Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havana and Quito.

The exhibition looks at citizens? re-appropriation of land in urban spaces, stories of social cohesion and independent organisations that have overcome crisis situations with grassroots solutions.
These small projects have in some cases brought about great change. Situations which force people to reconsider the role of the architect, social responsibility, use of resources, infrastructure policy and urban planning regulations.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Title: Hands-On Urbanism 1850 – 2012, The Right to Green
Curator: Elke Krasny
Dates: 15/03/2012 - 25/06/2012
Location: Vienna, Austria
Illustrations: courtesy of Az W (Architekturzentrum Wien)



01. What will the Harvest be? Somewhere (artist collective), Abbey Gardens in London © Elke Krasny

02. Ma Shi Po Village, New Territories in Hong Kong © Shu-Mei Huang

03. Settlement Rosenhügel in Vienna © Archiv der :ah! Siedlung Rosenhügel

04. Schrebergarten (allotment garden) in Leipzig © Archiv Deutsches Kleingärtnermuseum in Leipzig e.V., Deutschland

05. "Future on the Schmelz“, allotment gardens in Vienna  © Una Steiner

06. The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor © Wilde Westen, Marjetica Potrc

07. Liz Christy, Community Garden, New York © Donald Loggins

08. Organopónicos Populares (Urban Community Gardens) in Cienfuegos, Kuba © Bohn&Viljoen Architects

09. Waste utilisation plant, Centro do Triagem da Vila Pinto, Brazil © Fernando Freitas Fuão

10. Princess Garden, a mobile urban farm in Berlin © Elke Krasny

11. e 12. The Exhibition "Hands-On Urbanism 1850 - 2012. The Right to Green" © Pez Hejduk


Stay in touch with the protagonists of architecture, Subscribe to the Floornature Newsletter