In 2020, the annual exchange meeting of the City of Vienna on the subject of urban greening took place on September 16, as part of the IBA_Vienna at the “West”. IBA is the abbreviation for Internationale Bauausstellung (International Building Exhibition). The tradition of Building Exhibitions exists for more than 100 years: in the middle of the 19th century it became customary to present innovations in building technology at world exhibitions. Since then there have been a number of International Building Exhibitions at irregular intervals. What they all have in common is that they have always been mirrors of their time in terms of social, technical and cultural trends and developments. The IBA_Vienna is the first International Building Exhibition to be launched in Vienna, Austria. The City of Vienna has set itself the task of developing groundbreaking solutions and approaches to the challenges of our time. The centre of the exhibition is the issue of "new social housing". The IBA_Vienna is considering itself as a process and platform with broad involvement of key players in social housing and neighborhood development - in addition to planning and execution, developers and financing, research and teaching, as well as politics and administration, it is primarily the Viennese population.
In the in-person meeting under strict COVID-19 precautions, where I was invited to give a keynote lecture, the results of the city-internal project Greening Buildings 2.0 were presented and put up for discussion, from the topic of fire protection and the legal framework to current implementation projects and publications. My part was to talk about building greening and health and the effect of urban green on humans. In this scientific lecture, I introduced the TecEUS project as a best-practice example of how green facades and other urban green infrastructure could be used for research elucidating effects of environmental pollution on human health and wellbeing. The subsequent Q&A session was inspiring, and the audience (including important stakeholders for urban green and city administration) expressed interest to learn more about our project´s findings in the years to come.
Details and presentations can be found here: