Robert Temel

Categories Urbanism Design

Time January 2012 to May 2014; 29 months

Client City of Vienna, Magistratsabteilung 19 – Architektur und Stadtgestaltung (Architecture and urban design)


The Vienna planning department wrote a “Architecture declaration” already in 2005, but this paper is hardly known inside of the city administration as well as outside. The red-green government policy statement of 2010 declares that guidelines for the built environment shall be developed. I received the commission to steer the development process and do the editorial work.

The guidelines shall help to increase the level of quality of the built environment. The means for that is awareness raising inside of the city administration and in companies related to the city so that all actors dealing with the built environment awake to their responsibility. The city acting exemplary in relation to building culture shall lead indirectly to all private actors in Vienna taking on their responsibility as well.


To achieve broad awareness and fixing of the guidelines in the city administration, we started the development process with a series of 35 interviews with almost all concerned departments and companies and a few external actors as well. Based on the content derived from the interviews, we conducted an internal workshop and another one with approximately 50 internal and external participants. This event was the initial point for the first written version which was finally put up for discussion in another big workshop. The remarks of the participants were integrated. After that, a coordination process with the concerned departments and political actors took place. At the beginning of 2014, a final text version of the guidelines for adoption by the City Council and of the program for the built environment to be used by the planning department were completed.

The program’s core, the guidlines for the built environment, wer adopted by the City Council on 29 April 2014. The City Council requested from the City Council Office and from the companies related to the city to use the guidelines as a rule for action.

Why is this a reference project?
The project is a long-term participatory development process. Its result, the program for the built environment and the guidelines, have declarative character as well as the objective to guide action directly through practical measures.

Project description

In autumn 2014, an exhibition took place in the Vienna Planungswerkstatt to communicate the guidelines. To bring the program to long-lasting life, there will be annual working groups dealing with different topics related to building culture who will develop proposals for further development. The first working group deals with education and building culture.

Reihung der Zustimmung zu Partizipation. | Grafik: RT Reihung der Zustimmung zu Partizipation. | Grafik: RT