Robert Temel is researcher and writer with focus on architecture, urbanism and culture.
Numerous research projects and studies, publications, journalistic work and education projects, design and organisation of numerous architecture- and urbanism-related events like congresses, lecture series, panel discussions. Author for many specialized and general media. Speaker of Plattform Baukultur (Platform building culture) and member of the Advisory Board for Building Culture of the Austrian Federal Chancellery since 2013. Co-founder and member of the board of Initiative für gemeinschaftliches Bauen und Wohnen (initiative for community building and housing) since 2009. Before that, chairman of Österreichische Gesellschaft für Architektur (Austrian Architectural Society) 2003 to 2009, member of the board 1998 to 2010.
At the annual conference of SRL: Developing the city socially, using land socially (Vereinigung für Stadt-, Regional- und Landesplanung e.V., Berlin; Association of urban, regional and national planning, Berlin) from 19 to 21 October 2017 in Munich, I gave a lecture:
My topic was: Land fund and municipal housing in Vienna. Further information can be found at the SRL website.
The city of Hamburg offered 2017 a prize, the Prize for building cooperatives, for the second time. I was chiarman of the judging panel.
Information on the winning projects can be found here (in German).
As part of the Neubauer Kulturherbst 2017 on 28 September I organized and led a panel discussion in public space about Auf der Straße in Neubau 2027 (On the street in Neubau 2027):
The panel at Siebensternplatz with Thomas Blimlinger (district mayor), Renate Hammer (Plattform Baukulturpolitik) und Henriette Spyra (BMVIT, department for mobility turn and decarbonization) discussed future changes to public space in the city.
At the Zusammen. Arbeit. Neu Marx (Working. Together. Neu Marx) workshop, which was part of the programme of Vienna Biennial 2017 (Robots. Work. Our Future), on 12 Sept. 2017, I gave a lecture on Cooperative living and working.
The workshop took place at the Vienna MAK, further information can be found at the website of the Vienna Biennial. Video documentation of the presentations and the discussion.
As a speaker of Plattform Baukulturpolitik (Platform architectural policy) I was interviewed on the occasion of the resolution of the board of ministers of Baukulturelle Leitlinien des Bundes (guidelines on building culture of the Austrian federal republic):
The radio station Ö1 reported on these guidelines which were decided upon by the government after a long period of work done in the framework of Beirat für Baukultur (advisory board on building culture).
Vienna’s subsidized housing caught in the land price trap: article in the Wiener Zeitung of 28 June 2017 on subsidized housing and land price policy in Vienna.
The article is based on interviews with (among others) me and discusses why the number of subsidized housing in Vienna does not grow faster as demand would require.
The cooperative housing project Leuchtturm Seestadt (Lighthouse Seestadt Aspern) which I am in charge of for Die WoGen Wohnprojekte-Genossenschaft (collective housing cooperative) won a parcel at the tendering procedure at Seestadt Aspern!
A cooperative housing project with approx. 40 to 50 apartments an a big share of business and community floor area will be built here until 2020, partly financed by housing subsidies of the City of Vienna.
My article “Gestaltung statt Mitbestimmung. Die Wiener Sargfabrik als Musterprojekt urbanen Lebens” (Design instead of Participation. The Vienna Sargfabrik as a Sample Project of Urban Life) in the catalogue of the exhibition Together! The New Architecture of the Collective is published.
The exhibition at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein from 03.06. to 10.09.2017, curated by Ilka and Andreas Ruby and EM2N, deals with new housing typologies which put collectivity in the focus.
Comprehensive article at orf.at on “Wohnen in der Leistbarkeitskrise” (Housing in an affordability crisis), citing me several times:
For example on “Right to Buy”and its Austrian equivalents, the Viennese model and its pros and cons, the Austrian system of housing subsidies and the importance of civil society for housing.
“Mixed use: Is that possible?”: article in Stadtbauwelt 211, 35/2016
about management of ground floor use and about mixed use in general, described with the examples of Seestadt Aspern and Hauptbahnhof in Vienna: online, German, behind a paywall.
Lecture Für eine reformistische Kritik (Apology of a reformist critique) at the international ÖGFA conference Kritik oder Krise. Haltung, Verantwortung, Widerspruch in Architektur und Stadtplanung (Critique or Crisis. Position, responsibility, contradiction in architecture and urban planning) on 15 October 2015 7 PM at Wiener Planungswerkstatt, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 9, 1010 Vienna.
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Architektur (ÖGFA, Austrian Architectural Society) organizes a conference on contemporary questions related to architecture and planning criticism. Additional information at http://www.oegfa.at/event.php?item=9285.
Project Rooftop Extensions in the Cityscape: Roof extension built in the 1980s in Berlin Kreuzberg on Koepenicker Straße.