2000–2001 Lifescapes Conference

Concept and organisation of the international interdisciplinary conference Lifescapes -The Future of Living between Private and Public, Austrian Architectural Society (Österreichische Ge­sell­schaft für Architektur, ÖGFA), with Peter Döllmann
The conferende was planned to analyse which processes determine future qways of living. Material and discursive conditions enable and restrict dwelling situations. These conditions contain technological, social, political, economic, cultural and ideological prerequisites.  This approach should present living not alone as a site of the private and an opposite to the public, but to view living as an interface of private and public. The conference had lectures and round tables discussing the following topics:
Living and the Media How do information and communication technologies influence ways of living and how is living shown in mass media and is influenced back from there?
Home and Work Central is the apartment as a space where increasingly labor takes place, and as a place where housework is done Thema ist die Wohnung als Raum, in dem vermehrt wieder Erwerbsarbeit geleistet wird, und die Wohnung als Ort der Hausarbeit – the spectrum from production to reproduction.
Living and Politics How do the state and society influence individual ways of living through laws, subsidies, normative ideas and exclusions, through ideological constructions of life?
(Im)mobile Living The apartment as immobile par excellence is becoming more and more mobile in public images. Does this depend on the so-called flexibility in work and private life?
The City as Domicile The relations between city and dwelling, its respective influences and dependencies are important questions as well as traffic and the positioning of areas of living and work in the city.
Living as Symbol Living is a means of representation for individuals, groups and societes. Individual ideas and social rules are reproduced here.

Press conference to announce the symposium with housing councilor Faymann, photo: Haslinger