ResearchLab 2020
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local and bottom up perspectives


In the framework of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) on “New Social Housing”, which will take place in Vienna in 2022, the TU Wien and the University of Vienna established a research cluster (“ResearchLab”) to encourage interdisciplinary, critical and comparative research in the field of social housing and urban development. To accomplish this goal, the ResearchLab started in 2018 with a series of annual International Summer Schools on relevant aspects of social housing.

In 2020, the summer school will have a thematic focus on climate adaptation and mitigation in social housing. Global warming and climate change bring about dramatic challenges for social housing. The function of housing and housing environments as shelter against heat, rain and storm receives new attention, even in regions that have for long not been prone to adverse weather conditions. Urban design strategies rediscover the values of shadow and water for healthy living conditions.

In this context, the IBA ResearchLab invites contributions that look at local, formal and informal solutions to climate adaptation and mitigation in social housing. We are particularly interested in small scale approaches by individual dwellers or local communities to adjust to extreme weather and climate conditions.

The IBA ResearchLAB 2020 wants to explore how prospective social housing can learn from these experiences and invites historical, current and forward-looking contributions from social sciences, planning, architecture, and also in relation to concrete housing projects, and bring these into the discussion of the IBA Vienna 2022.

The IBA ResearchLab pursues an interactive format. In addition to presentations and discussions of current international research projects, participants will engage with local stakeholders in Social Housing to explore new approaches to climate adaptation.

The Research Lab invites

  • Studies on formal and informal climate adaptation and mitigation practices in social housing

  • Studies on the impact of extreme weather conditions on everyday life and housing

  • Historical studies on housing in extreme climate conditions

  • Case studies on current good practice examples of “bottom up” initiatives to climate adaptation and mitigation in social housing

The ResearchLab is open for early stage academics (predoc, postdoc) from all disciplinary contexts as well as for housing activists and representatives of housing and urban policy initiatives who want to contribute to the above-mentioned topics.


The documents to be submitted include:

+ Exposé (max 2 pages) with a description of the research approach (objective/research question/ methodology) or project that will be presented

+ CV (max. 1 page)

+ Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)

Participants will be selected by the local curatorial team and an international faculty consisting of renowned scholars in the field of housing studies, sociology, planning and architecture.


There is no fee for participating in the Summer School. Travel costs will be covered up to 500 Euros.
Free accommodation will be provided.

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