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Repair und Do-it-yourself Urbanism in Wien aus Bezirksperspektive

Michael Jonas and Astrid Segert
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Michael Jonas: Techno-Science and Societal Transformation Research Group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria
Astrid Segert: Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria

No 2, IHS Working Paper Series from Institute for Advanced Studies

Abstract: In Vienna – as in other cities in Europe – vast quantities of electrical appliances, furniture, textiles, toys and other everyday items are thrown away each year even though they could frequently still have been used further. At the same time, there has been a clear rise in DIY activities, repair initiatives and repair workshops in the city, all of which can be subsumed under a repair and do it yourself urbanism label. Drawing on extensive empirical research, we identify and describe the corresponding developments in two districts in Vienna (Neubau and Ottakring). We then present a typology of repair and do it yourself urbanism phenomena and actors that offer deep insight into the current developments in this field at a local level. Our study reveals clear differences in the general parameters and ways in which repair and do it yourself urbanism has developed in these two districts. It also reveals that substantial support and facilitation will be needed to ensure that the current and future trends in repair and do it yourself urbanism can deliver a significant contribution towards the development of resilient urban districts.

Keywords: DIY urbanism; repair; do it yourself; typology; city districts (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 62 pages
Date: 2019-02
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