VinziRast-Mittendrin is a co-housing building located in Vienna, Austria where students, formerly homeless, and refugees live amongst each other. It houses bicycle, woodworking and sewing workshops, a restaurant, and event spaces. It’s a collaboration between students involved with the Vienna Audimax occupation, VinziRast which is a volunteer-run organization that offers housing to formerly homeless and refugees, as well as architecture firm Gaupenraub+/- .

Show Notes

In this episode I speak with architect Alexander Hagner who was responsible for the adaption of the building. We speak about the event led to the co-habitation of formerly homeless and students, how they received funding for the building, the intentionality and functionality needed when designing for formerly homeless, changing the stigma around homeless individuals, how they mitigate conflicts, what resources/skills are offered to empower the formerly homeless, and why the residents make ideal housing mates.

 

Resources:

Gaupenraub+/- Architecture Website

VinziRast Website

Design for the Real World Book