University of Natural Resources and Life sciences BOKU Vienna
exploring the potentials of the historical urban structure
The historical city center of Vienna offers a range of cultivated and designed public spaces, but many historical parts are dominated by car traffic. Moreover, the danger of creating a monotonous city center for working, tourists and visitors only is still topical.
My project points out potentials of historical city centers like the 1st district in Vienna and shows how landscape architecture and urban planning can take influence to make it attractive for all kind of people - for working, for visiting and for living.
If a historical city wants to stay attractive and lively, more attention has to be put into people’s needs for public space. Therefore, multifunctional and high quality open spaces are essential, the reclamation of public space for pedestrians plays a key role. The structures and distances of medieval centres like in Vienna offer a natural potential to be used and explored walking and biking. Dimensions and distances are in a moderate, thus human scale.
Hoher Markt is a crucial place in this constellation. Founded around 1200AD, it was the most important square of Vienna at its historic origin for hundreds of years. Today it is mainly used for car traffic and parking. Other needs of people are neglected.
In my project I want to present a new design concept for this important square.
This new design concept is a timely and pedestrian-friendly solution. Findings from an intense literature review as well as a detailed analysis of the area are basis of the new spatial concept. The result is a welcoming square and a multifunctional, urban space for people - for residents as well as for tourists. The square becomes a safe place for recreation, for trading, for temporary activities, for meetings and all kinds of events in the core of Vienna.