Reinhard Seiß

Wer baut Wien? [Who builds Vienna?]

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Vienna has been in the grip of a building boom which is due also to increasing globalisation and to Austria's joining the European Union. The city fathers liken it to the mid-19th-century "Gründerzeit" [founding epoch]. In this book, Reinhard Seiss analyses the reaction of Vienna's urban planning policy to the new situation, and especially the role played by political and economic motives. With the aid of planning and archive material, he reveals why the Millennium Tower was built more than 60 metres higher than originally planned, how it was possible for a high-rise residential estate with no public transport connection to be built on the Wienerberg hill, or who benefits from a residential area constructed over the busiest motorway in Austria. This complex urbanistic "whodunit" culminates in the decisive question "Who builds Vienna?", at the same time painting a genre picture of a political and democratic culture pertaining not only to Vienna.

A book exposes the range of flops and glitches through recent decades of urban planning in Vienna. Experts speak of a long-overdue reckoning.?

Reinhard Seiss goes about this almost like a criminologist [...] The result is staggering, and at times reveals such monumental stupidity as to be downright ludicrous.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung??

What Seiss intends to achieve with his critical analysis? – That the citizens demand better quality in the design of their living-space.
Salzburger Nachrichten

??There are non-fiction books which offer almost as good a read as detective stories. Reinhard Seiss' book is indisputably one of them.
Salzburger Nachrichten

??An intelligent and extremely well-founded book.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

??This story might well seem uncomfortably familiar to the people of many other major cities.
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Über den Autor

Details zum Buch
Pages 216
Illustrations copiously illustrated
Format 13,7 x 21,5 cm
Price € 24,00
ISBN 978-3-7025-0538-7
Language German

Categories: Architecture