Radical Democracy in Architecture and Urban Planning
What is democratically committed architecture?
Politics is made in urban space: through gentrification and isolation, through authoritarian security measures and adaptation to investment interests. And profit is made: with housing shortage, with concrete gold, with urban space as a capital investment. Neoliberal governance and right-wing politics turn cities into places of fear and scarcity.
Against this background, Gabu Heindl discusses what a policy in the city can look like instead, one that is oriented towards democracy and solidarity: as a building and planning policy and always also as a policy of conflict, as an architectural activity that positions itself critically and enters into alliances with social movements.
A radical democratic approach to architecture is formulated here with a scrutinizing look at realized utopias of Red Vienna of the 1920s and on the basis of the (self-)critique of participatory planning, yet in alliances with movements from below. Between theoretical concepts and intervening practice, the aim is not only to defend but rather to expand the spaces and scope of democracy, especially in a crisis of democracy.