OPEN CALL: “The Weather of Tomorrow”
Projects on Climate in and for Floridsdorf
Sites: selected streets in the Floridsdorf district center, 1210 Vienna
KÖR hereby invites artists, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, cultural creatives and initiatives as well as interested local residents and groups to propose projects addressing the subject of “The Weather of Tomorrow” in the Floridsdorf district center. The call for proposal expressly is for local and domestic as well as international participants.
Climate change has come to be felt strongly in Vienna as well. For example, the annual mean temperature has gone up by two degrees Celsius over the past four decades. Heat waves, strong rains, and droughts have become far more frequent. Studies prognosticate another temperature rise of up to four degrees Celsius by 2100 as well as a particularly pronounced increase of days with temperatures over thirty degrees Celsius (source: wien.gv.at).
The district of Floridsdorf has a very high percentage of green areas, but streets in the district center in part are densely built-up areas, and surfaces are sealed. A high degree of surface sealing causes quicker runoff of rainwater and reduces evaporative cooling.
However, climate change not only affects the weather but also the social climate. And not everyone is affected equally by the changes but mostly those living in small apartments with no private outdoor space. Outdoor spaces are becoming ever more important as global warming proceeds: they serve as an extension of the home, as free spaces that offer protection from the heat and also provide recreation in winter. In short, what is needed is access to attractive public spaces with no obligation to consume.
This approach provides the impulse as well as the starting point of this call for proposals. It includes artistic proposals, concepts, initiatives, ideas, and projects for the use of urban outdoor spaces that may be implemented as temporary projects.
SUBJECTS AND OBJECTIVES
“The Weather of Tomorrow”
Projects on Climate in and for Floridsdorf
- The call has the objective of stimulating, emphasizing, and improving the use of public spaces, of squares and streets in the Floridsdorf district center throughout the year, in summer and winter.
- The ideas and projects proposed are supposed to explore the effects of the climate crisis, take up experiences with the pandemic, and address the new importance of public space.
- Cramped living conditions, lacking private outdoor spaces, as well as different generational wants and needs are also to be considered.
- A caring social climate offers protection against loneliness and detrimental personal effects of heat waves or snaps of cold in winter. Good neighborly relations therefore are particularly important for older-generation residents in many municipal housing estates. The call therefore also wants to help inspire new ideas for the improvement of neighborly relationships.
- In the attachment to this call, squares and pedestrian pathways are indicated that may make walks through the busy, much frequented district center more attractive. Also, new outdoor amenity areas are to be (re-)discovered as extensions of much too small, often much too hot, and much too lonely residential apartments.
- The call also comprises urban traffic and transportation, for which new readings are to be provided that seek to facilitate peaceful coexistence and inclusion of all street users.
Climate change necessitates new types of urban use. Projects submitted for “The Weather of Tomorrow” could propose answers to emergent new policy issues and indicate courses of action:
- What can we learn from other cities that have a much longer experience in dealing with heat and public life in street and squares?
- How can we build awareness for the issue in neighborhoods and with municipal authorities and inspire thinking and dialogue?
- How can changes be effected that sometimes are still uncommon but necessary for Vienna?
This Call for Proposals offers all interested parties an opportunity to submit propositions for temporary art projects in Floridsdorf, whether performative and/or participative projects or installations and sculptures. Project formats are open choice. The goal is to tackle the range of issues to address in a variety of ways. The maximum running time for temporary projects is twelve months, all projects selected will be implemented in 2022.
Please note: For legal reasons, projects can only be implemented in the designated public spaces, streets and squares, as marked out in the map. Existing guidelines and regulations of the Vienna City Administration apply, and the designated sites may only be used with owners’ consent and after issuance of required permits by municipal authorities.
For questions, inquiries, and detail information please contact:
Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (KÖR) GmbH, Hörnesgasse 2/1, 1030 Vienna.
The Open Call target area comprises these streets and areas (see map):
AM SPITZ – BRÜNNER STRASSE – FLORIDSDORFER MARKT / SCHLINGERMARKT – SCHLEIFGASSE – PIUS-PARSCH-PLATZ – FRANZ-JONAS-PLATZ – FRANKLINSTRASSE; and from/to FLORIDSDORFER MARKT / SCHLINGERMARKT – PIKTAGASSE – NORDBAHNANLAGE – ANGERER STRASSE – KRAMREITERGASSE – ZAUNSCHERBGASSE – PIUS-PARSCH-PLATZ – FRANZ-JONAS-PLATZ – FRANKLINSTRASSE.
You can find additional information on the target area at the end of the site.
The filmed site visit is available via this Youtube-link: https://youtu.be/BqOOGaWXPWw
Please note: These recordings serve solely as illustrations of the project sites. They are in no way intended for publication of any kind!
Submission deadline (date of postmark): 15 May 2021
Proposals must meet the formal submission guidelines of KÖR GmbH.
Project funding applications must be filled in completely and submitted to KÖR GmbH.
Please add reference “Climate/The Weather of Tomorrow” to project title.
Funding guidelines and funding application form are available for download here.
From Spring 2022: Joint presentation of selected projects in Floridsdorf
- Total budget: € 450,000.
- Maximum project funding: € 150,000.