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Metropolitan Field Trip Vienna and Bratislava

A unique comparison of twin-cities of equal charm, facing distinct challenges.
This event is in English
Tickets from € 450
Thursday 17 Nov 2016 t/m Sunday 20 Nov 2016
do 17 nov 2016, 14.00

Join us on this four-day field trip to Vienna and Bratislava, discover a wide variety of inspiring initiatives and meet your professional peers and local City Makers.


Vienna’s been in the new frequently for being named (one of) the world’s top city for quality of life. The Austrian capital is young, lively and growing rapidly and scores well on safety, public transit and investment climate. The municipality’s social democratic government has a long tradition of investing in high-quality social housing, making Vienna almost uniquely affordable among major cities.Well on its way to become a city with a population of 2 million, Vienna faces challenges affecting affordability of housing, climate change, creation of inclusive and liveable neighbourhoods and unemployment and job creation. From summer 2015, several waves of refugees have been arriving to the city in one of the largest migration movements of the last decades, witnessing an unprecedented alliance between various public, civic and private actors.


Just an hour away, connected by the Danube river, you find Bratislava, the Slovak capital with a population of around 450.000. It is characterised by 19th century architecture and medieval towers, but a construction boom at the start of the 21st century dramatically changed the cityscape. As a result of the political and economic changes after the independence of Slovakia in 1993, urban development was increasingly taken over by private investors. In recent years, efforts to resume active control of urban development were intensified. This necessitates co-operation between the municipal administration, architects and investors as well as intensified citizen involvement.

What will the Metropolitan Field Trip entail?

With a broad perspective on transition and social innovation in urban development we will study Vienna and Bratislava as cities and metropolises. We will meet local City Makers, professional peers, residents, entrepreneurs, and study the small-scale, often informal urban interventions.

The preliminary programme will be updated in the coming weeks. In the mean time, get inspired by our Vienna and Bratislava homepages on New Europe – Cities in Transition.

Why should you join the Field Trip to Vienna and Bratislava?

Because you are (actively) engaged in the transition of cities, or urban development in general. You want to broaden your horizon and witness how things are done elsewhere in Europe. You want to meet new people within your field of interest or profession, and want to establish sustainable (inter)national contacts. And first and foremost, you want to get a unique perspective on Vienna and Bratislava, in the company of an inspiring group of peers and have the practicalities fully taken care of.

Preliminary Programme

Day 1 | Thursday November 17 | Bratislava
12:00 check in at accommodation

We will book a single, private room at a hotel or apartment for each participant.

15:00 Welcome and introduction at A4 - space for contemporary culture

This is the official beginning of the Metropolitan Field Trip Bratislava and Vienna. We will meet with our local partner OBCHODNÁ ULICA A OKOLIE and get to know each other.

17:00 Zelená hliadka (Matúš Čupka)

Located under the pyramid of the Slovak Radio (RTVS)where civic association Jedlé mesto and local initiative NA STRECH made the space available to the public. In December 2015 the cooperation agreement with RTVS concluded. What has been the local impact?

18:30 Stará tržnica / Old Market Hall

Tthe new-old market in Bratislava uses multifunctionality as their main asset. From 6pm there will be a discussion in Slovak, from 8pm a concert, free admission.

19:00 Lab
19:30 Dinner at Merika
21:00 optional: afterparty at KC Dunaj!

Located on the fourth floor of a former warehouse at the SNP square in Bratislava, KC Dunaj is a venue which serves as a bar, club and place for various social events. You will find a design shop, art gallery, regular thematic parties, live shows, bazaars, literature, and theater events.

Day 2 | Friday November 18 | Bratislava

Our local partner Dominika Belanska of Obchodnå Ulica a Okolie will guide us through the new social economy with emerging entrepreneurial skills and a maturing civil society, where cultural and community initiatives are creating a new scene for the creative sector together with their local communities in the Slovak capital. Through site visits and meetings we will get to know urban development based on community-driven initiatives, civic economic models and cooperative ownership in Bratislava.

09:30 CykloKuchyňa / BikeKitchen
10:30 Starý most
12:00 - POD PYRAMÍDOU (Dominika Belanská)
14:00 Mobilné záhrady
15:00 Nadácia Cvernovka
17:00 Obchodná ulica with Dominika Belanská
18:30 Dinner in Bratislava (U Sedliaka)
21:00 Travel to Vienna
Day 3 | Saturday November 19 | Vienna

One of the challenges in which Vienna currently experiences major social innovation is the influx of refugees. Day 3 of the Metropolitan Field Trip will be about exploring different models and projects in the context of flight, arrival, employment and (temporary) residence. Examples include (tbc) Magdas Hotel, KAMA, [HOME], DISPLACED, Orte für Menschen and Fluchtraum Österreich. Our local partner Eutropian will be involved in showing us the current developments and projects set up for and with refugees.

10:00 Purple Sheep
12:00 Vinzirast
12:30 Lunch at Vinzirast
14:00 Magda’s Hotel
16:00 Das Packhaus

Our local partner Paradocks offers space for cultural and artistic initiatives in Vienna. They will welcome us in Das Packhaus, a formerly vacant office block of 2.200 m² and seven stories high where 65 studios for creative and social companies share their skills and work together.

18:00 Public event at Das Packhaus: "Arriving to the Cooperative City_The Vienna Refugee Coalition""

On November 19, Wonderland Architecture invites you for a roundtable discussion that brings together citizen initiatives, municipal officers and public program leaders as well as creative entrepreneurs addressing the issue of refugee support, to discuss the possibilities and modalities of cooperation. The event is organised together with Eutropian, Das Packhaus, Xsentrik Arts, Pakhuis De Zwijger Amsterdam and New Europe - Cities in Transition.

Day 4 | Sunday November 20 | Vienna
10:00 Café / Restaurant Heuer
11:00 Karlsgarten with Esther Blaimschein
12:30 Redevelopment Krieau with Esther Blaimschein
14:00 End of programme

Practical information & Booking

The costs for the Metropolitan Field Trip are €450 per person. This includes: hotel (3 nights), breakfast, lunch and diner, local transport, tours and presentations. Participants are responsible for booking their own transportation to and from Vienna and Bratislava.

Previous Metropolitan Field Trips

This Field trip is part of a range of Metropolitan Field Trips to different cities throughout Europe, building a European network of City Makers. Previous trips led us to Berlin, Paris, Bucharest, London, Lisbon, Budapest, Athens, Copenhagen-Malmö and Rome.

This event is in English
Tickets from € 450
Thursday 17 Nov 2016 t/m Sunday 20 Nov 2016