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Roundtable Discussion with The Vienna Delegation

  Photographer: @Rupert Steiner

Photographer: @Rupert Steiner

MOV will be hosting two important public housing workshops featuring delegates from the City of Vienna, officials from the City of Vancouver, and VanCity representatives. 

Vienna’s public housing initiatives will provide the context for discussing the limitations of Vancouver’s current public housing model.

Some of the failures -

  • lack of social services

  • lack of economic diversity

  • and the so called siloing effect of public housing design

- will be tackled in an effort to explore alternatives for Vancouver’s social housing model. 

This Roundtable discussion is a chance for you to learn about the issues discussed and to pose your own questions and concerns to the speakers.

Free for MOV Members!

Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.

Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore MOV.


Wolfgang Förster, Andrea Reven-Holzmann, Hedwig Bauer, Peter Neundlinger, Werner Taibon and others to be confirmed.


Wolfgang Förster (PhD) is the coordinator of IBA-Vienna (the 2020-2022 international building exhibition on “New Social Housing”) and he works in his own company PUSH-Consulting (Partners on Urbanism and Sustainable Housing). Since 2001 he has been Head of the Vienna Housing Research. He is a Delegate of Austria to the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, and Chair of this Committee since 2009. He also chairs the EUROCITIES Working Group on Housing and has been coordinator of several EU-projects.

Andrea Reven-Holzmann, CEO of WBV-GPA, a union-owned non-profit housing developer in Vienna, Austria, since 2009.  WBV-GPA was founded in 1953 by the Austrian Union of Private Sector Employees, the largest trade union in Austria. In the last 64 years, WBV-GPA has built 130 apartment buildings with 8.000 apartments. WBV-GPA is also responsible for the facility management of its housing stock. Reven-Holzmann graduated from the Vienna University where he studied economics and business affairs. He is a member of the Land Advisory Board which is responsible for quality control of subsidized housing projects in Vienna. 

Hedwig Bauer, CEO of GEBÖS, a non-profit housing developer based in Lower Austria. GEBÖS was founded 71 years ago from a settlers' grass-root initiative. Its mission today is to provide affordable housing both in Vienna and the surrounding rural areas. GEBÖS owns 8.000 apartments as well as 3.000 other units. GEBÖS concentrates on the rental market and on the management of their building stock. 

Peter Neundlinger, CEO of Wohnservice Wien (City Office for Housing Services) is in charge of housing allocation in the subsidized sector and of Wohnpartner (social workers in public housing estates). He is a housing expert in the IBA-Wien office (the International Building Exhibition) with a focus on sustainable social projects. 

Werner Taibon, is CEO of PUSH-Consulting (Partners on Urbanism and Sustainable Housing), which he co-founded with Wolfgang Förster. He is also head of the TV-series department at ORF (the national broadcasting company of Austria) and head of programming at ORF. 

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century City exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

Exhibition Partners

  • Museum of Vancouver
  • Western Front
  • SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
  • SFU Institute for the Humanities 
  • SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
  • SFU Urban Studies Program
  • UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
  • Vancity Office of Community Engagement