“Stadt des Kindes: On A Failed Utopia” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Even architecture had its 1968. At its opening in 1974, the Stadt des Kindes by Anton Schweighofer was among the most prominent examples of an architecture aimed at promoting social reform, adopting a pioneering role worldwide. The exhibition at the Architekturzentrum Wien tells of the revolutionary aspirations and the failure of this built utopia.

 

Anton Schweighofer, Stadt des Kindes, Design of outdoor area, Wilfried Kirchner, Vienna 14, 1969-1974  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Anton Schweighofer, Stadt des Kindes, Design of outdoor area, Wilfried Kirchner, Vienna 14, 1969-1974 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

 

In the second Az W SammlungsLab, impressive pieces from the Collection from the Stadt des Kindes are combined with documentary footage capturing memories of criticism of the institution from former residents. Fifty years ago the Stadt des Kindes became a model project for politicians. As a new model for the “shelter” of vulnerable children and youths, the project remained an exception, albeit one which has gone down in international architecture history as an exemplary building. (more…)