I’m happy to announce that I’ve contributed a piece on Red Vienna together with my colleague Johannes Suitner to the Wiley Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. The online version was just released and is available here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118568446.eurs0259 If you happen to have no access to the paper but would like to read it just drop me an email. I’m posting the abstract below.
Red Vienna 1919-1934
“Red Vienna” refers to a phase of urban development in Vienna, Austria, between 1919 and 1934. Inspired by ideas of municipal socialism, the Social Democratic Workers’ Party implemented local social reforms to improve the living conditions of the working class. Policies were aimed particularly at the fields of housing, welfare, and healthcare, as well as education. While Red Vienna came to an end more than 80 years ago, the reforms continue to shape Vienna’s urban development today. Moreover, Red Vienna remains a key reference point in contemporary debates about egalitarian and progressive modes of urban planning.