Exploring lived space of new build urban environment through photovoice interview: The case of Donau City in Vienna

Sandra Guinand, Anahí Montalvo Rojo, Mark Scherner

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelBegutachtung


Contemporary urban design practices and new build redevelopment projects
are strongly influenced by economic, social and cultural practices, as well as
by new forms of management. These different parameters play on the quality
production of open spaces. Investigating the place study of Donau City, a
mixed-use neighbourhood located in Vienna (Austria), we look at the
relations between the new build environment and the daily users. We aim at
analysing the intrinsic qualities of this specific urban environment by
understanding how residents and users perceive and decode it (emic
perspective) and how they make sense of everyday practiced and lived space.
In order to do so, we followed a citizen science approach, using photovoice
interview with thirteen residents and workers. Commenting the photographs
they took on a one-day walk, the users revealed their daily life of their
surrounding through design and planning elements associated with personal
stories. We analyzed the corpus via inductive coding which helped us
conceptualize the users’ lived space (Lefebvre, 2000), perceptions and
interactions. Discussing the results, we contribute to a deeper understanding
of the role forms, functions and scales play on open spaces’ quality in new
build redevelopment projects by bringing in a bottom-up and sensitive
approach. We show that social and spatial fragmentation could be mitigated
by paying more attention to the emic perceptions and intangible values in
spatial conception.
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Dez. 2021

Research Field

  • Innovation Policy and Transformation


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