The purpose of this project, which is implemented by the City of Vienna, Municipal Department 19 for Architecture and Urban Design, and the Statutory City of Brno, was to develop a procedure to evaluate the quality of buildings dating from the architectural period from 1945 to 1979. The resulting guidelines should also be transferable to other cities. The project was financially supported with funds from the European Fund for Regional Development under the European Territorial Cooperation Programme Austria - Czech Republic 2007-2013. TINA Vienna was responsible for the management of the project.
The cities of Vienna and Brno are part of the European CENTROPE region, which offers favourable locational conditions and hence provides dynamic growth potentials. Its geographic situation at the former political and economic divide in Europe resulted in a great backlog in the integration of economic, social, cultural and infrastructural relations. A first milestone in urban preservation was reached in Vienna in 1972 by introducing the possibility of identifying protected areas and by establishing the urban preservation fund. In the 1990s, the lack of data to be used as a basis for decision-making led the City of Vienna to develop a database on historically important buildings. In co-operation with Vienna's cultural departments, the technical development was complemented by a content-related expansion of the database to include "buildings forming part of Vienna's cultural heritage" and the presentation of the data on the Internet, in order to improve the basis, analysis, evaluation and review of the existing and new protected areas.
The quality evaluation procedure to be developed will serve as a tool to devise an exemplary approach to dealing with the architecture of the period from 1945 to 1979 based on prototypical buildings for different categories and characteristics of that time.
By "correlating" the buildings of two similar, yet still different cities, this evaluation may set an example at national and international level and may be used as general guidelines - taking account of location-specific characteristics - and hence also be transferred to other European cities.
March 2010 - September 2012