The public housing project Sandleiten, and the nearby allotments, are the focus of the intervention in Vienna. They are located on the north-western edge of Ottakring, in the 16th district of the city. Sandleiten was built after the First World War, during the period of ‘Red Vienna’, when it was decided that housing was a basic need. Funded by tax payers more than 60,000 flats were built between 1919 and 1934, which provided habitation for approximately 220,000 people. Sandleiten was the biggest complex created, and the attached historical urban ideology is of particular interest in this location. The housing aimed to create an environment that politicized its inhabitants by creating spaces that encouraged dialogue, instilled ideas of community, and helped achieve social equality. The original occupants largely remained in the housing, so by 1990 80% of the tenants were 70 or older. When the criteria for social housing changed there was an influx of immigrants into the project. These large families were different culturally and also much younger. The original inhabitants no longer feel safe, and their political support has shifted towards the right. 
The challenge in Sandleiten is to overcome the difficulties of a generation gap, and between different cultures.



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