Sabine Bitter and Jeff Derksen are members of the research collective Urban Subjects that is based in Vancouver and Vienna (with the artist Helmut Weber). Urban Subject’s research and projects have ranged from a historical study of autogestion in New Belgrade, self-organized housing and dual power in Caracas, Venezuela, studies of the effects of mega-events on cities such as Vancouver and Milan, and the artistic representation of militancy. They have exhibited in, and curated, shows across Europe and North America. Their publications include Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade (Fillip/Sternberg Press, 2009), Momentarily: Learning from Mega-events (Western Front, 2011) and The Militant Image Reader (Camera Austria, 2016). Sabine Bitter works in the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU and Jeff Derksen works in the Department of English.
Stephanie Allen has developed real estate for almost 15 years, with focus on multi-family residential projects in the private and public sector in BC, Alberta, and Arizona. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, is a certified Project Management Professional, and is currently completing her graduate degree in Urban Studies at SFU. Her research focuses on affordable housing practice and policy though the lens of equity and diversity, especially as it relates to racialized and marginalized communities.
sχɬemtəna:t, St’agid Jaad, Audrey Siegl, an independent activist from the unceded lands of the Musqueam, has been active on grassroots environmental and social justice-political frontline movements. Audrey has worked on raising awareness on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and Downtown Eastside issues including housing, the fentynal crisis, displacement and the connection between extractive industry projects and violations of First Nations land and human rights.
Wendy Pedersen is a community organizer, author and researcher who is currently the Coordinator of the DTES SRO Collaborative Society that works on habitability campaigns with Tenant Organizers to preserve their low-income rentals. She has long been an eloquent advocate for housing justice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
This event is in conjunction with The Vienna Model: Housing for the Twenty-First Century, Museum of Vancouver, May 17-July 16, 2017.
The Vienna Model: Housing for the Twenty-First-Century City shines the spotlight on sixty prototypical projects from the last hundred years, with a special focus on the public art that has complemented the city’s housing since the First Republic.
Today about 60% of the Viennese population live in municipally built, owned or managed housing and the city clearly controls its housing market. This is a different condition than exists in the United States where, in most cases, the private market is the provider of housing and is relied upon even to rehabilitate existing neighborhoods and create new communities.
Image: Sargfabrik, 1998