Walking in the city – Urban space, stories, and gender

The Gender Mainstreaming Pilot District Mariahilf was the first systematic approach addressing the needs of pedestrians in Vienna. The result was quite impressive: 1 km of widened pavements, 40 street crossings, 5 inventions for barrier free pavements, improvements of lighting in 26 spots, one lift in the public space, additional seating in 9 locations. The quality of the space was improved considerably with these well-placed small scale measures, which are almost ‘invisible’ to a normal visitor without explanation. The intention is to discuss the most efficient ones and to show their variety. Starting at Mariahilfer Platzl, the tour leads through the small district, ending in the new pedestrian zone at Mariahilfer Strasse. Information on the design of this four-year process and on lessons learned will be given on the way.

Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Vienna City Hall

Guided by Eva Kail (Vienna City Administration, Executive Group for Construction and Technology, Urban Planning Group) and Elisabeth Irschik (Municipal Department for Architecture and Urban Design)

Photo Credit: City of Vienna, Christian Fürthner