Research projects

Architekturzentrum Wien – Exhibition hall 2
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Exhibition  25.04.2019–09.09.2019, daily 10:00-19:00

A planet in crisis. The earth in intensive care. Man-made environmental and social catastrophes are threatening to render the planet uninhabitable. The situation is critical and, dominated by the interests of capital, architecture and urbanism are caught up in the crisis. The exhibition ‘Critical Care’ shows how architecture and urbanism can contribute to repairing the future and keeping the planet and its inhabitants alive.

The exhibition ‘Critical Care’ is an appeal for a new approach, for a caring architecture and urbanism. 21 current examples from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the USA and Latin America prove that architecture and urban development do not have to be subservient to the dictates of capital and the exploitation of resources and labour.

The relationships between economy, ecology and work are redefined in each of these projects. The instigators of this care are extraordinarily diverse groups of people: activists, lawyers, anthropologists, artists, but also city councils and companies, working together with architects and planners. Care is always concrete, the specific local conditions are the starting point, as the exhibition shows, including earthquake-proof and sustainable village development in China, flood protection through traditional low-carbon building techniques in Pakistan and Bangladesh, the diverse conversion of modernist buildings in Brazil and Europe, an ecological community land trust in Puerto Rico, the revitalisation of historical irrigation systems in Spain, new concepts for public spaces and mixed urban districts in Vienna, London and Nairobi. The exhibition ‘Critical Care’ shows how architecture and urbanism are helping to revive the planet. The repair of the future has begun.
Curators: Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny
Exhibition architecture: the next ENTERprise
Exhibition graphics: Alexander Ach Schuh


Critical Care — Symposium
Fri 21.06.2019, 13:00-20:30
Architekturzentrum Wien – Podium


Critcial Care — Book
A book is being published by MIT Press to accompany the exhibition, ‘Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet‘, containing all 21 case studies as well as 12 essays by international authors on the topics of work, economy and ecology in architecture; edited by Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny and Architekturzentrum Wien.

MIT Press
AzW Architekturzentrum Wien







03 e 04/04: simpósio – Berlim/Salvador: Reapropriação Urbana Entre Marketing e Autoafirmação
Instituto Cultural Brasil-Alemanha
Salvador/Bahia,  Av. Sete de Setembro, 1809, Vitória, Brasil

folderBerlim-Salvador.Reapropriação Urbana Entre Marketing e Autoafirmação_

| Gespräch zur Kunst im öffentlichen Raum
| Donnerstag, 30. Jänner 2014, von 16 bis 22 Uhr
| im Kunstraum Niederoesterreich
| Herrengasse 13, 1014 Wien

Vorträge und Gespräche mit

Khan Adalat / Flüchtlingsaktivist, Refugees Protest Camp Vienna
Clifford Erinmwionghae / Flüchtlingsaktivist, Refugees Protest Camp Vienna
Rachel Garfield / Künstlerin und Autorin, London
Marissa Lôbo / Künstlerin und Aktivistin, Wien
Anne Elizabeth Moore / Herausgeberin und Künstlerin, Chicago
Gabi Ngcobo / Kuratorin und Künstlerin, Johannesburg
Pelin Tan /Autorin und Kuratorin, Mardin

Kuratiert und moderiert von Elke Krasny



| Women’s:Museum. Curatorial Politics in Feminism, Education, History, and Art | Frauen:Museum. Politiken des Kuratorischen in Feminismus, Bildung, Geschichte und Kunst
| Edited by | Herausgegeben von | Elke Krasny + Frauenmuseum Meran

Initiating a dialogue between the network of women’s museums and feminist practices in curating, this volume gathers different perspectives from art historians, artists, curators, educators, historians, human rights activists, museum directors, researchers, scholars, and theorists. It juxtaposes essays, interviews, email dialogues, and excerpts from the transcripts of two symposia on Women:Museum hosted at the Vienna City Library and at the Meran Women’s Museum. Resulting in a contemporary transnational historiography, this compendium charts issues of feminist strategies in and out of the museum, and examines public engagement through curatorial activism.

Contributors | Mit Beiträgen von: Gudrun Ankele, Vida Bakondy, Barbara Blasin, Carla Bobadilla, Angela Dimitrakaki, Petja Dimitrova, Elisabeth von Dücker, False Hearted Fanny, Nicoletta Favout, Eva Geber, Li Gerhalter, Susanna Gyulamiryan, Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, Amelia Jones, Elke Krasny, Rudolfine Lackner, Igor Markovic, Suzana Milevska, Lara Perry, Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra, Sigrid Richter, Dorothee Richter, Astrid Schönweger, Mansoureh Shojaee.

Introduction by Elke Krasny
Contents | Inhaltsverzeichnis


15,5 x 23,5 cm
Broschur, zahlr. Abbildungen
german/english | deutsch/englisch
332 pages | Seiten

Löcker Verlag Vienna, 2013

ISBN 978-3-85409-624-5

2013, Friday May 10,  6:00pm / presented by PublicsAffair + The Centre for the Spatial Realm

98Weeks Project Space: Chalhoub Bldg, Naher Str, off of Armenia Street Mar Mikhael / Ground floor. Near Tawlet Restaurant, facing Spoiler Center dead end street at the corner of Anthurium Flower shop Continue reading…

13-24 February 2013

DavidBergé©Joeri Thiry, STUK Kunstencentrum-1_1000pxl

In 1911 Le Corbusier made a reversed ‘Grand Tour’ to the Orient. Starting out in Berlin he travelled to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Istanbul, Athens, Napels, Rome and back home to La Chaux-de Fonds. The English translation turned his Voyage d’Orient intoThe Journey to the East. In 2011 Elke Krasny (AT) and David Bergé (BE) travelled to Athens, Belgrade, Istanbul, Rome and Vienna and had conversations with local activists, architects, artists and intellectuals focusing on the urban characteristics and transformation, on monuments and the ideologically loaded terms East and the Orient. Le Corbusier’s voyage reORIENTed 1911-2011, follows these narratives: Elke Krasny composed a multivoiced text-based installation and David Bergé a photographic exploration, aiming to capture transitional contemporary urbanities in a complex dialogue between text and image.

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Photos of the Installation by Joeri Thiry, STUK Kunstencentrum


Doing Art in the Public Realm

The shadows cast by the past are growing longer. The identifications with the present time are shattered by numerous fault lines. In the context of globalized artistic and cultural production, history becomes both, a circulating resource and a challenge to specifically address the local. Continue reading…

Le Corbusier’s Voyage Re-orient-ed 1911:2011 Ein Reisebericht von Elke Krasny und David Bergé Eröffnung am Freitag, 23. November 2012, 19 Uhr kunsthaus muerz Wiener Straße 35, 8680 Mürzzuschlag Ausstellungdauer  : 24.11.2012–27.1.2013 Continue reading…

Hands-On Urbanism 1850-2012 by Elke Krasny, curator, and Alexander Schuh, graphic designer, is part of the exhibition Common Ground curated by David Chipperfield Padiglione Centrale, 13. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, La Biennale di Venezia 2012, 29. 8.–25. 11. 2012


Szenario lebenswerte Stadt | Scenario liveable City
Hands-On Urbanism 1850-2012

DQE-Hlle, Heliostraße 35–37, Ehrenfeld
Open: 21.09, 18–22, Eröffnung | 22.28.09. 13–21 Uhr

So 23.09., 18 Uhr, Vortrag Hands-On Urbanism von Elke Kransy (Kuratorin)
anschl. Gespräch mit Pablo Molestina (Architekt, Professor an der FH Düsseldorf)