Participation in Housing Projects: A study on tenants’ motives and expectations in state subsidized council housing with participation possibilities in Vienna

Commissioned by the vienna city council’s department of housing research (MA 50); project duration: Sep 2013 – Dec 2013

Project management: Dr. Anja Christanell (ÖIN)

Project implementation: Mag. Michaela Leitner, Sylvia Mandl, MSc, Dr. Anja Christanell (ÖIN)

This study analyses participation in planning and design of housing space by (prospective) tenants in four subsidized council housing projects in Vienna using a qualitative and quantitative methodology. As there is an increase in possibilities to take part in participation processes and it also becomes more and more demanded from the recipients’ sites, the focus of this study is on tenants’ expectations, motives for moving-in and the specific target groups that are considered as group of persons interested in participation projects. Furthermore the study covers tenants’ perceptions and their assessment of the participation process.

The two main objectives of the study are the evaluation of participation projects on account of the target groups, tenants’ reasons for moving-in, their expectations and wishes with regards to design and planning of living space, as well as reaching conclusions on future planning and design of housing for property developers, participation management and the housing subsidy system, based on the findings of this study.

Leitner, Michaela; Mandl, Sylvia; Christanell, Anja; Mayrhuber, Elisabeth Sophie; Schabasser, Helene (2013): Mitbestimmung im Wohnbau: Eine Studie über Motive und Erwartungen von BewohnerInnen in geförderten Wiener Wohnbauten mit Mitbestimmungsmöglichkeiten. Final report. Vienna: Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development.

Christanell, Anja (2013): Mitbestimmung im Wohnbau: Eine Studie über Motive und Erwartungen von BewohnerInnen in geförderten Wiener Wohnbauten mit Mitbestimmungsmöglichkeiten. Preliminary report. Vienna: Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development.