The project envisions the New Danube as a public water street.

„If one wants to pass through open doors easily, one must bear in mind that they have a solid frame: this principle, according to which the old professor had always lived, is simply a requirement of the sense of reality. But if there is such a thing as a sense of reality—and no one will doubt that it has its raison d’être—then there must also be something that one can call a sense of possibility.“
The Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil

For the last one year we have been shown how the real can be substituted by the possible, even magical - think of massive state interventions, rapid vaccine production, social solidarity. We have also experienced what does it mean to have (or miss) a balcony, a park or a river nearby. In this sense, we believe that the magical is not only possible, but necessary.

We propose three projects for the city of Vienna - Main Alley, Public Fora, New Danube Stations. Each project consists of one precisely situated intervention, which brings the existing fragments into a bigger whole. Thus our proposal does not envision a new public infrastructure per se, but a new thinking of the already existing one.

New Danube Stations

At the moment the New Danube is being mostly visited in the area of the U6, U1, U2 lines - a coastline that barely amounts to one third of the whole. By imagining the New Danube as a water street we propose to extend the city’s citybike network into the water - via cityboats. The already existing public infrastructure (waterbays, platforms, metro lines) would be enriched by cityboat stations. From here on, one is able to rent a boat for free and travel along the 18km water street or just escape the burning sun to the other coast.

Viola Roesch, Ruslan Dimov
Viola Roesch, Ruslan Dimov
Location of project
AT, Vienna
Month/Year of project
05 / 2021
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