„This is such a multifaceted and multilayered neighborhood. Before I started with the Bosnian Memory project I researched it for other reasons. There was a rich Hungarian-German community living here. It is like peeling off an onion, there is so much to know about this area. Continue Reading →

Team “Die wilde 13”

Directors: Kerstin Schaefer & Paul Spengemann

Book: Marco Antonio Reyes Loredo & Kerstin Schaefer

Kerstin Schaefer studied cultural anthropology, art history and ethnology. Her master’s thesis: „Die Wilde 13“ is about a metrobus 13 mirroring the district of Hamburg Wilhelmsburg. She was awarded Max-Brauer-Award für outstanding students. Continue Reading →


„Die Wilde 13 – (Wild 13)”

Creaking, sizzling and rattling the 13 leans into a curve. It’s freight falters before the hungry machine works it’s way through the district of Wilhelmsburg. The Metrobus 13 is the lifeline of Hamburg’s largest, most international and poorest district and at the same time a burden shared by all inhabitants – named „Wilde 13“ (Wild 13). Continue Reading →

„For at moments like this, the city goes soft; it awaits the imprint of an identity. For better or worse, it invites you to remake it, to consolidate it into a shape you can live in. You, too. Decide who you are, and the city will again assume a fixed form round you. Decide what it is, and your own identity will be releaved, like a position on a map fixed by triangulation.“

(Raban 2008, 1974: 02)

Daniele Karasz

Daniele Karasz is research assistant at the Department of Social- and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. His main interests are Museum Education and Urban Restructuring, Migration and Social Housing. The topic of his PHD-thesis is “Reinventing the City. About Migrants and the Reuse of Urban Brownfields in Vienna”. He was “Cultore della materia” at the School of Architecture of the “Politecnico di Milano” and worked in various research projects on urban development, subsidized housing and migration. He was part of interdisciplinary planning teams realizing social housing projects.


Graffiti, Ankerbrotfabrik, June 2013

by Daniele Karasz

Shifting the ground on the “Island of Crete”

About migrants, brownfields and urban renewal in Vienna

Brownfields and the question of their reuse play a significant role in urban renewal projects. My research focuses on the reuse of different urban brownfields in Vienna. The aim is to comprehend the processes of reuse, to understand what kind of state and non-state actors are involved and how the processes of reuse are acted out. The research project particularly focuses on the involvement of migrants as actors in these processes. I thus look at the positions of migrants in urban restructuring processes in Vienna without taking the city itself, or a certain pre-defined group of migrants as an entry point to the analysis. The point of departure is the transformation of urban brownfields. Continue Reading →

migrantas team

Marula Di Como (graphic artist) has been using pictograms as a means of artistic expression since 2000. In Buenos Aires Marula Di Como worked together with Florencia Young (graphic designer) on projects such as ‘El futuro está en el papel pintado de la Bauhaus’ for the Goethe Institute in 1997, and ‘Des-Límites, Valle del Riachuelo Matanzas’, also for the Goethe Institute. This last project was also on display in the ‘Di Tella Institute’, and was chosen by the curator, Catherine David, for the exhibition ‘City Editing’, shown at the Proa Foundation in 1999 in Buenos Aires. Continue Reading →