My Vienna 2120

The departement of urban planning Vienna celebrated its 100th birthday in March 2020.
So what is the future of this time of rapid change? What will Vienna look like after another 100 years?
And what role will green play?
A Green Vision…

So what is the future of this time of rapid change? What will Vienna look like after another 100 years? 
I lift the veil and I see: it will be a green stronghold, world-famous for its approach to urban expansion in the highest density: a metropolis as nature. In 2120 Vienna will have grown almost three times.

But the old city will be surrounded by green hills, in the south by the mountains of the Wienerberg, and on the other side of the Danube a new hilly landscape will rise, hills of very high green buildings, rising like terraces, all around balconies with deep troughs in lush green. Vienna has made use of its own milestones on the way to the future: the high-rise buildings of Alterlaa with their garden-like balconies, with the many green projects in streets and on facades, the first spectacular one that of the department MA 18, and the extensively greened, car-free BiotopeCity Wienerberg, which are interspersed with green and tree-covered open spaces.

These approaches have been further developed in a clairvoyant way. In the large inner cavities of the artificial hills are – besides numerous rooms for social activities – the gardens of urban agriculture. In 2120, Vienna will be able to feed itself essentially self-sufficiently: salads and vegetables of all kinds will grow under low-energy light fixtures, fish will swim in large basins, and poultry and mammals will also be kept here, because despite a sharp decline in meat consumption there is still a limited demand for it – much to the annoyance of radical eco-freaks. In continuation of its alpine tradition, Vienna has also created a new sport: urban mountaineering. The urban-alpine sport now has its international stronghold in Vienna, with annual competitions being held here.

The green of the artificial hilly landscape overflows into the old city. Where once 100 years ago cars were parked in the streets, there are now gardens, even narrow streets have only a narrow roadway and resemble more like allotment gardens. People move on foot, on bicycles, on scooters, and for more extensive needs, self-driving taxis scurry silently on the narrow roads. Sometimes you will see a beloved oldtimer car from the petrol era, a driving museum. Gardening has become the great collective urban hobby and has contributed greatly to a balanced society, despite its extremely heterogeneous composition. Most people work ‘indoors’ behind displays – Gardening is the ideal sport, generously supported by the department of urban planning MA 18.

Nevertheless, in this almost ideal Viennese world of the year 2120, there is something that was not known 100 years before, a new form of petty crime: the forbidden urban hunt. For in the garden-like streets, chickens, rabbits, pigeons, and again and again wild boars, foxes, raccoons are romping about. And the number of human carnivores is still large enough to tempt you to shoot them.

But all this does not prevent Vienna, the world metropolis of urban nature, from winning again the title of ‘most liveable city’ in international comparison in 2120. 




This text is published in German in: Wojciech Czaja (Hg.), “100 x 18 – Wiener Stadtentwicklung gestern, heute und morgen.Ein Jahrhundertgeschenk”. Stadt Wien 2020