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Austrian collective MVD brings a political perspective to how public space is utilized. Much of their work focuses on housing and is an extension of the legacy of early modernists who have struggled with the question of housing for a century.

The group’s early notoriety stemmed from provocative public installations. In “add on. 20 höhenmeter,” a do-it-yourself installation reached a height of 20 meters in Wallensteinplatz, Vienna. Various containers, including a trailer, were placed within scaffolding and used for living, eating and observing, blurring the lines between what we think of as private and public space. The project was completed with the assistance of students, and while temporary, left an indelible mark on the public consciousness by showing how public space can be co-opted.

MVD’s work is extensive and appears in lectures, workshops, exhibitions and built works. More recently, the group has published The Vienna Model: Housing for the Twenty-First-Century City – a comprehensive examination of 100 years of social housing in Vienna. The project examined dozens of prototypical projects that chart the evolving idea of public space and social housing in Vienna.