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In April 2014 in Vienna, a former vacant office building from the 1970s reopened to the public, offering spaces for users, projects, initiatives and small organizations on its 2200m2 surface spread over 7 floors. Initiated by Paradocks, a collective researching, testing and implementing socio-spatial concepts for temporary use, this project on the Marxergasse 24/2 aims to set up innovative structures that deal with re-use of material goods and sharing of skills.













More than 250 start-ups, initiatives and organisations, as well as individual scientists and students and people with ambition have followed and responded to our ‘open call for projects’ in March 2014. Around 55 projects have been chosen to participate to co-create a new model of a collective building. On a total of 6 floors, the users will implement their ideas and projects in studios, offices and co-working spaces. Under the motto ‘space seeks ideas’, we searched for projects that are in need of space to develop their business in the best possible work atmosphere. Most of them recently took the step towards becoming self-employed and therewith wish to create their own economy. Projects differ from a DIY industrial design team, to new life clothes or, renewable energy initiatives as well as up-cycling glass production, the production of electrical bikes, an app re-using trash and a PhD group researching the commons.

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<< 3rd to 13th July 2013
<<< Sommerszene Salzburg

The Makartsteg is a pedestrian bridge in the centre of Salzburg, and an infrastructural junction. It connects two different territories: the Old Town, considered to be a cradle of high culture, and the New Town, which bustles with urban flair. The artist collective ONORTHODOX address this difference and adapt it for a series of large-format posters.

The project Salzburgization, positioned at the interface of art and science, presents succinct, subjective statements about Salzburg as an urban residential and living space and as a popular touristic hotspot.



ONORTHODOX not only interviewed people who live and work in Salzburg but also activated an international network of experts on urbanity, asking them to express their views of the city in brief comments. The twenty quotes (of a total of more than one hundred contributions) selected for display reflect different perspectives and perceptions of Salzburg.
Salzburgization transforms the Makartsteg into a many-sided, larger-than-life postcard waiting to be photographed and sent out into the world.



Salzburgization is a project by ONORTHODOX | Tackling Urban Issues (Margot Deerenberg and Thomas Stini) presented by Sommerszene Salzburg. For further information and the complete festival program go to:

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Urban intervention can surely be an important tool in inspiring interaction and reflection. Onorthodox believes that an essential step is the use of media and content that will inherently generate reactions.

When scanning the now gentrifying Brunnenviertel neighborhood in Vienna, the rich mixture of people is immediately apparent. Over the last two decades, the quarter has become a genuine melting pot–home to an eclectic group of inhabitants. Here, residents with Turkish, former-Yugoslavian, Eastern European and Austrian roots live amongst each other.

Over a prominent, neighborhood square, two giant faces appear on an old market office: one is a modern Muslim woman wearing a hijab, and the other is a Viennese hipster, a symbol of the area’s newcomers. These massive paste-up images–looking onto the milieu of people playing, resting, sleeping, drinking or just passing by–are both a reflection of and a tribute to the area’s diverse citizenry. For the very first time, the heterogeneity of the area is portrayed. Despite their different origins, styles, appearances or identities, these groups have established a special symbiotic relationship. They all belong here and have the right to the city and its public space.

The depiction of the two dissimilar but modern faces triggers interest and emotion. Will they be accepted or disowned? Can these depictions break taboos? Do passers by identify with them and do they reflect on the juxtaposition? Furthermore, will it inspire discussion?


The public may view this project as an embodiment of diversity, a provocation, or a simple decorative embellishment of the public space. It is, however, meant to incite both chitchat and deeper public discourse. The flexibility of the piece and its variety of possible meanings is its key in inspiring discourse.

No matter the viewer, the pieces induce a reaction. As we were posting them on the walls, the inquisitive onlookers and their battery of questions indicated its nascent success. With this work, Onorthodox is taking a further step in its commitment to teach and learn within communities. “It is our generation that finds common ground in claiming space and aims to keeps diversity alive in a modern way.”

It is not about you- it’s about us!





Margot Deerenberg, Thomas Stini

Triggering Chinatown

Triggering Chinatown

“triggering chinatown”

Unser Handbuch mit Strategien zur Aneignung des öffentlichen Raumes, ist eine Kritik an Konzernen die ihre Produkte aus den Läden in den Raum projizieren. Daraus abgeleitet eine getestete Idee, um in Wien, 1040, Vorschläge für eine Chinatown einzuwerfen.
Booklet: “triggering chinatown”,
 eine provozierende, städtebauliche Simulation

>> Link zum Handbuch:


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#Zwischennutzung #Bürogemeinschaft #Kunst & Kultur #Flüchtlinge

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<< selbst initiiert
<<< unterstützt durch: GB16, BZ 16
<<<< in Zusammenarbeit mit: SOHO in Ottakring, Initiative Fesch

GG68, Grundsteingasse Nr. 68, wurde als Zwischennutzungsprojekt im Rahmen des Biennale-Festivals ‚SOHO in Ottakring‘ geboren. Der Verein Onorthodox|tackling urban issues hat die ehemalige Imbissstube zum Festival als Ausstellungsraum genutzt. Danach wurde mit dem Kunst- und Kulturverein SOHO in Ottakring und der  kommerziellen und designorientierten Initiative Fesch eine heterogene Bürogemeinschaft gegründet. Zahlreiche Musikveranstaltungen, Ausstellungen, Debatten, Dinnerconversations und Filmvorführungen haben seitdem stattgefunden.



Die Funktion der Imbissstube als sozialer Treffpunkt wurde auch im Zwischennutzungsprojekt beibehalten. Die stets offenstehende Tür, die markante Fassade und die Bar im Eingangsbereich haben immer wieder gesprächige Anrainer und ehemalige Stammkunden angezogen.

Die oberen Stockwerke des Hauses wurden vom Flüchtlingsprojekt Ute Bock genutzt, was unser Projekt bis zum Ende geprägt hat. Das GG68 wurde zum Kinderspielplatz, Flohmarkt und Mieterversammlungsstelle,  die Büroge- meinschaft zu Gesprächs- und Mediationspartnern.


Die informelle Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verein Ute Bock „hatte einen substantiellen Anteil am Leben der BewohnerInnen und am Zusammen- leben“ (Claire Stephan – Verein Ute Bock).


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#Gemeinschaft #alternatives Wohnen & Leben
#Hotel #Interior Design #Community Garden #Bikekitchen 




<< in Zusammenarbeit mit: Implantat
<<<unterstützt durch: MA 18, GB 5, Bezirk 5

TRUST111 hat seit Februar 2013 die Räumlichkeiten eines Wohnhauses im fünften Bezirk übernommen. An der stark befahrenen Schönbrunnerstrasse hat sich eine kleine Gemeinschaft gebildet, in der ein Guesthouse (Pop-Inn) mit Themenzimmern, einer Bar, Imbiss, Tauschgeschäft, Fahrradwerkstatt und unterschiedlichsten Ateliers Platz gefunden haben.

Im Laufe des Projekts sind mehr Wohnungen dazugekommen und in unterschiedlicher Zusammenarbeit wurde der Dachgarten bepflanzt, der Innenhof als Schanigarten umgebaut und der Dachboden zum Ausstellungsraum und KunstlerInnennetzwerk umfunktioniert. Die Gänge des Hauses wandelten sich zum öffentlichen Raum und Treffpunkt, zu einer Bühne für Ausstellungen, klassische Konzerte und Feste.

Als Pilotprojekt wollte TRUST111 Vieles versuchen und erforschen. Den Aufbau einer Gemeinschaft, die Kommunikationsarten intern und extern, Partizipation und Empowerment sowie in geringem Ausmaß die Integration von Flüchtlingen und sozial Schwächeren.

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Momentan erfolgt die Aufarbeitung des Projekts im Hinblick auf die kommunale, soziale und wirtschaftliche Wertschöpfung (eines kreativen Hauses).

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Customs transformation, an active event symbolically reuniting the population of nearby villages in an abandoned customs building halfway from Rajka (Hungary) and Rusovce (Slovakia). An alternative space dedicated to local youth and to diverse range of activities-  „IGOR KOVAČEVIĆ- CCEA“.

Europe is balancing on the edge of an uncertain future. Changing fertility rates, the process of urbanization and the current financial crisis are strong forces we have to cope with. These circumstances call for Europe-wide action that would not only challenge the top down practices driven by the governments and markets, but that would also propose institutional innovations for deepening democratic governance and increasing social equity.
In the context of CULBURB– cultural* acupuncture*treatment*for*suburbs-, organised by the Centre for Central European Architecture in Prague (CCEA) ,the NGO Onorthodoxtackling urban issues, presents ‘Nostalgia’.

Their bottom up approach in combination with active participation and empowerment was selected to be realized on the tri point area of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.
While this area is largely affected by suburbanization, Onorthodox aims to expose the almost forgotten past and raise the awareness of citizens and local authorities. The process of suburbanization slowly makes borders blur and weakens social ties. This made Onorthodox curious to seek the existing social relations within this geographical area. What are the common roots and how can stories from the past tell us?

Onorthodox decided to give the floor to ‘the most experienced ones’. About 75 elderly participants (re)told their stories by means of photos about the former days to Onorthodox and their fellow participants. Now it is about time to combine and show these photos and stories of the three villages (and countries). All these individual pieces of the past merge into a collective memory.

Margot Deerenberg, Thomas Stini //In coop. with Veronika Kovacsova and Viola Váradi. //

We invite all the inhabitants of Deutsch Jahndorf (at), Rajka (hu) and Rusovce (s) and all the interested to a unique chance to go back into the past and learn (for) the future by Nostalgia!

A three-dimensional city reveals itself and different media light up in a number of locations. Mental maps, heard images, interviews, data, photos and videos give you an overall sense of the mood in the city. “At the End of the Street” makes it possible to visit different places without being physically present. As a 2.0 tourist you can conduct comprehensive, multidiemensional city research via a game engine. The cities of Tirana and Skopje, both given scant attention, yet very much alive, are presented using participative methods and media chosen by the cities’ inhabitants. These portraits encourage self-reflection and strengthen the sense of “Citizenship.”

The project is a set up of cross-cultural and cross-city conversations through virtual communication, based on personal accounts from Tirana and Skopje in exchange with Amsterdam and Vienna. Citizens with diverse backgrounds are challenged to have a conversation: questions will be posed in one city, answered in the other and back. Due to that an interactive map of Tirana and Skopje enables insights into the diverse layers of the city: collected stories will be uploaded on the web 2.0 platform and attached to the specific coordinates of a three-dimensional city landscape. The outcome is an atmospheric portrayal of the city: the outreach generates a patchwork of subjective topoi.
The work will be embedded in different festivals/events (Amsterdam, Skopje, Tirana, Vienna) with workshops and public discussions.

The project should be seen in the light of the 21st centuries demand and necessity for fair and genuine participation, empowerment and citizenship. Not only citizenship in general is addressed, but a European sense of citizenship in particular is strived for. Which cultures do enrich Europe and in which way can a perception of European cohesion be established?

The project seeks to increase the self-awareness and cross-cultural awareness of the participants and helps representing cities and social groups that have fewer opportunities and are long neglected in a European context. Skopje and Tirana are therefore relevant hosting venues, also in the context of the changed cultural settings by last decades’ political transformation.

Finally, technological innovations such as web 2.0, virtual communication and custom made services are not to ignore and form the meaningful frame of the project. This contemporary interactive presentation of cities can be seen as a bottom-up city marketing strategy. It is an appealing low-threshold platform, on which large concepts such as citizenship & tolerance but as well cross-cultural communication can be visualised.

By means of non-conventional participation the project strives to increase a sense of self- and cultural awareness of citizens within a city and in exchange with other European cities through the possibility of presentation.







Eyes on|of Tarlabaşı is the artistic research conducted from September till February 2009-2010 in Istanbul. Tarlabaşı, part of the Beyoğlu district lies next to Taksim Square. It is considered to be an inner city ghetto and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

This research is about the inhabitants of this district, which can be perceived as an unofficial asylum camp. Kurdish and African people but as well Roma families and transseksuals have become neighbours in this area. Tarlabaşı, “for all who are not wanted or cannot be somewhere else” is now at the tipping point of being gentrified. Still the students of the famous Bilgi University (campus Dolapdere)a 10 min walk from Taksim the main center take a special bus and do not cross the district. It might house a handful internationals on the outer city, the core of Tarlabaşı remains dangerous with stories of drugs and violence.

How do the inhabitants see themselves and how does this relate to the perception of those not from Tarlabaşı?

We present an insight into Tarlabaşı from the perspective of its own inhabitants –eyes of- and seen by the others -eyes on- and play with all the prejudices.

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unser team

Veronika Kovacsova

Veronika Kovacsova

Urban Designer | Urban Researcher //VIE/BTS/AMS/BUD

„Leerstands-Transformation ist Katalysator neuer sozialer Inter-aktionen und engagiert Menschen in der Entdeckung und Mitgestaltung ihres Lebensumfelds“

Margot Deerenberg

Margot Deerenberg

 Stefanie Wieser

Stefanie Wieser

Veronika Kovacsova

Veronika Kovacsova

Urban Designer | Urban Researcher //VIE/BTS/AMS/BUD

„Leerstands-Transformation ist Katalysator neuer sozialer Inter-aktionen und engagiert Menschen in der Entdeckung und Mitgestaltung ihres Lebensumfelds“

Margot Deerenberg

Margot Deerenberg

 Stefanie Wieser

Stefanie Wieser



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