Gebietsbetreuungen Stadterneuerung (Urban Renewal Office)
Vienna has practiced “soft urban renewal” since the 1970s, carefully renovating and upgrading districts by involving city residents. This approach aims is to create affordable housing and increase the quality of life.
The “Gebietsbetreuungen Stadterneuerung“ (GB*) has maintained this method reliably for over 40 years. As a service center of Vienna, the GB offers a wide range of free services, including guidance, information, and project work at the district level.
Currently, the GB* has five locations. They are an active hub in the region, and can answer questions about city residence, living environments, and living together in district communities. All contact details can be found here.
Urban green spaces make the city livable and fulfill important ecological functions. The GB helps implement your ideas in making the city greener. City residents can plant in Baumscheiben (curb spaces) and other small free plots in their district, or they can become community gardeners. In cooperation with the districts and Vienna Parks and Gardens (MA 42), the GB helps make public spaces more green.
http://www.gbstern.at/garteln – All about the GB and urban gardening
http://besserleben.gbstern.at – Overview of all GB green space activities and projects
www.gbstern.at/themen-projekte/projektkarte/ – map with all gardening projects supported by th GB*