Auf nach Aspern – art and urban development along the U2 subway line

Guides: Erich Bernard and Franziska Leeb

Auf nach Aspern - art and urban development along the U2 subway line






Guided Tour





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U-Bahn-Station Karlsplatz
1010 Vienna

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By public transport (and with a valid ticket!). Limited number of participants. Registration is required (by Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:00 p.m.): "" or T +43 1 521 89 1257. Program changes will be announced on

Meeting place: subway station Karlsplatz, round square in Opernpassage (in front of Anker store)

Ernst Caramelle, Untitled (2013), subway station Karlsplatz, Art Passage, 1040 Wien Peter Kogler, subway station Karlsplatz (2012), U1/U2 mezzanine, 1040 Vienna Ken Lum, “Pi” (2006), subway station Karlsplatz, Karlsplatz Westpassage/Friedrichstrasse, 1040 Vienna Ingeborg Strobl, “a garden (for example)” (2008), Novaragasse 8, U2 subway station Taborstrasse, 1020 Vienna Honet, “Totem Modern” (2013), U2 subway station Krieau, exit Trabrennstrasse, 1020 Vienna Speto, “3 Brothers” (2014), U2 subway station Krieau, exit Trabrennstrasse, 1020 Vienna Pedro Cabrita Reis, “two drawings in the sky, two paintings underneath” (2013), U2 subway stations Donaustadtbrücke and Donaumarina, 1020 and 1220 Vienna Stephan Huber, “Aspern Affairs” (2013), U2 subway station Aspern-Nord, Ostbahnbegleitstrasse, 1220 Vienna

“Auf nach Aspern”

by Franziska Leeb

The continuous expansion of the city towards the east will culminate in the coming years in the creation of the Aspern lakeside city. The U2 subway line, which for decades ran along a short curved route of just three-and-a-half kilometers under the Lastenstrasse, a main supply road for the city in the Gründerzeit period, is turning into an important urban transport axis as the city changes. It connects the new residential areas around the prater, in Stadlau and in Aspern to the town center, but it also provides impulses for the new and old parts of the city. Though their architecture is in the Viennese tradition of a standardized design concept for all station buildings on the line, every new building (architecture: Paul Katzberger, Gerhard Moßburger) reacts to specific local conditions. The artistic interventions along the entire route borrow from the topographic, historic or atmospheric features of the districts they are in.

The expedition on the U2 subway line goes from artwork to artwork and will familiarize the participants with the history of urban development along this increasingly important axis.

Erich Bernard, born in 1965, architect, author of numerous works about the cultural and architectural history of Vienna; studied architecture at Graz University of Technology and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Founding partner of BWM Architekten und Partner, 2013 visiting professor at the NDU – New Design University St. Pölten.

Franziska Leeb, born in 1968, works as a freelance architecture publicist, journalist, architectural broker and presenter in Vienna. Architecture critic for the “Spectrum” section of the daily newspaper “Die Presse,” freelance collaborator for “architektur.aktuell.”

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