In the project WohnMOBIL, the research studio iSPACE is developing a systematic approach, especially for suburban-rural areas, in order to integrate innovative forms of living and mobility in a forward-looking and sustainable settlement development.

Increasing settlement pressure and land consumption, affordable housing and active land policy as well as an increased coordination of settlement development and transport are essential problems in the current and future spatial development of our country. The lack of affordable housing in urban and central locations is leading to a process of displacement into the surrounding area, which in turn increases the problems of commuting and traffic. In addition, there are new social challenges due to current trends such as a changing world of work, which demands more and more flexibility in the housing market and also in the mobility sector.

The project WohnMOBIL, promoted from the means of the BMK (program line city of the future), tries to work against these problem definitions and focuses new concepts such as transitory living, a temporally limited form of living in particular for new moving in, young families or workers with seasonally limited employer-employee relationships, as solutions.

The planning of demand-oriented multimodal mobility offers and infrastructures for different types of neighborhoods and housing estates has created opportunities for residents that are adapted to their residential form. Florian Schöpflin, Researcher at the Research Studio iSPACE, emphasizes the advantages of transitory living:

„Transitory housing can help to meet the growing demand for affordable housing in suburban-rural communities through intelligent housing use. The combination with needs-based and residential mobility forms, especially with new forms of mobility such as sharing solutions or e-mobility, can also promote traffic-saving and sustainable mobility behavior among residents.“

In cooperation with the project partners, Energieinstitut Vorarlberg, Herry Consult, Architekt Schweizer and the market town of St. Johann in Tyrol, a WohnMOBIL kit was developed, consisting of a handbook and index cards with the individual measures for housing, additional housing offers, mobility offers and mobility infrastructures.

“The results from the WohnMOBIL project form an important basis for concrete developments in our community. With innovative projects we want to tackle the challenges in the areas of housing and traffic”, says the market town of St. Johann in Tyrol.

Read also the current report on the project in the press review of the GSV