The purpose of building is the creation of living space and development opportunity for the people, it must ultimately measure all building. This claim often threatens to sink in the wealth of legal, technical, economic and cultural arguments. A culture of building involves all the people involved in this process: from the idea to the Planning and construction up to the use. Only if building culture as social, economic, environmental and cultural conditions for a liveable environment can be ensured. Baukultur is not a question of money, but a question of quality claim; So not an absolute more, but a conscious better. By resolution of the Austrian National Council, the Federal Government was requested to commission an Austrian Baukultur Report in a five-year cycle. After the first building culture report of 2006, which comprehensively portrayed the Baukultur situation, the second building culture report focuses on three - currently particularly relevant - main topics: "Sustainable", "Close to the citizen" and "Competent".
The purpose of this analysis is to present a concept for deciding on the establishment of an “architect of architecture” (“state architect”). The "Commissioner for Architecture" is a neutral and conditional title for an institution that should deal with architecture and spatial planning issues at national level. The concept first addresses the general starting points that necessitate the need for a separate institution for planning and architecture. Further consideration is given to the possible institutional status of the Commissioner for Architecture. One of the objectives of the Government Action Program for 2007-2011 is to codify construction and planning law.
Government Policy on Architecture
2009 - 2015
The Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 was launched in October 2009 and provides the appropriate framework for architectural policy up to 2015 and beyond and is led centrally by Built Heritage and Architectural Policy. The policy places an emphasis on sustainable development of the environment and urban design, incorporates architectural heritage in a holistic integrated manner, and encourages and supports high quality modern architecture. The policy complements and supports the Government’s wider economic strategy within the Programme for Government in areas such as built environment research and quality place-making.
GPA Annual Report 2011-2012
The key priorities for 2011-2012 were the on-going support of the Government Policy on Architecture Advisory Committee (GPAAC) and the supporting Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Group (GPAIG). An initial 20 priority actions had been identified from the overall 45, implementation of which began in 2010. These priority actions deal with specific areas such as built environment research, public awareness, policy development in urban design and sustainable development.
Architecture Policy Guidelines 2009 - 2015
2009 - 2015
The Architecture Policy Guidelines are a medium-term planning document, which determines the State architecture policy for the subsequent seven years, comprising the time period from 2009-2015. The Guidelines comprise the main principles, objectives, the results of the policy to be achieved and the preferable action directions for the achievement thereof. The purpose of this document is to specify more precisely the role and significance of architecture in sustainable development of the State.
Polish Architectural Policy
The publication contains a project of Polish architectural policy (PPA) which the team of authors completed on April 14, 2009. The policy requires recognition of spatial order as a public good and a prerequisite for sustainable development entered into the Polish Constitution; improving legislative tools - making changes and additions to legal acts concerning space management, guaranteeing the formation and preservation of high-quality landscape, public space and architecture in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, balance of cultural, economic, environmental and social criteria; daily practice of achieving the objectives of this document through coordinated activities state and local government administration, professional organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, educational institutions and society.
Architecture and Politics An architectural policy for Sweden
2010 - 2015
Through its publication Architecture and Politics, the Swedish Association of Architects plots the bearings for such a policy. An architectural policy starts with a vision but is to no less a degree a tool for continous development. With this publication we seek to open a dialogue on how we in Sweden can develop the vision of a sustainable society with high quality of life. We hope too thatthis publication will help to define the steps along the way.