Three times development please – Club Night #15 review

Eyslergasse Puntigam © Club Hybrid
Eyslergasse © Club Hybrid

The guests of Club Night #15 come from very different backgrounds, what they have in common is an idealistic commitment to the appropriation and ongoing development of a venue. The location in the urban “foggy zone” in the south of Graz, where commerce, industry, housing and traffic sometimes collide, brings with it its own special conditions. However, the challenges are met with enthusiasm and ideas.

Investor Christian Kossegg, supported by his family, has been developing the approximately 3ha large Taggerwerk site, including a historic industrial building complex, for 10 years. By now he rents it out to around 60 tenants, from artists’ studios to start-ups to sports facilities. Fikret Fazlic runs the Islamic Cultural Centre Graz, a place of open religious and social interaction. With the construction of the mosque according to a design by Gerhard Springer, this area is also far from being fully developed. Further plans are due to being completed in near future. And finally, Helmuth Scheuch, who knows his district like the back of his hand. One of his major issues is traffic, he focuses on the extension of cycle and footpaths as well as public transport. Incidentally, the permeable calm of Herrgottwiesgasse is to be preserved according to his plans.