My Dreamhouse is not a House 

Designed and sequenced by Alejandro Cartagena and Fernando Gallegos
publishing press The Velvet Cell

Copies are also available at
Tienda Alejandro Cartagena

152 pages
21.5 x 28 cm
Hardcover, with Japanese binding
ISBN 978-1-908889-85-0
Limited Edition of 600

Presented at:
Photobook Festival, Leipzig (DE), 2023
ICP Photobook Fest, New York, USA, 2023 by Los Sumergidos L.A. Art Book Fair, Printed Matters, by Los Sumergidos, 2023

My Dreamhouse is not a House is a long-term project by Julia Gaisbacher that focuses on the Austrian architect Eilfried Huth and one of the first, publicly funded participatory social housing projects in Austria from the 1970s. Huth developed a working method that allowed architects and future residents to collaborate on equal terms, resulting in single, occupant-designed houses within residential blocks. His projects were unique because no participatory approach was available outside the privately financed market in Austria at that time.

About 50 years later, Julia Gaisbacher started an artistic research project observing the results of Eilfried Huth’s architectural experiment. In interviews, she asked residents how they had experienced the participatory planning process and its impacts on the long-term living quality in these built environments and combined them with archive material. On a visual level she documented the unique facades of the houses each representing the owners.  

Shortlisted for
- PhotoESPAÑA, Best Photobook of the Year Award 2023
- Les Recontres Photographiques d' Arles,
Author Book Award 2023,
- Germany’s most beautiful Books, 2023
- EI Photobook Award 2023, Encontros
da Imagem, Braga (PT)

Book review
photo-eye bookstore blog, review by Britland Tracy

Please also see the other project parts
My Dreamhouse is not a House I
My Dreamhouse is not a House II
My Dreamhouse is Daydreams (film)