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Video Sunday: Aspern Lake and Subway Construction Timelapse

Vienna’s aspern Urban Lakeside is definitely one of the most exciting urban development projects currently in Europe, aiming at accomodating 20,000 residents and providing 20,000 workplaces at the edge of the fastest growing German-speaking city. As stated on its website, it is a project of novel dimensions: “It is the most important urban development venture…

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Video Sunday: Inspiration from TEDCity2.0

Last September, TEDCity2.0 (complemented by many TEDxCity2.0 events around the world) brought together some of the world’s leading urban thinkers in New York City for “envisioning the cities of our future and sharing big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions”. Out of more than 20 inspiring talks, I’d like to first share two talks…

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City Pics: Walking along Vienna’s Alte Donau

It was a nice and warm (albeit not sunny) winter afternoon today in Vienna. So, I went for a walk along one of my favourite places in Vienna, the lower part of the Alte Donau (Old Danube) river between the two subway stations U2 Donaustadtbr├╝cke and U1 Alte Donau. The beautiful waterside promenade features so…

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The Great Transformation must be a socio-cultural one

Yesterday, German sociologist and social psychologist Harald Welzer, who is well known for his books and research on climate change and sustainability, visited Vienna’s new University of Economics and Business to give an interesting “WU Sustainability Controversies” talk on transformation processes. According to Welzer, we’re facing an extremely paradoxical task: An economic system based on…

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Who needs GDP? Focus on Well being and Ecological integrity!

Last week, Sigrid Stagl from the Vienna University of Economics and Business gave an interesting talk on ecological economics as part of the “Future Lectures” series. Based on the lecture series’ underlying theme of sustainability, earth system boundaries and human interference, she focused on two aspects of climate change and how ecological economics fits into…

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Video Sunday: The Transformation of New York City’s Streets

Although I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, I guess the turn of the year is a good occasion to start a new feature where I’ll share at least one interesting video each week. So, here we go: I’ll start with a video which has been widely featured in traditional and social…

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