Category Archive for: Urbanism

Peak Car and Future Urban Mobility

At this year’s fantastic Urbanize festival in Vienna, Katharina Manderscheid and Austria’s most renowned critic of excessive automobile usage, Hermann Knoflacher, spoke about future urban mobility. According to Katharina Manderscheid, we have reached peak car in Western countries where car usage and ownership are declining, especially among the urban youth who are also often refraining from…

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Do Smart Cities make Stupid Citizens?

I recently visited the Smart Cities Week in Vienna where various aspects of smart cities were discussed and many Austrian smart cities and smart regions shared their best practice examples, challenges and experiences. For Austria as a country of small cities (except Vienna) with very diverse structures it is important to break down the global…

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Hammarby Sjöstad: Sustainable urban development at its best

When I went to beautiful Stockholm for a long weekend last month, I also spent a sunny Sunday afternoon in Hammarby Sjöstad, the city’s landmark sustainable urban development district. As I’ve taken some pictures, let me share some of the ingredients of this exciting urban development project.   A dense and walkable neighborhood First of…

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The unique planning history of Vienna’s Donauinsel

As Vienna’s Donauinsel (Danube Island) celebrates its 25th birthday this year, the Architekturzentrum Wien recently devoted an evening to its planning history, featuring an interesting talk by Harald Erber in which he talked about August Zottl’s (and his son Hermann Zottl’s) vision behind the island as well as alternative proposals and current development scenarios. The…

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Sustainable cities need integrated urban planning & energy planning

Earlier this month, I visited the Zero Emissions Cities Conference in Vienna’s City Hall which tried to answer the question how tomorrow’s smart cities can significantly reduce their carbon emissions. It offered general insights as well as presentations of specific technologies like building-integrated photovoltaics, small-scale urban wind power, LED lighting systems or thermal energy storage.…

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City Pics: Stockholm

As I’ve just spent a long weekend in beautiful Stockholm, this City Pics blogpost features some common photo insights into a livable city, in particular green speaces, unique waterfronts, multimodal transport, dense neighborhoods and a vibrant public life, plus plenty of people cycling, walking and pushing their baby strollers. Not to forget a beautiful sunset,…

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City Pics: Istanbul

As I’ve spent last week week at Global Power Shift in Istanbul, I also had the chance to spend some time to explore the city’s impressive Old Town, visit the site of the recent Gezi Park protests and get a small insight into this vibrant and growing place between Europe and Asia. Moreover, a boat…

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City Pics: Portland

As the first destination of our round trip along the US West Coast, I just visited Americas “Bicycle Capital” Portland. Of course, I had to ride a bike along its vast network of bike lanes to experience why the city really deserves this title. Moreover, walkable streets, its new streetcar network and a stunning aerial…

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