Urbanism


O Home, where art thou?
Vienna through the eyes of the homeless.

Vienna, ranked “the most livable city”, is often associated with music, art and coffee… but let us scratch the beautiful surface and see what is hiding underneath. Although Vienna houses a wide mix of people, there are some that you probably have looked at, chosen to not really see and […]


Exploring Street Art with Martha Cooper

One day before her talk at this year’s TEDxVienna event I got to chat with our wonderful speaker Martha Cooper about her work and what it means to be OUT THERE. Having documented graffiti and street art in New York from its very beginnings, her book “Subway Art” is now known […]


Interesting is the new beautiful

Vienna Ugly There is one thing that no local nor tourist wants to hear when arriving in Vienna: This city can be strange. And odd. And weird, wrong, different and even…ugly. Sometimes, this city offers places which can be all at once: dull and interesting, “ugly” and beautiful; places like […]


Handelskai Midnight Train

Ode to Viennese nights 2

Tungsten lights, white and colourful neon; people working and people sleeping; lit buildings and dark pathways; empty streets and bus stops. Bikes locked to street lamps, telephone booths and cigarette machines. Viennese nights are visually stunning. Streets are paved with colours, contrasts, textures and gradients. Objects unnoticed during daytime become […]


Shades of green: why green should be your favorite color!

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” Pedro Calderon de la Barca (Spanish poet and playwright, 1600-1681) There is something about the color green Imagine you are standing on the forest floor, surrounded by beautiful trees blowing in the wind and the […]


Do you broadcast your intellect?

Stereotyping happens. And it happens a lot. Far too often, an individual’s degree of intellect is estimated on account of their looks. Whilst the majority of people agree that stereotyping is wrong and judgemental, it can also serve as a means of protection. Another way of looking at stereotypes is […]


On Writing and Missing the Bus

There are moments of introspection and then, there are moments of brilliance. For writers, staring at an empty page, whether on paper or the computer screen is the hardest part. Writing is easy, they say, but all writers know that this is not true. Writing is work. All good writing […]


Imagine you walk into a room and stand in a digital world

We live in an increasingly digital world, instead of a primarily analogue one. Years ago, in the beginnings of the Internet, people used to distinguish between the “real life” – meaning the analogue one – and the digital life. Today, we don’t really make these distinctions anymore. Today, we live in […]


Why the Digital did not kill the Analog

102 years ago, Wolfgang Riepl a German classical scholar and journalist, formulated a hypothesis concerning the disappearing of media. According to Riepl, new media technologies tend to drive the old ones out of the market since they reshape trends in offer and demand, changing the products people need – or […]