Urbanism


5 Ways Indoor Plants will Change Your Life!

As humans, it is only natural for us to love plants. After all, they provide us with the necessary oxygen to survive. Whereas most people who own a garden will have the odd plant or bush in their green space, others who do not have access to an outdoor property […]


Ode to the Odds #1
The Sound of Vienna

This month we start a new series in the TEDxVienna Blog, in which we want to introduce you to all the quirks of Vienna: Our bloggers uncover unusual facts and trivia, and weird aspects of Vienna you may never have noticed. Whether you are Viennese or have moved to the […]


What Is The Link Between Garbage And Creativity?

If you’ve noticed the trash cans around Vienna, then you know they try to lure you into doing the right thing with playful phrases and creativity. Most of the time it’s difficult to find English equivalents for the witty slogans without providing lengthy explanations. When friends visit from out of […]


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 […]