On September 20th, 2013, the TEDx platform will harness the power of people across the globe to host a TEDx event featuring the local innovators, organizers, stewards and builders of their cities, called TEDxCity2.0 events. In Vienna we will present an impressive line-up of live speakers tackling various aspects of the next iteration of our cities.
The Unfinished City
Inspired by the Estonian myth of Ülemiste vanake, this year’s City2.0 theme responds to the fact that completion is death to a city. Cities are dynamic and must always be changing, growing, and adapting. The very idea of City2.0 connotes as much. But how are cities changing, and why? What shape do we want the City2.0 to take? As one of the world’s most livable cities, Vienna is rightfully proud of its quality and its accomplishments. And yet Vienna’s success also gives rise to perhaps its greatest threat: the illusion of its completion. The fact is that there is much to do in Vienna, as in every city. TEDxVienna City2.0 aims to illuminate these tasks and the ways in which we might, individually and collectively, engage them. Topics will range from smart cities and changing paradigms of urban planning to bicycle urbanism, the hidden stories of immigration, and even street art. Talks will be delivered by a mix of local and international speakers whose research and projects are built on ideas not only worth spreading, but also worth doing. All talks will be presented in Engish.
On the 20th of September, starting with 17:00 we will meet at the Weltmuseum Vienna. Formerly known as The Museum of Ethnology, the Weltmuseum in Vienna is the largest anthropological museum in Austria, established in 1876. It currently resides in the Hofburg Imperial Palace and houses a quarter million ethnographical and archaeological objects from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America. Important collections include Mexican artifacts, with unique Aztec featherwork; part of James Cook’s collection of Polynesia and Northwest Coast art (purchased in 1806); numerous Benin bronzes; the collection of Charles von Hügel from India, Southeast Asia, and China; the contents of a museum created to house the collections form the Austrian Brazil Expedition; artifacts collected during the circumnavigation of the globe by the SMS Novara; and two of the remaining rongorongo tablets.
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