City 2.0

TEDxVienna City2.0

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.


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Ulfert Höhne

Ulfert Höhne is a physicist, ex-Greenpeace campaigner, co-founder and former long term CEO of the Austrian green power utility Oekostrom AG, co-founder of three other start-ups, and a consultant in the field of renewable energy and sustainability. Recently, he has been working to establish Energy Change Agents, a programme to spur innovative Smart Energy Business Models.

Ilkim Erdost

Ilkim Erdost is the principal of the Volkshochschule Ottakring, a school for adult education in the 16th district of Vienna and a member of the district council. She was born and raised in Vienna and studied information management in Eisenstadt. She also worked as a political assistent to an Austrian MP, as journalist, as an assistent in a newspaper and as a spokesperson to the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund. Providing pre secondary education at the VHS Ottakring local network patterns, the cooperation in Community Development and Community Education projects are focuses of Ilkim’s work today.

Florian Lorenz

Florian Lorenz is an ecological designer in the field of landscape, architecture, and urbanism. He has a strong personal and professional interest in active transportation with a prime focus on urban cycling. Since 2010, Florian has been head of research at Smarter Than Car (STC) and frequently discusses STC’s ideas via international conferences, workshops, and professional publications. As associate of the planning and communications consultancy PlanSinn, Florian worked to bring about Velo-city 2013, the Cycling Visionaries Awards, and various projects to further urban cycling in Vienna. He studied ecology as well as landscape architecture in Vienna and Copenhagen and has worked extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Nicholas Platzer

Nicholas Platzer is an American who has been based in Vienna since 2005. 6 months after moving to Vienna, he opened INOPERAbLE Gallery with the intention of promoting artists he had befriended over the years, with the primary focus on Graffiti an Street Artists. Over the years the Gallery has grown immensely and has shown hundreds of artists from across the Globe. The Gallery has functioned not only as a place to show new art to a traditionally conservative city, but also as a hub for the underground scene. INOPERAbLE has organized numerous exhibitions, events, and mural projects in and around Austria. With his business partner Nathalie Halgand, Nicholas Platzer continues to use INOPERAbLE as a means to change the image of Vienna one wall at a time.

Daniela Patti

Daniela Patti is an architect and planner. She has studied in Rome, London, Porto and currently is a PhD candidate in TU Vienna and TU Delft. She has been working as a researcher in the CEIT Alanova research centre since 2010 ( where she is responsible for project development and management of European research projects within the Smart Cities strand. Additionally she has been guest lecturer in the University of Roma Tre, Tor Vergata and Universad de Buenos Aires and since 2012 is Board Member of the wonderland Platform for European Architecture ( where she organizes workshops for the development of urban strategies.

Nathan de Groot

Nathan de Groot is a Dutch urbanist/journalist/optimist. In 2013, he graduated from the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture & Design in Moscow. The collective research project ‘Foresight in Hindsight’ culminated in an interactive exhibition and publication presenting past views of the future. Under the name Assembled Ground, a new collective with three architects, he produced a successful entry for the Vision Competition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013. Before, he contributed as a blogger to The Pop-up City and as an editor to Huisboomfeest, an urban art project by Wapke Feenstra.

Stefan Gruber

Stefan Gruber is principal of STUDIOGRUBER a Vienna based architecture and research office working at the intersection between architectural design and urbanism. Stefan is also a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, directing the Platform for Geography, Landscape, Cities. His design work includes realized projects such as the ‘Lecture Pods Semper Depot’, a finalist for the Federal Austrian Design Prize and the Contract World Award; installations such as ‘C’mon C’mmons’ a hybrid garden/kitchen/table at the Bauhaus Dessau in collaboration with artist Ursula Achternkamp and gardener Klaus Fischedick; as well as winning competition entries such as for the Europan 11 in Graz.

Gregor Wiltschko

Gregor Wiltschko studied Urban and Regional Planning at University of Technology Vienna and KTH Stockholm. After completing an ISoCaRP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) Urban Task Force in Guadalajara, Mexico he finished his diploma thesis at the IOC Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne. Since 2010 he works at the Vienna based office raum & kommunikation. His work focuses on cooperative urban planning processes and consulting in the field of “new urban mobility”. The office provides innovative solutions in the fields of urban planning, housing, and real estate development from ideation to realization.

Michael Badics

Michael Badics is at the moment senior director of AE Solutions, a new division of Ars Electronica. AE Solutions is developing the most promising prototypes and research results of the Ars Electronica Futurelab into products ready for real-world implementation. He was founder and managing director of Memetics GmbH and has studied computer sciences at the Linzer Johannes Kepler university. After 15 years working as software engineer and manager in the multinational software company Fabasoft AG he was working about 8 years with managing the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Levente Polyák

Levente Polyák is urbanist, researcher and critic. He studied architecture, urbanism, sociology and art theory in Budapest and Paris, and he has been lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, the Budapest University of Technology and the Technische Universität Wien, where he teaches urban studies and architectural theory. Levente has worked on urban projects for the New York, Paris, Budapest and Pécs municipalities and as founding member of the KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, he has organized events and exhibitions dealing with various contemporary urban and architectural phenomena. He is a doctoral candidate at the Central European University.Since 2012 he is a board member of the wonderland platform for european architecture where he organizes workshops for the development of urban strategies. His recent projects are published at