Dardis McNamee

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Dardis McNamee is the Editor in Chief of METROPOLE. Over a long career in journalism she has written for The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler in New York, the Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as having been a speechwriter to two US ambassadors to Austria. She was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work at the Department of Media Communications for Webster University Worldwide. In 2010, she was granted Austrian Citizenship of Honor (EhrenstaatsbĂĽrgerschaft) for outstanding contributions to the Austrian Republic
Gemeindebau, Social housing, Vienna, 100 years

A New Century of Social Housing

As in 1919, Vienna’s revised Building Code hopes to dampen land prices and make the economics of affordable housing work again In this season of centennials, the City of Vienna considers 2019 the anniversary of its famed Social Housing program. A hundred years ago, with migrants flooding the city from across the former Empire, Vienna […]
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heumarkt

Heumarkt | Stopped for Now

Under pressure from Federal Culture Minister Gernot Blümel, Vienna’s controversial Heumarkt project was suddenly called off late Sunday (Mar 17), delayed for at least two years, pending further discus...
Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder’s Call to Action

In an age of confusion, historian and author Timothy Snyder looks to the past for a guide to the future of the West. On a pleasant evening in late October 2018, several dozen people filed into the meeting rooms of the famed Republikanischer Club, tucked on a side street behind the University of Vienna Law […]
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Coffeehouse Diaspora

In A Rich Brew, Shachar Pinsker makes a convincing case for the role of cafĂ©s in fostering a golden age of Jewish culture. In any guidebook about Vienna, the Kaffeehaus holds a place of honor, a sort of people’s club, open to all, where the rich exchange of friendship, creativity and ideas that became the […]
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Austrian Business

Austrian Business Knows No Bounds

Engines in India, cable cars in La Paz, logistics on the Silk Road – Austrian technology and exports are at an all-time high. The old station building in the EstaciĂłn Central is still standing, but the tracks have already been torn up and the trains relocated. A single car tells the story of this station […]
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How To … Live Like A Real Viennese

Start with eating, end with drinking – and take in the Gemütlichkeit on the way. Coming from a chaotic, colorful and noisy part of Italy, a little town close to Rome, makes Vienna feel like a seren...

The Power of Culture

How Austrians know who they are On November 18, the afternoon temperature suddenly dropped to an icy chill and the first flakes of snow began to fall. By evening in Vienna, there was a light dusting on the cars, and by early morning, a light blanket of white covered the shed roof below the window. […]
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Channeling imperial indulgence, Meissl & Schadn’s riding dinners are all about good taste – in both senses.

Let Them Eat Schnitzel

Channeling imperial indulgence, the riding dinners at Meissl & Schadn are all about good taste – in both senses. Close your eyes: Imagine, you’re in a horsedrawn Fiaker, dressed to the nines, leaning back on the leather seats with a glass of bubbly in your hand, gazing into a pair of bright eyes as all […]
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Get the Hang of Wiener Schmäh

Schmäh may not be the first thing you notice when you arrive in Vienna. But it comes up soon enough In school, for example: My children were astonished to discover that copying from classmates (“das ...
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