Janima Nam

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Janima Nam is a freelance journalist, translator, and editor living in Vienna. She has a BFA in film from New York University and a Masters degree (MA) from the London Consortium in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Altlerchenfeld

Altlerchenfeld

If Goldilocks had to choose a neighborhood in Vienna, it might be Altlerchenfeld. Laidback yet central, this neighborhood strikes the perfect balance – not too trendy, but exciting enough; not to...
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How the Hundertwasser House Was Built | An Interview with Elfriede Forte

“He put so much love and dedication into this project. It’s no longer comprehensible what he accomplished here.” Whether it’s looking over the green roof gardens, peering up through winding staircases whose landings are each painted a different pastel shade, or encountering colorful frescoes lining a corridor, wonders abound at the Hundertwasser House in Vienna’s […]
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Angelika Fitz

“Architecture is always all around us.” | A Chat with Angelika Fitz

“If you don’t want to look at art, you can choose not to hang any on your wall. Architecture is always all around us. You can’t just tune it out.” When Angelika Fitz was chosen out of 33 international candidates to be the new director of the Architekturzentrum Wien (AzW) two years ago, one of […]
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“I Was Here” | An Interview with Anne Catherine Fleith

“When I go back to my buildings and see how people interact with it – that’s the best present I could ask for.” In 2002, blue stickers began to appear around Vienna boldly claiming: “I cried here,” “I’m never here,” “I hid out here” – riffs on the “I was here” graffiti. The 22,000 stickers, […]
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An Interview with Architecture Professor Baerbel Mueller

“Some of the most famous architects in the world – Zaha Hadid, Kazuyo Sejima – are non-Western, non-European women. That says a lot about how ‘emancipated’ we are here in the West.” As an architecture student at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the 1990s, Baerbel Mueller remembers having a lot of freedom: “We […]
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Blind Faith | Following a Guide Dog on Duty in Vienna

People think that our dogs just follow orders. But really, it’s a cooperation – we tell them what we need, and they see how they can implement it.” When dogs encounter each other on the street, there’s often a scuffle. Owners tug on leashes, by-standers are annoyed. But when an inquisitive pug barked at Ayhoka, […]
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Natal Attraction | How the Schönbrunn Zoo Gets Its Beloved Elephants

“While I was schlepping a barrow of elephant dung, a passing visitor said, ‘These zoo people always look so damn happy!’ It’s true – I love my job.” – Hannah Schleicher, Zookeeper at Schönbrunn Zoo The first elephant ever born in a zoo was born at Schönbrunn in 1906. The oldest zoo in the world […]
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Do You Speak Kätzisch? | Chatting with a Cat Coach

“Many people treat their cats like babies in fur costumes. But they are not replacements for children; they have their own special needs.” It is said, a cat has nine lives. But Shawnee, a 10-year-old Maine Coon living in Floridsdorf, seems pretty happy with just the one. His home is Zen-like, with a garden and […]
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The Dark Horse of the Spanish Riding School | An Interview with Rider Marcus Nov...

“The relationship with the horse is often even better than the one with a spouse. We have to both work together and have fun together.” The packed house waited eagerly for the stars to arrive. Taking photos was forbidden. As the performers slowly entered one by one to ceremonial music, every movement was met with […]
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